Confirmation

Self-respect is never a gift. It is always an achievement."

— Rabbi Sherwin Wine

 
Believe it or not, our students actually look forward to “finally” being old enough to be in our Confirmation Class! The class is packed with interesting field trips to various religious institutions to experience other religions and other forms of Judaism, discussions about how these religions attempt to answer the big questions of life, and critical thinking to encourage students to develop their own personal philosophy and code of ethics.
 
The Confirmation service, held on a Friday evening in May, marks the graduation from Sunday School for 10th graders as the congregation welcomes them into the adult community. The service is created by the 9th/10th grade class under the direction of teacher David Hirsch and Rabbi Chalom. Each confirmant gives a presentation about their personal views on religion, Judaism, ethics, etc.  A sampling of these thoughtful presentations is below.
 

Sample Confirmation Speeches

Religion as Theatre: Good theatre relies on the audience’s willing suspension of disbelief—you know that what you’re seeing is not reality, but the performance makes you feel like you’re in another world.  .  .  . However, in religion, the role of the audience is different. The curtain should never come down. Read entire speech.

Source of Evil: There have been innumerable discussions and debates about where evil comes from.  I hope that one day people will understand that it doesn’t only come from broken homes and third world countries. Even more often, it comes from a part of us that wants everyone to be like us. Read entire speech.

Gandhi: Gandhi was a Hindu.  His belief system included an idea of God and the creation of the universe.  However, this did not prevent him from considering how humans could interact with the world and make it a better place. Read entire speech.

Choices: Oprah said that “With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.”  My religious training has taught me to believe in my own choices, to let myself choose who I will become and let these choices mold what I believe. Read entire speech.

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