Confirmation Academy Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Confirmation Academy, grades 7th-10th, focuses on the next step of our student’s Jewish journey. The goals of this program are: Jewish content, socialization and experiential learning, a meaningful educational experience and to engage Jewish teens. This program will be held on Tuesday evening. It is a time just for our teens and to help facilitate socialization.
This curriculum contains: a structured core curriculum, electives, and prayer practice. Our core classes are: Seventh grade - B’nai Mitzvah Preparation, Eighth grade - Jewish Lifecycles, Ninth grade - World Religion, and Tenth Grade - Confirmation. Students will also take some trips and have visits by scholars, clergy, and professionals. The core classes are both experiential and discussion based. The “core” classes take place the first hour of each Tuesday evening. Electives will take place during the second hour. Students have a choice of three electives. In 2016-2017, our electives are the Holocaust, Contemporary Jewish Ethical Dilemmas, and Experiencing Judaism Everyday which is a project-based class.
Students in the Confirmation Academy have the opportunity to participate in two very exciting trips. In Ninth grade, Old York Road Temple-Beth Am joins 300 teens in Washington, DC for the L’taken Seminar. This program is designed to expose students to a variety of public policy issues and explore the Jewish values that surround them. Students also have the opportunity to explore D.C. In 2017, the trip will be the weekend of January 27. The Tenth Grade Confirmation Students annually take a trip to New York City. Past trips have included the Jewish museum, a Broadway show, visits to Chelsea Market, Times Square, and celebrating Havdallah in Central Park. Each year the itinerary changes based on the preferences of that particular class. A trip is planned for May 2017. The culmination of the Tenth Grade program is the Confirmation Ceremony. Confirmation is planned for late Spring 2017, on the day of the holiday of Shavuot.