Confirmation is an extraordinary opportunity for 10th and 11th grade high school students to interact with their rabbi on a wide variety of contemporary issues and to begin formulating their own opinions on these significant topics. It is also a wonderful social forum for Jewish kids to meet on a weekly basis and interact with one another outside of their respective high schools. Our Rabbi loves teaching this class as it allows him to connect with students who have already celebrated their b’nei mitzvah and get to know them better.
The following is a partial list of topics which are explored during these sessions:
• Youth in Rebellion: Drugs and Substance Abuse.
• Interdating and Intermarriage - Aren’t we all the same?
• Anti-Semitism - Is Anti-Zionism the NEW antisemitism?
• God, Man and the Universe - The role of God and spirituality in our lives.
• Good and Evil - Why be good?
• When Bad things happen to good people - How do you explain it?
• Jews, Jesus, and Christianity.
• Teenage suicide.
• Jewish attitudes towards love and sexuality - Does God belong in the bedroom?
• Dealing with stress - Why am I so stressed out?
• Who is a Jew? - Patrilineal vs. Matrilineal descent.
• Life after Death.
• Colleges and Judaism - What percentage of Jews should I look for in choosing a college? Interviewing and tips on writing a college essay.
• Revelation - What really happened at Sinai?
• What does God want from Us? What are our duties to humanity? To ourselves? To our families?
• Are there essential beliefs in Judaism? The role of Kashrut, joy, prayer, mitzvoth.
• Cults – missionaries, Jews for Jesus - Why do they care so much about our “souls”?
• Prayer - Does God really hear prayer? What happens when I pray?
• Isn’t it enough to be ethical? What does religion have to do with it?
• Jews with different views - American Judaism today - Do we really need all these denominations?
• Euthanasia - Whose life is it anyway? Should we have a say in what we do with our bodies?
• The Influence of Family on being a Jew.
• Jewish belief in the Messiah - and the differences with Christianity.
• Capital punishment - Does a government have the right to take a person’s life?
The class meets weekly on Thursday evenings. Students should arrive at 6:45 pm for a pizza dinner and class will begin promptly at 7pm ending at 8:15pm.