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 The Confirmation Ceremony
Reform Perspective by Rivka C. Berman

At some temples, confirmation is known as “Kabbalat Torah,” the words mean “accepting the Torah.” This is the intent of the ceremony, to demonstrate the teens’ acceptance of Judaism. Confirmation/Kabbalat Torah is celebrated by groups of teens, unlike the individual bar/bat mitzvah ceremony.

Often confirmation is scheduled to coincide with the Shavuot holiday, which commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments. It’s a good time of year for this celebration. First, Shavuot falls out around June – the month of graduation ceremonies. Second, the symbolism of receiving the Torah is highly appropriate for the confirmation that marks a deeper acceptance of Judaism.

Confirmation age is generally between 15 to18 years.

Ceremonies vary. Confirmation classes might lead a portion of the Friday night services. They may be asked to write a presentation, such as one on the theme “Where we are. Where we are going.” One goal of confirmation is to keep teenagers involved in synagogue life, so they may be given responsibilities/privileges such as handing out the prayer books, changing the page number display as the service progresses, or acting as ushers.

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