Our program for 8th through 10th Graders is one through which students earn midot credits for participating in a variety of activities. In addition to a monthly formal class, these options include attending services, taking part in youth activities, being madrichim in our religious school, independent (or small group) study with one of the clergy, and other activities.
The idea behind this is that students will receive credits for participating in Jewish life so that when they are Confirmed, they have a sense of their Jewish selves and what they are confirming. Each year, we expect that each student will earn a specific number of points; we will do everything we can to help all of our students be successful in this endeavor. 8th Grade students will need 50 points, 9th Grade will need 75, and 10th grade will be expected to earn 100 points.
Click here to find a document that notes the midot opportunities—credits may also be given for other activities that students suggest. Students can submit their Midot Points here, as well as on paper.
In addition, here is more information about our programs this coming year:
- Classes will take place once a month on Sundays from 12:00 to 1:30 (immediately following Religious School). The Classes will be taught by the clergy and the Director of Lifelong Learning. Each grade’s learning will be divided into 3 units, with special all Confirmation learning opportunities in between units:
- 8th Grade: What is important to you about being Jewish? Examining the pillars of God, Torah, and Israel and the roles each plays in your Jewish identity.
- 9th Grade: Israel through different lenses: Israel as a spiritual and cultural anchor, a modern state, and a Jewish homeland, and more.
- 10th Grade: What’s My Torah: How has Torah and understanding of it changed, and how does that influence my understanding of it?; Living Torah: How do we live a Jewish life? How does Judaism influence our actions? How do we put it all together?; and preparation for the Confirmation Service.
Confirmation Dates - 2021-2022
September 19, 2021 – Class - 12:00 – 1:30 pm
October 24, 2021 - Class - 12:00 – 1:30 pm
November 14, 2021 - Class - 4:00 – 5:30 pm
December 12, 2021 – Class - 12:00 – 1:30 pm
January 9, 2022 – Class -12:00 – 1:30 pm
February 4-7, 2022 - L'taken Retreat
February 13, 2022 – Class - 12:00 – 1:30 pm
March 13, 2022 - Class - 12:00 – 1:30 pm
March 18, 2022 - Purim Spiel - 7:00 pm
March 20, 2022 - Purim Carnival - 9:00 am
April 10, 2022 – Class and Confirmation Rehearsal -12:30 – 1:30 pm
May 18, 2022 – Class and Confirmation Rehearsal -12:30 – 1:30 pm
May 25, 2022 – Confirmation Rehearsal – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
June 2, 2022 – Secret Service (10th Grade) – 7:00– 9:00 pm
June 3 – Confirmation Service (10th Grade) – 7:00 – 8:00 pm
8th & 9th Grade present at service