Hill Havurah Confirmation Program 5778

While Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies mark a young person’s entry into Jewish adulthood, Confirmation provides high school-aged teens with the opportunity to confirm their place in the Jewish community, and to commit themselves to Jewish learning and Jewish life.  Confirmation around age sixteen first became a Jewish tradition in the Reform Movement in the 1800s, when the movement questioned a child’s ability to commit to a tradition at the young age of thirteen.  Now, many Jewish communities mark intention with B’nai Mitzvah and commitment with Confirmation, around the time of Shavu’ot -- the holiday which marks our receiving and assenting to the Torah as a people at Sinai.

Our teens will participate in two Shabbatonim, Shabbat experiences away from home and together as a group, as preparation for Confirmation.  These overnight experiences will focus on exploring Torah and Shabbat creatively and communally, with room for each young person’s unique way of being Jewish.


5778 (Fall 2017-Spring 2018) Guidelines for Reaching Confirmation:

     1. Participation in Fall Shabbaton, October 27-28, 2017 -- register below!

     2. Participation in Winter Shabbaton, January 26-27, 2018

     3. Participation in Confirmation Service, Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Teens also have the option of attending Torah study with their peers at mutually agreed upon times with Rabbi Hannah, as well as “Jewveniles” events with other teens at Hill Havurah.

Please contact Rabbi Hannah at rabbihannah@hillhavurah.org for more information.                                                                                  

Winter Confirmation Shabbaton 5778

When:  Friday, January 26th through Saturday, January 27th

Where:  The farm of Steve Tanner (of the Blind Whino in SW DC) in The Plains, VA.

Time:  We’ll meet between 4:30 and 5pm on Friday and depart at 6pm on Saturday

Who:  10th and 11th grade members of Hill Havurah!

What:  Exploring Judaism and Torah during Shabbat together!

How:  Food, learning, sleepover, silliness, havdalah, and more.

Cost:  $54 for early bird members (11/30 - 12/11/17), $72 for members without early bird discount, and $108 for non-members

Bring:  Sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, comfy change of clothes, some chocolate or another small token of gratitude for our host Steve, tallit if you have one, and an open mind.

Please don’t bring: Laptop, earbuds, tablet, homework, etc.                                                                                                                                         

Enrollment for Winter Confirmation Shabbaton is closed! 

Wed, May 23 2018 9 Sivan 5778