Brit milah & baby naming

We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn with a ceremony that brings them into the covenant, and confers upon them a Hebrew name. A girl is named at a Torah reading (on Shabbat, Monday, Thursday, holidays or Rosh Chodesh), and a boy is named at his Brit Milah. A Brit Milah (also known as a bris) is the ceremony that welcomes a baby boy into the Jewish community through the ritual of circumcision on the eighth day of his new life. We can help you get you in contact with a Mohel (ritual circumciser), help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel. The ceremony can be held in the home or at the synagogue. In these powerful ceremonies, the parents confirm their family’s participation in the eternal commitment between G-d and the Jewish people and their affirmation of Jewish life for another generation. We can work with you to think through and design your ceremony in a way that merges Jewish tradition with your family’s needs.

Bar/bat mitzvah

Our young teens prepare for this milestone through a combination of religious school and Hebrew classes, plus tutoring and consultation with the rabbi. The ceremony can be held at ?????? or at a venue of your choice. We will meet with you to craft a ceremony that meets your needs

Marriage

In preparation for the joyous occasion, the bride and groom will meet with the rabbi to learn about the Jewish perspective of weddings and marriage – from Ketubah (marriage document), to Kiddushin (engagement) to Chuppah (marriage canopy) to Nissuin (marriage ceremony) to breaking the glass. Rabbi Klein can perform the ceremony, walking your guests through the rich meanings behind the rituals.

End-of-life

Our tradition offers several powerful end-of-life rituals – Kriah (tearing of a garment), Levayah (funeral procession), Hesped (eulogy), Kevurah (burial) and Shivah (seven days of mourning). Rabbi Klein can perform the funeral ceremony, an unveiling (brief graveside ceremony) and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.

Yartzeit & kaddish

We never forget our departed loved ones. Moreover, Jewish tradition teaches that we can posthumously bring great honor to honor those souls. The Kaddish prayer is recited for the first year after a loved one's passing, and on their yartzheit (anniversary of their passing), and the Yizkor Memorial prayer is recited four times throughout the year. We can arrange for a minyan (service) for those who are observing a yartzeit and want to recite kaddish. Please connect with our synagogue or Rabbi Klein.

Sponsoring a kiddush

A Kiddush Luncheon is a light lunch that follows services on Shabbat and holidays. Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, or other family occasions by sponsoring a Kiddush. It is a beautiful way of sharing your personal celebration with the community.

Please connect online with Rabbi Klein for all your Life Cycle Events questions


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