Confirmation is a relatively new Jewish life cycle ceremony, dating back to the early 1800’s. The first Confirmation ceremonies were substituted for Bar Mitzvah ceremonies and organized like graduation exercises. In 1822, a class of thirteen-year-old boys and girls were confirmed at the Reform synagogue in Berlin. Eventually Bar (and later Bat) Mitzvah ceremonies came back into popular Reform practice and Confirmation was postponed until a later stage in a student’s religious education, between ninth and twelfth grades. Since then Confirmation has been firmly linked to advanced Jewish learning. - From The Book of Jewish Life, by Jo David and Daniel B Syme
Confirmation year is the culmination of formal religious studies at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (typically in the tenth grade year). According to the policy set by the Religious Education Committee prior to 1994, “no student is eligible for Confirmation who has not completed at least two years of religious school immediately prior to the Confirmation year in a satisfactory fashion, as well as all requirements for the Confirmation program itself.” In April 2001, the Religious Education Committee updated and readopted the following policy, “In order for a student to be eligible for Confirmation, he/she must have been registered in our religious school and Beit Midrash (or their equivalents) through tenth grade, as well as having completed all requirements of the Confirmation program itself.”
All questions regarding requirements for Confirmation eligibility should be directed to Rabbi Lief.
Our religious school has a projected calendar of twenty four (24) class sessions for the academic year. It is our expectation that Confirmands attend each session in order to meet the curricular requirements of Confirmation.