Sign In Forgot Password

Hill Havurah 10th Grade Chizuk Program 5780

While Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies mark a young person’s entry into Jewish adulthood, 10th Grade Chizuk 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 this tradition, around the time of Shavu’ot -- the holiday which marks our receiving and assenting to the Torah as a people at Sinai.  Our teens have chosen to name the process Chizuk, or Strengthening, since through this process they are strengthening their already strong Jewish identities and commitments.

Our teens will participate in two Shabbatonim, Shabbat experiences away from home and together as a group, as preparation for 10th Grade Chizuk.  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.  

5780 (2019-20) Guidelines for Reaching this Milestone:

     1. Participation in Winter Shabbaton, January 24-25, 2020 

     2. Participation in Spring Shabbaton, April 17-18, 2020 

     3. Participation in Chizuk Service, Saturday, May 30th, 2020

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 for more information.                                                                                  

Winter Chizuk Shabbaton 5780

When:  Friday, January 24th at 4:30 PM through Saturday, January 25th at 6:00 PM.

Where:  Hill Havurah, 212 East Capitol Street, NE

Who:  Hill Havurah 10th graders

What:  Exploring Judaism and Torah during Shabbat together!

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

Bring:  Sleeping bag, optional air mattress or sleeping pad, warm layers and blankets, pillow, towel, toiletries, comfy change of clothes, tallit if you have one, and an open mind.

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


Cost: $144 for members, and $216 for non-members.

For information about financial assistance, please contact Director of Operations Alan Shusterman at

Sat, October 23 2021 17 Cheshvan 5782