Havayah Teen Program and Confirmation

Havayah (“Experience”), our program for post-b’nei mitzvah students, focuses on experiential and discussion-based learning. We aim to build community, foster friendships, challenge our students academically/spiritually, prepare our teens for life as Jewish adults—and, of course, have fun!

Havayah meets each Sunday during the school year from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rabbi Mark and Courtney team teach. Topics include:  Jewish history, Israeli culture, Jewish literature, current events, and ethics.

Trips and Retreats

In addition to Sunday classes, our teen program includes field trips and retreats. Learning and having fun together for a full day, or a full weekend, promotes group bonding and a high level of learning beyond what we can accomplish during a two-hour class session.

  • Weekend Trip to New York City or Washington, D.C. (alternating years)
  • Day Trips to Boone and Raleigh


Every other year, Temple Emanuel holds a confirmation service for high school students who have completed our Havayah teen education program. The service takes place on a Shabbat evening, generally around the holiday of Shavuot. Our next confirmation service will be held during the spring of 2017.

For more information, contact our Director of Education Courtney Anthony at: or (336)722-6640, ext. 102