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Confirmation

 

HONOR THE 2022 CONFIRMATION CLASS
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Harper Barankin, child of Ann Patterson &  Nathan Barankin

 

Tatum Blackman, child of Josh Blackman

 

Miranda Churchill, child of Karen &                 Chris Churchill

 

Hodaya Cohen-Kedem, child of Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem & Adar Cohen

 

Klara Milch Goldberg, child of Judith Milch & Richard Goldberg

 

Bunny (Alison) Heather, child of Jamie Korer & Julian Heather

 

Ryan Hirschensohn, child of Taryn Harkness and of Damon Hirschensohn

 

Ellery Kaye, child of Cassie Gilson & Loren Kaye

 

Zephan Mastronarde, child of Kelly Lewellen & Josh Mastronarde

 

Samantha Meredith, child of Erika &                Neal Meredith

 

Aliya Passovoy, child of Melanie & Dave Passovoy

 

E Robinson, child of Davita Levin-Robinson & Seth Robinson

 

Benjamin Rubin, child of Jennifer Freeland and of Roy Rubin

 

Joshua Schwartz, child of Ilana & Brian Schwartz

 

Jet Steele, child of Shoshana & Tom Steele

 

Zachary Stern, child of Rachel & Eric Stern


Confirmation Class 2020

Confirmation is an important step towards lifelong Jewish learning. This program seeks to answer students’ questions and help them experience how Jewish values help shape their own lives. The class is based on topics important to students. Confirmation class is led by Rabbi Mona Alfi.

The highlight is an immersive experience as a class with other Jewish teens either through NFTY in Israel or URJ Mitzvah Corps! To bond as a community and to defray the costs of the trip, the students together with their families perform a variety of fundraising activities. These include congregation activities such as our annual Chanukah Latke dinner, theater events, "Parent's Night Out" childcare, pizza sales, car washes and a fabulous raffle, all marketed to the congregation.

The year culminates with a confirmation service on Shavuot, where students publicly affirm their Jewish identities, share what they have learned with the congregation, and recommit to a lifetime of learning.

The concept of confirmation began in the 1800's in Europe with Judaism's Reform movement. Confirmation provides a goal for continuing studies and permits students to explore concepts in greater depth and understanding than would have been possible at a younger age. Unlike the individual focus of the B'nai mitzvah process, confirmation is a community of young adults confirming their commitment to Judaism and Jewish living.

Reform leaders drew a parallel between the Jewish people's acceptance of the Torah at Mount Sinai and Jewish confirmation students accepting the role of Judaism in their lives. Thus, it has become customary to hold confirmation ceremonies on the festival of Shavuot, which celebrates the anniversary of receiving the Torah. Confirmands conduct a service together, reading Torah and presenting their d'rashes, or teachings.

 

For information about Confirmation, please contact Rabbi Alfi at  rabbialfi@bnais.com or 916-446-4861

Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyar 5782