25 July 2019
Liberal Judaism has launched a Kabbalat Torah scheme for 14-16 year olds in small communities, so that they continue their Jewish education past bar/bat mitzvah.
Kabbalat Torah (also known as confirmation) is unique to Liberal Judaism. It is purposely undertaken at a time when it is felt students will have a more mature and personal understanding of Jewish values and are able to affirm their commitment to Judaism as a consequence of a personal decision.
Liberal Judaism’s large communities – including The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue and The Liberal Synagogue Elstree – enjoy large Kabbalat Torah classes culminating in graduation services written and led by the pupils themselves.
However smaller communities can find it hard to get the numbers, meaning some children miss out on this opportunity to confirm their own commitment to Judaism.
That is why Liberal Judaism has created this new Kabbalat Torah programme, entitled Judaism in Plain Sight, especially for Progressive Jewish communities with a maximum of five students in school years 9 or 10.
It will include day trips and weekend residentials around the UK, guided by experts and activists, enabling those taking part to explore their Jewish identity and question the status quo.
Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Danny Rich, said: “Kabbalat Torah is the journey to developing independence and knowledge within our Jewish practise. This programme is a chance to examine our Liberal values and traditions, and where they fit into modern life; in plain sight.
“It’s vital that we offer this opportunity to all young Liberal Jews, no matter where they are in the country nor how big their community is. I look forward to welcoming our first graduating class.”[Picture: A recent Kabbalat Torah class from Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue]
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