What is the Confirmation service and why was it created? Reform Judaism introduced the group Confirmation service for fifteen- or sixteen-year-olds as a substitute for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ritual. It was felt that thirteen was too young to take on the responsibilities of adulthood.
Where and when did the practice of the service originate? It originated in Germany during the nineteenth century.
What is the current-day practice? The Reform movement has reinstituted the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ritual but has retained the practice of Confirmation. Some Conservative and Reconstructionist synagogues have adopted Confirmation. After a Bar/Bat mitzvah, a student is encouraged to continue with his or her religious studies. The culmination of graduation is the Confirmation service.
When does the service take place? It takes place during the holiday of Shavuot when the students stand before the Torah and recommit themselves to our ancient tradition. During this service, the class marks their group status as the next generation to stand at Sinai receiving the Torah as their Jewish heritage.
What is the practice in our synagogue? The tenth grade Hebrew school program is concerned with Confirmation. At the end of the academic year, the Confirmation service is held during the Erev Shavu'ot service. At Temple Beth Rishon, however, learning goes beyond the tenth grade. There is also an eleventh/twelfth grade curriculum.
Who can I contact to find out more about the high school program and Confirmation? Please visit our Religious School High School page or contact Gonen Arad, the Director of the TBR Religious School.