After Bar or Bat Mitzvah through Confirmation
Temple Beth Tikvah is committed to our teens’ Jewish journeys. We have created a learning community for rising 8th and 9th graders that is creative and compelling for Jewish teens. Our students share concerns that confront young people in a safe place, discover how they can "own" their Jewish experiences differently after they become b’nai mitzvah, and strengthen their own Jewish identities. Jewish education is a lifelong endeavor. This program engages our students in meaningful ways, builds a stronger youth community, and prepares them for making Jewish choices for “the real world.”
During the 10th grade, our students study with Rabbi Shuval-Weiner. The year concludes with a confirmation ceremony held in our sanctuary under the guidance of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner and Cantor Kassel.
MONDAY NIGHT PROGRAM
The students gather on Monday nights as a single community, where they enjoy an informal dinner with their friends and interactive classes designed to help them explore Judaism from a new vantage point. Each program has a community-building element, forging connections among the teens and being creative inpresentations (using discussions, debates, role playing, art) to make the learning fun and stimulating.
KESHER (8TH AND 9TH GRADE)
Kesher means “Connection.” Students in grades 8 and 9 participate in a program designed especially for their unique needs and stage in life. We build on their religious school experiences and focus on issues of the day that confront them as Jewish teens, including responding to anti-Semitism in public school, social justice & Judaism, questions of Jewish identity, and more.
CONFIRMATION (10TH GRADE)
During the 10th grade, Temple Beth Tikvah students participate in a “Jewish Journey,” a personal learning experience with Rabbi Shuval-Weiner that involves exploring “God, Torah, and Israel” using contemporary themes and classic Jewish sources. The year includes a four-day trip to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. The year concludes with a Confirmation ceremony created and led by the students under the guidance of Rabbi Shuval-Weiner and Cantor Kassel.
KIVUNIM (11TH/12TH GRADES)
Our newest initiative addresses the needs of our post-Confirmation students. Kivunim means “pathways.” This year of continued learning will help our students to think about “what comes next.” Topics will include issues that relate to an independent Jewish life after graduating high school, such as Israel on Campus, Maintaining our Tradition at School,
God in the Quad, and responses to challenging questions confronting Reform Jewish students.
For information about dates, fees, and more, please refer to our Registration Forms.
For questions about registration, please contact the Religious School, at 770-642-4168.