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Kabbalat Torah (Confirmation)

The phrase “Kabbalat Torah” means “receiving/accepting Torah”, and we use this phrase to refer to the rite of Confirmation. Kabbalat Torah in Reform Judaism is connected to Shavuot, the Festival that celebrates the Jewish people receiving Torah at Sinai. This moment in a young person's life is an opportunity to affirm their connection to Judaism.

What does that really mean? Insofar as Judaism is a tradition obsessed with purposeful and compassionate living, this is an invitation into learning about each of our own purposes, passions, and sacred values &endash; and doing so in conversation with thousands of generations past, most of whom are no longer here but cared enough about this ultimate enterprise to pass it on.

We ground this learning in the Talmudic teaching that "the whole world stands on three things: Torah (learning/discovery), Avodah (spirituality), and Gemilut Chasadim (righteous impact). We treat these three areas of Jewish engagement not as lofty ideals but as real-life, applicable, and accessible tools in the Jewish toolbox for making sense of reality, the human condition, and ultimate questions. In our Kabbalat Torah program, we learn together, in interactive and conversational ways, and, at the end of the year, we celebrate students' ideas, on Shavuot. 

This year we'll celebrate on Friday night, May 29, 2020 (technically beginning our service during Shavuot, ending it on Shabbat!). At this service, our whole community will learn from what the class discovers and teaches about the meaning of Judaism, and with it, life itself. 

Fri, August 14 2020 24 Av 5780