Tenth grade students engage in an intensive study experience in preparation for their Confirmation. Confirmation class, which is taught by the clergy, focuses on theology, social justice, and Reform Judaism. The highlight of the year is a a weekend retreat at the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C., where our students have the opportunity to engage in social justice advocacy. At the end of the school year, Confirmands lead the congregation in worship and study at the Confirmation service, which occurs on the festival of Shavuot. Students are encouraged to visit Israel on a summer tour at the end of the Confirmation year.
The Reform movement established the ceremony of Confirmation in the early 19th century. Confirmation allows young adults to “confirm” their role in the Jewish community while developing their own personal beliefs. Temple Israel of New Rochelle is proud to have been celebrating the Confirmation of young adults since 1912. Each year we add a photo of the newest class to the wall in our Youth Lounge.