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Hill Havurah 10th Grade Chizuk Program 5779

While Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies mark a young person’s entry into Jewish adulthood, Tenth 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 Tenth 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.  

5779 (Fall 2018-Spring 2019) Guidelines for Reaching this milestone:

     1. Participation in Fall Shabbaton, October 26-27, 2018 

     2. Participation in Spring Shabbaton, March 29-30, 2019 - register here!

     3. Participation in Chizuk Service, Saturday, June 8th, 2019

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.                                                                                  

Spring Chizuk Shabbaton 5779

When:  Friday, March 29th at 5:30 PM through Saturday, March 30th at 6:15 PM.

The Plains, VA

Who:  10th grade members of Hill Havurah

What:  Exploring Judaism and Torah during Shabbat together!

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

$72 for members , 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 hosts, tallit if you have one, and an open mind.

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


Tue, July 16 2019 13 Tammuz 5779