The creators of the first Jewish Confirmation classes wanted their students to study, question, and struggle with what it means to be Jewish in the contemporary world.  This year, TBC’s Confirmation program, developed by Rabbi Bearman and Education Manager Jennifer Haynos, reflects these same goals.  In each grade, our students will have the opportunity to engage with traditional texts, demonstrate their ethical convictions through social action opportunities, and have deep and respectful conversations about their beliefs.  We will challenge our students to think critically and creatively and are excited about what is sure to be a dynamic year.

Course Descriptions:

8th Grade: This year the 8th grade class will explore some of the most creative ways to express spirituality.  Students will connect to Judaism through art, music, nature, yoga, and more.
 
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9th Grade: JEWSTAGRAM- Jewish Instagram!  This class will use the language of social media to discuss Jewish beliefs.  We’ll explore traditional Jewish ideas and ethics and then decide for ourselves what we believe.


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10th Grade: This year’s 10th grade program will focus on this important question: How will my Jewish Identity shape my future?  We will translate traditional Jewish values into contemporary situations, explore creative ways that people connect with Judaism, and live out our Jewish values through social action projects and trips.


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Tikkun Olam

Each class will have meaningful social action opportunities that will enhance and engage their classroom learning experiences.  These programs will include helping the homeless, advocating for just causes, and working with the elderly. Each will be a wonderful and moving experience for our teens!

Madrichim

If you are interested in joining the Madrichim program this fall and would like to be a role model for younger children please join us and become part of our wonderful team of Madrichim (student leaders).  Your participation will make a difference to our students, and you will gain valuable leadership experience.

Please be on the lookout for more information about participating in the program. As a reminder, students who wish to serve as Madrichim are required to be enrolled in the appropriate TBC post B'nai mitzvah program.

Teen Community - Building Event: We would like to invite your teen to join us at Sky Trampoline in Bethel Ct  on Wednesday September 17. It will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up and connect with old and new friends, meet our new Rabbi, and find out more about our confirmation program.  More information to follow.

Calendar Dates: Please add these dates to your calendar. They are the classroom dates and grade level dinners. (10/1, 10/15, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17, 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/11, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/22, 5/6)  8 & 9TH Grade Shabbat Dinner and Service (5/1) and 10th grade Dinner and Confirmation Service (5/22). The social action project dates TBD


***Please email Jennifer Haynos at edmin@templebnaichaim.org if you would like to participate.  If you have any questions or concerns at:  Rabbi Bearman at rabbibearman@templebnaichaim.org or Jennifer Haynos at edmin@templebnaichaim.org