The Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative
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Confirmation is a lifecycle event at the conclusion of 10th grade. Students will affirm their Jewish beliefs by building upon the B'nai Mitzvah experience in which they have individually agreed to accept the responsibilities of being a Jewish adult. This group experience allows students to confirm their commitment to the Jewish community. Confirmation culminates with a Shavuot service that celebrates students' learning and highlights the affirmation of their Jewish identity.
(May 11, 1982 – August 14, 2004)
There are people who enter this world with tremendous gifts. Some are bright, others compassionate; some search for meaning, others strive for success.
Noah Cohen, a student here at Congregation Har HaShem, embodied all of these qualities and more! Noah grew up here and was in Rabbi Deborah Bronstein’s Confirmation class where he appreciated the discussions, debates and the learning.
Noah was liked and respected by peers and adults. He was a successful student, an avid reader, and a positive role model. One of Noah’s teachers even thought of him as noble for his graciousness and generosity.
Like many teens, unfortunately, Noah began to face struggles. While he wanted to be a part of something meaningful, he also battled with depression and mental illness. In Confirmation class, he found a safe place to explore ideas, to seek out meaning, to be his authentic self.
When Noah was only 22 years old, he took his own life.
His parents, who love him, and his community, who remembers him fondly, established this scholarship fund to remember him and his gifts. One of those gifts was the value he placed in his search for meaning. We encourage our Confirmation students to apply for this scholarship by submitting entries that reflect their search for meaning. We remember Noah as a young man who was a seeker and we encourage our students to be seekers, too.
Scholarship Award Winners