Once a child reaches the milestone of B’nai Mitzvah, Jewish learning does not stop, rather it changes to a more adult format and content. Our 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students explore together a broad variety of challenging ideas through the Confirmation Academy. Operating in a separate part of the building, these older students engage in spirited discussion, the study of Jewish text, and classes on subjects like Jewish sports, humor, movies, mythologies, ethics, politics, personal challenges and cooking.
In addition, we operate a gender-separated special program for our teens that focuses on the particular issues of becoming a young man or woman. The girl’s portion of this program is based on Rosh Chodesh: It’s a Girl’s Thing, and the boys program is a pilot developed in partnership with another local synagogue.
Please call Rabbi Freedman at 215-627-6747 x19 with any questions about Confirmation Academy.
151st Confirmation Service & Shavuot Celebration
Wednesday, May 15 at 10am
Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our 2013 Confirmands:
Sophie Behrend daughter of Susan & Daniel Behrend
Audrey Fein daughter of Paula & Adam Fein
Darius Fekri son of Helen Levin & Nassa Fekri
Jacob Jamison son of Cosima Jamison & Seth Jamison (z’l)
Jess Kaplan son of Nancy & Josh Kaplan
Emma Lipschutz daughter of Betsy & Robert Lipschutz
At Rodeph Shalom, building community starts with children. We have a junior youth group for grades 3 through 7 each with their own advisor and programming. Students join together for engaging and fun activities and Social Action projects. The Senior Youth Group, RSTY, draws students from grades 9-12 for social, athletic, travel, religious and educational activities during the year.
All of our post B’nai Mitzvah students travel at least once a year. The goal of travel is to build tighter connections between students and to demonstrate Jewish lessons by living them. Older students (grades 10-12) travel to a rotation that includes Washington, DC for the Religious Action Center’s L’taken Seminar on Jewish political activism; Israel for a 10 day adventure over winter break; and various domestic and international locations for projects on social action, Jewish history or Eco-Judaism.