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Julie Alter

Creation/Nature

Meaty hands shove you forward.  You stumble and fall, your hands sinking into the grass, knees swallowed by the mud.  Tears sting your eyes and you think.

This is where it all began.  The first humans, naked and afraid, clawed their way up from the corners of the earth and somehow managed to stand on shaky legs.  You feel the warmth of the sun on the back of your neck . . . and you rise.

What Does Confirmation Mean to Me?  To confirm anything is to get closure . . . to seal the deal . . . bring it full circle.  And, what’s a better way to end an encounter than with a firm handshake; fingers intertwine, palms touch and hold for a moment until you pull apart and continue on your way.  But a handshake is not only good-bye.  It can also be hello.  Confirmation is only the beginning.

 

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Brett Bookbinder

Brett Bookbinder

Peace

 I pray that everyone in the entire world wakes up one day and need not worry that taking a walk is putting their lives in danger.

 

What Does Confirmation Mean to Me?  Confirmation means more opportunities to learn.

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Hannah Feldman

Hannah Feldman 1

Love

Being Jewish means that we must love one another equally because we are all small fragments of one huge whole.

 

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Isaac Gandelman

Isaac Gandelman

Community

Social action is a wonderful way to join people together and make new friends.  But social action is also an important part of a community, for getting the word out there allowing new members to know that we are here and how they can join.  What does community actually mean to me  . . . nothing short of a way to contact people, bring them together and have a good time together.

What does TRT mean to me?  Why I like this school is easy.  TRT is always welcoming to new members and home for old members.  Going to school here makes me feel like I am part of a large family where warmth and hugs are always there.

 

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Ashley Jay

Ashley Jay

Tradition

Judaism is passing traditions from generation to generation.  Family values and Jewish ethics will be taught to children for generations to come.  The way they live their lives depends on demonstrating these values and ethics.

 

What Does Confirmation Mean to Me?   Confirmation is an honor for a Jewish adult where one studies the principles and ethics of Judaism.  It uses Jewish values to teach young adults how to live their lives.

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Rachel Loeser

Rachel Loeser

Prayer

Prayer is something that is very personal for me.  It is where I can voice opinions, ask for guidance and discuss my problems.  It is a way to reach out to God for answers while not being judged.  I may not get answers but it always feels good to get things off my mind.  Overall, prayer gives me a peaceful sense of well-being.

What Does Confirmation Mean to Me?   The reason I expanded my Jewish studies and went on with Hebrew high school is a completely different reason than people may perceive it to be.  Judaism has a huge impact on who I am today and who I will be in the future.  Being confirmed is a choice I made but being confirmed is the start of my future.  I am here today because I care.  I care about my morals and values. I have learned not only from my teachers but from my peers.

 

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Bradley Patchett

Brad Patchett

Hope

Throughout her struggles with chemo and having to look into her children’s eyes as she told us of her breast cancer, she fought on.  This woman is my mother.  I knew she was devastated and cried when she was alone but she is strong and always smiled on the outside.  Every day, I would pray for a cure for this disease and looked more towards God than the doctors.  I knew there had to be a miracle to help cure my mother.  Eventually, after endless months of bravely battling her cancer, the miracle happened that changed our lives.  She is now cancer free.  In that moment, I knew that God heard us and was watching over us.

What Does Confirmation Mean to Me? Confirmation means improving the community by bringing temples together to help make a difference.  Confirmation means going one step further in the Jewish community as a true, committed member of society.

 

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Jessica Rivilis

Jessica Rivilis

Prayer

Prayer brings me closer to God.  When I pray, I feel as though God is listening to me.  Whether it is before taking a difficult test or while at temple, prayer makes me feel comfortable.  I know that I am not alone when I pray.  Someone is always listening to me and watching over me.  By praying with my congregation, I feel closer to my community.  Through prayer, I invite God into my life.  Prayer always allows me to honor God and my ancestors.  Prayer is important to me and affects the way I live my life.

What Does Confirmation Mean To Me?  Confirmation means that I am committed to my religion.  To me, Confirmation reflects the years I have dedicated to my Jewish education.  Confirmation is something I accomplished on my own, without anyone telling me that I had to do it.  It is something that I achieved for myself and not for anyone else.

 

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Erica Wiener

Erica Wiener

Torah/Learning

As I learn Torah, I am gaining an understanding of the philosophy of Judaism.  By studying Torah, I realize that if I make a commitment to it, I will only benefit from it.  The studying of Torah has exposed me to stories that teach life lessons.  Judaism is not only a religion; it is a way of life.  It provides me with the guidelines necessary to live a fulfilling life.

What Does Confirmation Mean To Me?  Confirmation means that I have reached maturity.  It marks a point in a person’s life when they reach maturity and have met all the necessary requirements to do so.  Being confirmed means that an individual has learned their responsibilities as a Jewish adult and is willing to accept their obligation to observing the commandments.

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Carly Weinstein

Carly Weinstein

Social Action

The main purpose of social action is to give back and essentially help those who cannot help themselves or are in need of assistance.  Many people throughout history have been strong advocates for social justice and have influenced many other individuals into following in their footsteps.  Social justice, to me is assisting those who have no way of assisting themselves and devoting my own time to helping other people.  By doing this, we’re promoting a positive change in society while feeling good and doing good.  For the past few months, I have participated in a program called the Sandy Teen Fellowship.  We help rebuild homes that were severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy while also learning vital leadership and social skills.  Through this program, I have gained confidence and have strengthened my ability to interact with others.  I have learned how to effectively work with my peers and come up with possible solutions to an issue without getting into an argument about it.  I have learned more about Jewish values and the true meaning of tzedakahwhile working with others to find solutions to problems that face our community.  This program works continuously to give back to those who don’t have as much as we may have while educating the participants on how to bring about effective change in society, as individuals and as a group.  That, to me is the true meaning of social justice.

                                                                                                                                                 

What Does Confirmation Mean To Me?  For me, being confirmed is a huge milestone in my life and is validation that I am determined enough to have made it this far in my Jewish education.  Becoming a bat mitzvah symbolized my first step on an extremely long, yet amazing journey.  I chose to continue on to Hebrew high school to become more knowledgeable about my religion.  Yet, I never expected to learn so much while being a part of an amazing Jewish community.  Every moment here with these amazing people has defined me as a person and challenged me while teaching me important Jewish values.  Confirmation is finally being able to recognize my potential in the Jewish community and being able to shape the world in a Jewish way.

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