Our Clergy very much want to be a part of your significant lifecycle moments. Please speak with them before setting any dates or times for your event.
For baby boys, a Brit Milah (circumcision) ceremony traditionally takes place on the eighth day after his birth. If the circumcision is performed in the hospital, a naming can be arranged to mark this significant rite of passage. Contact our rabbis.
Rabbi Burstein or Rabbi Reiner will help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion by teaching the wedding couple the meaning of the ceremony and its components, from Ketubah (marriage document), to Kiddushin (betrothal) to Chuppah (marriage canopy) to Nissuin (marriage ceremony) to breaking the glass.
They will collaborate with you to ensure the ceremony has special resonance for the wedding couple. In addition, they will offer their Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship.
Death and Mourning
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 Burstein or Rabbi Reiner will instruct you on these and other rituals. They can also perform the funeral service and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.
The funeral service may be held at the cemetery, the funeral home, in our sanctuary, or in the home.
The Mourners' Prayer
The Kaddish is a traditional prayer that affirms the majesty of The Eternal and the meaningfulness of life. It is customarily recited by the mourners at the funeral service and Shiva services. The names of those we mourn are also read before the Kaddish prayers at Shabbat services for four consecutive weeks following the funeral (the period of Shloshim), and again on the anniversary (yahrzeit) of their deaths, when it is customary to attend services in respect for the memory of those who have died.
Click here to hear the recitation of the Mourner's Prayer or Kaddish Yatom - See the text of the prayer
In the first year after burial, a stone bearing the name of the deceased is set on the burial place and unveiled in a brief service.