Yesterday was a proud day for our family, and a very happy one for the fifteen-year-old specifically. His religious school class was confirmed, basically meaning that these upcoming high school Juniors are “confirming their commitment to Judaism”. It also means that they are finished with their “formal” religious training (=no more Sunday School), however in the Jewish religion, we are supposed to always seek ways to educate ourselves further in other ways. These kids, however, were not thinking about getting more education last night; they were focusing on the “No More Religious School!” part, which is fine for now. Confirmation is different from a Bar or Bat Mitzvah; to read more about it click here.
The students ran the entire 2-hour service, and it was really, really creative. They actually had a wedding, whereby the confirmands “married” the Torah. They each slipped a silver ring (a napkin ring) on the Torah, and took a ring pop in exchange! It was a very different twist on the Confirmation ceremony, and I really enjoyed it.
They were all asked to not only write an essay (essay booklets containing all 22 essays were handed out to attendees), but to also do some kind of creative project for the occasion. Some played instruments during the service, some read poems, and my
boy young man displayed a photo collage of his Jewish life with his family, Jewish friends, and congregation as a whole. He created the collage digitally on Photoshop and we took it to FedExKinkos to be enlarged to 18″ X 24″, mounted, and laminated. It looked fabulous; I’d love to post it here but the file is just too dang big. Instead, I will take you for a walk down memory lane via some of these photos*!
*I completely forgot to get some family photos of us and Aunt Julie: oops! A friend took a photo of the four of us right before the service; I’ll need to e-mail her and try to get it, I guess!
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Congrats C/O 5768! My guess is second from the left!
omg – that picture… the one on the cover of his Bar Mitzvah program?
Congratulations to you both!
Angie: Ha! You’re right…and so smart! Hee hee
Dette: Thanks! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it too. My sister is responsible for that one.
Oh, more Jew Stuff. I love learning more and Judiasm. I find the more I read the less I knew.
Your 15 year old is a little cutie!
It’s really astounding how fast they’ve grown. I just can’t believe it.
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What a sweet face! So grown upo now. Wonderful pictures. They grow up so fast. I used to think that was a cliche – no longer.