The Confirmation Program at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley is for young adults in 9th & 10th grade (or the equivalent) who seek to continue to explore their Jewish education. Through ongoing activities including dynamic dinners and discussions with Rabbi Yael Romer, community-based social justice participation, and becoming an aide in the religious school, confirmands are encouraged to develop as socially active, mindful, and empowered Jewish adolescents and adults. Topics explored include subjects relevant to the lives of young Jewish adults, sourcing from newspaper, articles, social media, film, art, and history.
Confirmation is built around participation. There is no homework. Teens are chronically overwhelmed and overcommitted. Our confirmation program works within the culture of adolescence to foster meaningful and empowering growth. We are consistently reviewing and evaluating the program to ensure it is not another source of stress for our valued youth. Our most valued feedback is from the participants, whose input fuels the ongoing co-creation of our program. The completion of Confirmation is celebrated with a special ceremony at the end of the school year.
The confirmation program includes s a Shabbaton trip, which is open to all enrolled individuals. Locations for the trip have included Newport, Rhode Island and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with additional future locations currently being explored. Trips have included visits to the Touro Synagogue, the nations oldest synagogue, and Congregation Temple Beth-El, the thriving, historic synagogue founded and led by Black Jewish rabbbis and leaders. The trip focuses on increasing awareness and exposure to diversity within Jewish communities and Jewish experiences, as well as activating and galvanizing youth to "pray with their feet" by taking part in events focused on community justice.
Mazel Tov Confirmation Class Graduates 2018-2019
2019 Shabbaton Trip
Newport, Rhode Island
The trip included a visit to the Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish house of worship built in the United States. Confirmands led their own Havdalah service and focused on developing and deepening their connection to their Jewish identity, soul, and history through meditation, discussion, creative expression, and connecting with diverse community members and peers.