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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. Leave Egypt, slavery and childhood behind as you, like your ancestors before you, learn through the challenges of the wilderness what it means to be an adult. The journey ends at the foot of Mount Sinai as you prepare to accept Jewish adult responsibility.

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

The year culminates with the Confirmation ceremony during the Shavuot evening worship service on June 3, 2014. At the ceremony, all students who complete this one-year program 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 your beliefs and values with your families and members of the congregation is a rite of passage you will remember the rest of your 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. 225 or download the form. Tuition is $1,075. Scholarships are available on a need basis; please contact the Religious School.

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