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Keshet, Confirmation Classes

Keshet is the educational offering for students in eighth and ninth grades and meets approximately twice each month.  Confirmation is the educational offering for students in tenth grade.

Keshet and Confirmation, as well as Teen Space Time, meet on Sunday afternoons following Religious School.  Teen Space Time will begin at noon with class being concluded at 1:30 p.m. During Teen Space Time, pizza is provided and our teens have an opportunity to socialize with their friends.

We are in the process of visioning and recreating our Keshet Program for the coming year as well as finalizing our staffing.  Our goals for Keshet include presenting engaging experiences for our teens that support them in remaining connected to both our CBH community and their Jewish friends while also nurturing a lifelong sense of Jewish learning.  It is also our goal to keep our teens learning in Keshet leading to their participation in our Confirmation program with Rabbi Bess and Rabbi Jeremy. 

Our Keshet program will ultimately include a two year rotating curriculum based each year on one longer learning module utilizing the new URJ Arzenu Israel curriculum and several shorter experiential modules.  We are still in the process of finalizing our Keshet curriculum but these experiential modules could include social action opportunities connected to Torah text study and volunteer opportunities at places such as Grace Garden, visiting residents at University Retirement Center, helping to lead our annual Purim Carnival, or working with a local agency to address food scarcity.  Other opportunities might include learning about the IDF and participating in krav maga lessons, opportunities for Jewish cooking related to upcoming holidays, resources to support mental wellness and stress resilience, developing Jewish teen leadership skills, an introduction to Reform Judaism with Rabbi Bess and Rabbi Jeremy, resources to address antisemitism, and potentially opportunities to learn about comparative religion in our local Davis community.  We look forward to sharing more information in the near future and are excited about the possibilities.

The Confirmation Class is taught by our rabbinic team of Rabbi Bess Wohler and Rabbi Jeremy Simons.  Curriculum for Confirmation may include continued learning about Israel, Mussar (a Jewish spiritual practice that supports us in living a meaningful ethical life), and opportunities to explore the Jewish perspective on current events.  The Confirmation year culminates with students participating in a Confirmation service around the time of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of Torah and harvesting their learning.  Rabbi Bess Wohlner may be contacted at rabbibesswohlner@bethaverim.org; Rabbi Jeremy Simons at rabbijeremysimons@bethaverim.org.

Students in both Keshet and Confirmation will have the opportunity to spend the day with Rabbi Bess and Rabbi Jeremy in San Francisco exploring the Jewish community.  Teens may also have the opportunity to join the CBH teen delegation traveling to Washington D.C. to participate in the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar, offered by the URJ, in February.


Enrollment is accepted at any time during the school year. If there is an unpaid balance from the previous school year, please contact the CBH office (530-758-0842) to make a payment.

A minimum payment of 50% of the unpaid balance from a previous school year is required before you can register your child for the upcoming school year and a payment plan needs to be in place for the remainder of the balance.

Financial assistance is available. Please review our scholarship application page; contact the Executive Director confidentially for questions.

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