Mid­dle school and high school stu­dents strug­gle with their iden­tity. They ask a vari­ety of ques­tions, like “Who am I?”, “What should I do with my life?”, and “Where do I fit in?”. The prob­lem is com­pounded for Jew­ish youth grow­ing up in an area where they are the minority.

The process of con­fir­ma­tion, and all reli­gious school classes between 7th and 10th grades, helps Jew­ish young peo­ple develop a strong Jew­ish iden­tity and helps them to develop the skills that they need after high school. Besides sim­ply sit­ting in class, con­fir­ma­tion gives stu­dents a chance to inter­act with other stu­dents as they dis­cuss top­ics and are called on to defend their beliefs in con­trolled settings.

Con­fir­ma­tion is the cul­mi­na­tion of par­tic­i­pa­tion in reli­gious school as a stu­dent, and a required step if a stu­dent wishes to make the tran­si­tion to becom­ing a Madrikh (class­room assis­tant) in the CAS Reli­gious School.

At CAS, con­fir­ma­tion is a year-long study process for 10th graders, typ­i­cally con­clud­ing in a Fri­day night con­fir­ma­tion ser­vice. The cap­stone is a week-long Jew­ish his­tory and cul­ture immer­sion trip to New York City.