Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Bar / Bat Mitzvah Ceremony
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the transition from childhood to adulthood. For girls this transition occurs at the age of twelve and for boys at the age of thirteen. Bar Mitzvah literally means son of the commandment and the implication is that now the young man or woman is responsible for his own actions. Under Jewish law, children are not required to observe the commandments until they reach Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Today it is customary for Boys to be called to the Torah to read from their biblical portion in synagogue. The Bar and Bat Mitzvah is an important milestone in the life of every Jewish child and helps to reinforce the importance of retaining ones identity.
The union of a man and women is the beginning of a new Jewish family. Marriage requires an investment of love, dedication and energy. The wedding ceremony consists of the writing of the Tenaim (marriage conditions) and the Ketubah (marriage contract). The groom must also veil the bride in remembrance of the matriarch Rebecca. Next comes the Chuppah where the actual wedding takes place. Usually the Chuppah is performed under a canopy or taleth. The groom will make the declaration; Behold you are betrothed to me in accordance with the law of Moses and Israel and will then place the gold ring on the index finger of his new bride.
Death and Mourning
One of the most important aspects of synagogue life is that people are there for each other at times of crisis, pain and loss. Our Rabbi is honored to help people when there has been a death in the family. At the time of mourning call us first so that we can be sure that we can be available at your time of need.
We will help you plan and schedule the funeral, we will meet with you to comfort you and we will conduct a service that is meaningful and comforting. In accordance with Jewish tradition, some of our members sit Shiva, receive guests at their Home following the service.
Celebrating a Boy
When a Jewish child enters the world it is truly a new beginning. This new soul brings light and joy to the family and the community. The ancient Brit of Abraham is performed on baby boys eight days old. Brit Milah is the ancient ceremony of removing the foreskin and naming the child. Sephardim have the tradition of naming the child after the living. When the Brit Milah and naming are complete, the child is ready to grow up and learn the meaning of living as a Jewish child.
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Nelly Egozi or Rosita Caspi
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