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High School Confirmation Program

A Jewish journey through adolescence, from Egypt to Sinai...

Ninth through 12th graders will engage in a year-long journey guided by the travels of the ancient Israelites. They will leave Egypt, slavery and childhood behind as, like their ancestors before them, they learn through the challenges of the wilderness what it means to be an adult. The journey ends at the foot of Mount Sinai as students prepare to accept Jewish adult responsibility.

Once a month, usually on a Sunday evening, from 5 PM to 7 PM, students will take transformative “steps” on their journey, including intellectual text study, meaningful discussion, a wilderness hike, and other experiential learning activities taught by Rabbi Joshua Davidson, Rabbi Ben Zeidman and Program Director of Youth Learning and Engagement Missy Bell. They will respond to a societal issue — chosen as a class — through the lenses of Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim. They also will enrich their year with personal study and action projects.

The year culminates with the Confirmation ceremony during the Shabbat evening worship service on May 15, 2015. At the ceremony, all students who complete this one-year program will reconfirm their commitment to Jewish learning and the Emanu-El community by leading the congregation in worship and study. Standing on the pulpit and sharing their beliefs and values with their families and members of the congregation is a rite of passage students will remember the rest of their lives.

All high school students whose families are members of Congregation Emanu-El may participate in the High School Confirmation Program. To receive a registration form, please contact the Religious School Office at (212) 744-1400, ext. 226 or download the form. Tuition is $1,125. Scholarships are available on a need basis; please contact the Religious School.

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