Our innovative Confirmation Class allows students to learn more about topics of interest to them in a seminar style format (they choose the subjects) and then do field work related to those topics. Seminars are held one Sunday each month and related field trips are held during alternating months. Each subject includes discussion on Jewish contributions, modern Jewish positions, and Talmudic and textual approaches. Past and current seminar subjects and trips include:
• Climate change — related trip to the Jersey Shore
• Money and Philanthropy — related trip as volunteers for the MS: City to Shore Run
• Attaining peace in our time— with separate mediation training
• Technology — related trip to a STEM lab
• Homelessness — related trip involving a food “drop off” at a homeless center and the making of fleece blankets for an emergency shelter
•Racial Relations — related trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum
• Food Insecurity— related trip to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ (preparing and serving breakfast) and cooking lessons with a professional chef.
• Controversial Subjects — gun control, reproductive rights, sexual harassment
• Music — related trip to a church known for its Gospel music choir and leading Temple Sinai Shabbat Services
• Science and Medicine — related trip to the Mutter Museum
• Honoring Veterans — related trip to Crescent Cemetery to place flag holders on veterans’ gravesites following by a brunch with veterans
• Broadway and theater — related trip to the Walnut Street Theater for acting lessons
• Educational Policy
• Sports — related activity to run sports related events at Lag BaOmer field day
• Bullying/cyber bullying
• Refugees and victims of war — related trip to the National Liberty Museum
• Animals — related trips to the National Greyhound Adoption Center and to Seer Animal Farm (fostered animals).
• Environmental Protection — related trip to the Rancocas Nature Center to repair butterfly enclosure
• Fake News and politics — related trip to view the Union League’s political campaign collection
• Senior issues — related trip to Lion’s Gate Assisted Living Center for BINGO
Gift Of Israel
Temple Sinai participates in a cooperative savings program, co-funded by member families, synagogues and the Jewish Federation (through AJA contributions). It helps strengthen Jewish identity by enabling post-Confirmation Religious School students to visit Israel on sponsored trips.
The Federation and Synagogue will each give a stipend of up to $150 for seven years ($1,050) towards an extended post-confirmation trip to Israel with groups such as USY, Ramah, and others. Each family who wants to participate also contributes by creating a savings account at Bank Hapoalim. Contributions usually begin when your child is in 3rd grade. If your child decides not to continue with Confirmation, your investment will be returned.
This is an excellent way to set aside funds so your child can visit Israel with other teens.
Contact Debra Broudy at email@example.com for more information and to sign-up.