Confirmation was a ceremony developed by Reform Jews in the nineteenth century as an alternative to bar mitzvah. Both were similar in that they involved a significant period of student and were considered a “rite of passage,” but one difference existed between the two—while bar mitzvah marked the beginning of the performance of the mitzvot, or commandments, of the Jewish religion, confirmation was an acceptance of the tenets and principles of the Jewish religion. Long before the bat mitzvah ceremony was established, girls were included in the confirmation ceremony, and this in itself was significant.
Today, both boys and girls participate in both bar and bat mitzvah at 13 and then confirmation in tenth grade in the Reform movement, marking two significant rites of passage in their Jewish lives as young adults. Students who have actively and consistently participated in our religious school educational programming may seek confirmation in their tenth grade year after a year of study with Rabbi Kadden. The confirmation ceremony is celebrated with the Temple Beth El community during the Erev Shavuot service on May 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.