The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eight day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi Hachen can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser),help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel.
Baby Naming/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 Hachen can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place at the synagogue on Shabbat whether you are already a temple member or not. For temple members, home ceremonies are also available.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible - to being responsible. As sons or daughters of the commandments, they commit themselves to be proud members of our ancient people. We celebrate this rite of passage on Saturday mornings at our Shabbat Service with the young person assisting in leading the service as well as chanting from Torah and Haftarah. Education through our religious school is required. We accomodate children with special needs and also welcome Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.
Rabbi Hachen offers group classes regularly for those interested in exploring conversion to Judaism. Individual preparation is often available as well. The first step is to call her and set up a time to meet in person to discuss your spiritual journey.
Rabbi Hachen 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. She will also counsel you, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. In addition, Rabbi will also work with you in designing the ceremony, providing her knowledge and experience. We also welcome you to have your "ufruf" pre-wedding blessing on a Friday night at our synagogue.
Death and Dying
Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals. Our congregation is there for our members in times of grief. Rabbi Hachen officiates at funerals and can help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices. Our community also arranges and conducts shiva services for our members who have lost a loved one. If you are facing end-of-life decisions, our rabbi is also available for counseling.
SPONSORING AN ONEG SHABBAT OR A KIDDUSH IN HONOR OF A LIFE CYCLE
Are you interested in sponsoring a Friday evening Oneg Shabbat or a small Kiddush after a Shabbat morning service? You can sign up at this link Or contact the temple office for more information. For a full luncheon celebration, call the office.