The ceremony of Confirmation was introduced by Reform Judaism in the early part of 19th century in Europe and was brought to the United States about mid-century. On May 19, Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson continued this tradition with Confirmation of six 10th graders. The ceremony was led by Rabbi Jim Egolf and the Confirmation class:
- Max Asher, son of Ben and Pam Asher
- Sam Chupack, son of Eric and Amy Chupack
- Jeremiah Egolf, son of Rabbi Jim and Rebecca Egolf
- Peyton Fettman, daughter of Jodi and Steve Fettman
- Peri Gretta, daughter of Elisa and Mel Gretta
- Avery Silverman, daughter of Todd and Diane Silverman
The Confirmation Service included speeches by Max Asher on "I imagine college" and Peri Gretta on "Being Jewish in Hudson." The class read the Torah portion for the week and Sabbath blessings.
Preparation for confirmation included monthly classes, tzedakah (charitable giving) which included volunteering in the Temple Beth Shalom Sunday and Hebrew schools, and a visit to University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College. The year long class is a study in "Jewish Journey." It is designed to foster lifelong learning and to explore and define the role that Judaism plays in the life of each individual student. It also emphasizes the importance of working together as a community to contribute to the world around them.
The Board of Trustees of Temple Beth Shalom wish to congratulate these fine young men and women on achieving a life milestone.