Confirmation

Confirmation is a somewhat less widespread coming of age ritual that occurs when a child is 16 or 18. Confirmation was originally developed by the Reform movement, which scorned the idea that a 13 year old child was an adult (but see explanation below). They replaced bar and bat mitzvah with a confirmation ceremony at the age of 16 or 18. However, due to the overwhelming popularity of the bar or bat mitzvah, the Reform movement has revived the practice.

Confirmation Class
Confirmation Class of 2004

At Garden City Jewish Center (as well as other reform congregations), students can continue their Jewish education and involvement after their B’nei Mitzvot.  The Rabbi conducts the Confirmation classes in his home.  The students have refreshments (there is usually a different pie each week) and discuss comparative religions and ethics. The students are prepared to read a Torah portion during a confirmation service that occus at a Friday night Shabbat service.