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Teen Program

For More information, please email Dr. Adina Newman at

To Register for the teen program, please click here 




When and how did confirmation originate?
At Congregation Adat Reyim, the Confirmation ceremony is held at the age of sixteen since the feeling is that a thirteen-year-old bar/bat mitzvah could not really be considered an adult and fully understand the significance of the Jewish ceremony at such a tender age. The Confirmation ceremony is less than two hundred years old! It was instituted in the early nineteenth century in Germany by the Reform movement and soon struck roots in the general Jewish community at large.

Why is confirmation generally tied to the festival of Shavuot?
In 1831, Rabbi Samuel Egers of Brunswick, Germany held his confirmation ceremony on the festival of Shavuot, the festival of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Shavuot provides the natural connection to the idea of transmitting Torah.

Adat Reyim's Confirmation Class participates fully in our Teen Program with additional learning experiences with Rabbi Aft. Focus is on current events and curriculum is student driven. 

Post Confirmation

Adat Reyim recognizes that Junior and Senior years are academically demanding years, yet students want and need to stay connected to their Jewish community and friends at Adat Reyim. Our teen program provides several opportunities to stay involved with Adat Reyim friends and Jewish learning. Students also participate in BBYO events with several opportunities for socializing, social action, and leadership.

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