A community prays and learns together; a community also celebrates joys together, weathers difficult times together, and mourns together. Jewish ritual marks each stage of life communally, whether the welcoming of a child into the Covenant at birth, the celebration of a child’s bar or bat mitzvah, the new beginning of a wedding or a conversion, or the loss of a member of the community. Our tradition weaves these lifecycles into the fabric of our prayer life and into our communal rituals.
At Temple Beth Sholom we mark celebration such as Brit Milah and Baby Namings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Conversions, Auf Rufs and Anniversaries in our daily and Shabbat services, and we mark members’ passing and yahrzeits in those services as well. Our clergy team is available to members for all lifecycle events.
Brit Milah and Baby Naming
These ceremonies celebrate the personal joy a family experiences when welcoming a new baby into their lives as well as the communal joy we all feel as the little one is welcomed into the “family” and covenant of the Jewish people.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
At the age of twelve or thirteen, the bar or bat mitzvah celebrates the journey into Jewish adulthood, in which the young person begins to take responsibility for his or her Jewish identity. Like any graduation / commencement celebration, it is the culmination of one era of study, and the beginning of lifetime of learning.
For information on bar and bat mitzvah preparation, requirements, and planning, please contact Gila Hadani Ward, Director of Lifelong Learning, or consult the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Handbook.
If you are interested in conversion, we welcome you and invite you to learn and pray with us at Temple Beth Sholom. Interested individuals are invited to be in touch with Rabbi Lucas or Rabbi Schlosberg.
In the weeks preceding the wedding ceremony, the couple is honored during a Shabbat service with an aliyah to the Torah, during which they are showered with blessings by family, friends, and the congregation as they celebrate this joyous occasion together.
The joy of two individuals coming together as one in marriage is both an intimate and a communal one, filled with both celebration and beautiful ritual. The officiating clergy guides the couple as together they craft a meaningful personal wedding ceremony that reflects both Jewish tradition and the couple’s own personality and spirit. The clergy also helps prepare the couple not only for the wedding day, but for the marriage beyond by counseling the couple on preparing to build a Jewish life and Jewish home together.
Funeral & Unveiling
In addition to providing care and support to mourners during their difficult time of loss, our clergy team are available to officiate at funerals and unveilings for our synagogue members and their families, and to assist in navigating the rituals and traditions of Jewish mourning practices in the days that follow.