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Rabbi Janet Marder
May 25, 2002

George Burns once said: "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family -- in another city." Jewish culture is rich in jokes about themishpokhe, the extended family - probably because family is at the heart of Jewish identity. In the old country, and in the early part of the 20th century, when hordes of Jewish immigrants crowded together in tenements, the generations lived together. Grandma or Grandpa might live with their children, or just upstairs in the duplex. Brothers and sisters would often grow up and move into houses in the same neighborhoods as their parents. When my mom...

Jacquelyn Braggin
Confirmation 5763
May 20, 2002

The glowing light of the Havdalah candle embraced our faces as we sat in a circle on the cold chapel floor. After we scrambled to our feet and crunched back to the cabins, the girls in my cabin and I talked about what an elating experience we had had. At first we came to Camp Swig for the confirmation retreat weekend, ready to have a good time, but we ended the weekend with something much more important. For once, I felt like I understood everyone's beliefs, and our class was one. The Havdalah ceremony followed enlightening discussions amongst ourselves about...

Samantha Clayborn
Confirmation 5763
May 20, 2002

"Daddy?" "Yes?" "Do I really have to go to Hebrew tonight?" "I thought that you liked Hebrew classes" "Well, I do..." "Then why do you not want to go, besides you want to have your bat-mitzvah, and to have your bat-mitzvah you need to take Hebrew classes." "Awwwwww!" "You know what your mother would say..."

This was one of the typical conversations that I had with my father every Tuesday afternoon as we pulled into the temple parking lot.

When I was younger, I approached Hebrew with a negative attitude, especially since I was going through what...

Michael Levin-Gesundheit
Confirmation 5763
May 20, 2002

Back in kita daledin Hebrew School, the words 10th grade Confirmation, meant a trip to Israel. As confirmation began this year, some of thought that we might still travel to Israel this summer even in the midst of this currentintifada. We hoped it would be over by now. So for me this confirmation year has been a time to reflect and learn about Israel-to read and immerse myself, though from a distance, in the current crisis facing Israel.

It's morning, and I glance at the newspaper as I rush off to school. Once again images of Palestinian terrorism and Israeli...

Andy Livingston
Confirmation 5763
May 20, 2002

Second grade was the first time I remember truly being aware that I was Jewish. It was story time in Mrs. Goodman's class, something we all enjoyed very much. My friends and I were sitting on the floor, talking as we waited for Mrs. Goodman to start reading. Not involved in any particular conversation, I scooted over towards two of my friends, who looked to be having a joinable conversation, and said, "what are you guys talking about?" Their response will stay with me forever, "We can't tell you because your Jewish..." said one of them. At that age, I...

Rachel Marder
Confirmation 5763
May 20, 2002

Shabbat Shalom. The summer after third grade, I went to Camp Swig in beautiful sunny Saratoga for two weeks. I remember many things about that summer-the friends I made, my counselors, the inspiring Shabbat services, the creative Jewish programs, and above all, the delicious food. Among the memorable experiences from that summer, I remember a certain boy in my session. He was very overweight, and he endured much teasing, harassment, and name-calling from other kids. I recall hearing cruel words thrown at him. I always wanted to speak up, but I only sometimes had the courage to say something...

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