The Consecration service is a tradition that was developed by the Reform movement to mark the beginning of a child’s formal Jewish education. Children are eligible for Consecration when they begin study in our religious school. For many students this will be in kindergarten, but students are encouraged to participate at any grade. The Consecration ceremony is held at the Shabbat service and coincides with our celebration of Simchat Torah or of Chanukah. Prior to this service, children receive a small Torah and are encouraged to decorate it with a personalized cover made with a parent. Older students receive a copy of Mishkan Tefilah. At the service, the children come to the front of the congregation and sing songs about the Torah and recite the Shema.
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