Life Cycle Events
Support throughout your life’s journey
Our clergy are always willing to participate in major life cycle events and look forward to accompanying you through life’s passages.
The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eighth day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi Mishkin and Hazzan Blum can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser), help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel.
Baby Namings/Simchat Bat
We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn daughter with a ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name. Rabbi Mishkin and Hazzan Blum are available to help you plan this beautiful ceremony.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. Hazzan Blum wil provide your child with all the preparation needed for this special day. Our clergy and the Ritual Committee are available to help you with your planning.
Rabbi Mishkin and Hazzan Blum can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by teaching bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, from Ketubah (marriage document), to Kiddushin (Engagement) to Huppah (Marriage Canopy) to Nissuin (marriage ceremony) to breaking the glass. We also work with you in designing the ceremony, providing our knowledge and experience.
Funerals and Unveilings
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 Mishkin and Hazzan Blum will instruct you on these and other rituals. We can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.