Here's a look at some of the key ceremonies celebrated through the religious school program at Woodlands.
It is traditional to welcome students to religious school with the ceremony of Consecration. All students in first grade participate in Consecration during the festival of Simchat Torah. Students new to our second, third and fourth grades receive certificates of Consecration during Religious School Tefilah. Families are invited to attend this very special Jewish life-cycle event.
At age thirteen, students who have fulfilled all of the requirements, are privileged to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, son or daughter of the commandments. While this ceremony represents a very significant achievement, it is not to be perceived as the ultimate goal toward which the child is striving in religious education. Participation in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program implies a commitment to continue through 10th grade or beyond. Dates are usually given to families during the 5th grade school year.
Students who have fulfilled all of the requirements are privileged to participate in Confirmation following tenth grade. It is traditional to celebrate Confirmation in conjunction with the festival of Shavuot.
All students who have continued in the Post-Confirmation program through 12th grade will become graduates of Woodlands Community Temple Religious School at a special Shabbat Service in May.
*Please check the Religious School Calendar and other communications from the Temple for this year’s dates of the above mentioned Life Cycle events.