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Erev Shabbat, May 30, 2014 was an extraordinary evening. Two of our students, Julia Manzano and Nathan Rosenmann led services at their Confirmation. Their confidence and poise impressed everyone in the congregation. Their words, touching and heartfelt, moved us all. Young adults who embrace their heritage in such a positive way point to a bright future for them, and for all of Israel. Space does not permit me to publish their speeches in their entirety, but the excerpts below are enough to demonstrate why I am so proud of them.

 

      

Kitty Hall, Principal  

 

Julia: In the past years, when Nathan and I attended Sunday and Wednesday school at TBI, we learned basic rules of Judaism, what it means to be Jewish, the aleph-bet, facts about Israel, and much more. Now in our Confirmation classes, instead of just being fed new and more Jewish material, we have had an opportunity to discuss it at a deeper level...

Since we’ve changed our learning style into more of a discussion, many new questions and thoughts have come up. We’ve talked about science vs. religion and how or if they are connected. We explored our views of the Jewish soul, or neshama, and what we think of it, what we think are proper moral values, and so much more…

Nathan: During our class, we had a chance to read a book, titled There is no Messiah, and You're It, in which the idea was presented that any person that aspires to help his society for the better, without personal gain in mind, could be considered the Messiah. This showed me we don't all have to wait for disaster, or for someone of the lineage of David to come down from the Heavens and save everyone, not just Jews, but that we shape our own destiny, as humans. This reminded me of what Rabbi Mann was teaching Julia and me for years, and the deep meaning of Tikkun Olam.

[We learned more] about Israel, and its role in the world's history and the pride I feel for all its accomplishments in all areas of knowledge in such a little time. [This is] a lesson in life, when realizing the state of Israel was born with many large and powerful enemies, condemned to defend itself constantly and against all odds. Julia and I are hoping that classes and programs similar to this will continue to be offered in our Temple, and that next year's Confirmation Class will benefit as much, or more than we have...

When we began this year of Confirmation Class, we expected it to be no different than any other year, studying our individual traits and mindsets under the guidance of Rabbi Mann. Our last class together was spent reading a certain selection about angels. Some sections of this passage were challenging, and we originally were confused. Soon, we felt as if we would not understand anything, and wanted to give up. Seeing this, Rabbi Mann made a small joke, which got both Julia and I laughing, and after a few moments we finished the reading, while he helped us understand what the author was trying to convey. Two weeks after that class, he was no longer with us, and the impact of his absence is still great. I feel as if I had lost family, for Rabbi Mann was not just a rabbi; he was a teacher, a mentor, a mensch, and a friend…

Julia: Rabbi Mann inspired each and every TBI member personally, including us. Rabbi had a different way of teaching, which we were so fortunate to experience. He taught us that in order to fully learn one thing, we have to learn and examine every little detail about it to have a clear understanding…

Nathan: Julia and I have decided to dedicate and name our class the: “Rabbi Shmuel Mann Confirmation Class of 2013-2014” in honor of his memory. Zecher Tzaddik L'vracha – may his righteous memory be for a blessing.

  


  

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