Life Cycle Events

Rabbi Zeilicovich  believes that one of the wonderful things about being associated with the Temple Beth Sholom family is that we are here to comfort you in hard times and thus halve your sadness, and celebrate your simchas with you and thus double your pleasure. We hope that you will give us that opportunity.

Please contact us to tell us, or inquire about, such life cycle events as

Birth of Boys

Pidyon Ha’Ben

Birth of Girls

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Wedding (and Auf Ruf)

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Sponsoring a Kiddush for a Simcha

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Birth of Boys

A boy is given his Hebrew name at the Brit Milah (Bris): circumcision. The Hebrew word Brit means “covenant”. The Brit takes place on the eighth day of life. Circumcision in Judaism is a sign of the covenant between God and Abraham,the first Jew,and from him with the people Israel, which links one generation to another. Judaism views circumcision as a religious ceremony and it is recommended that a Mohel perform the circumcision. A Mohel is Jewish and has been trained in the procedures of circumcision and understands the religious importance of the ritual.

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Pidyon Ha’Ben:

This is a ritual that means “Redemption of the Son”. It applies only to the first born male child if he is born by natural childbirth. It does not apply to the Kohens and members of the tribe of Levi or children born to a daughter of the tribe of Levi. The first born son must be redeemed on the 31stday. The ritual cannot be performed on Shabbat because it involves payment of five silver coins to a Kohen. The Rabbi can determine if a Pidyon Ha’ Ben is applicable.


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Birth of Girls:

Baby girls are welcomed into Judaism by a baby naming ceremony. The object of the ceremony is to officially present the baby with a Hebrew name. Parents of a baby girl can have their daughter receive her Hebrew name in the synagogue any time the Torah is read: Monday, Thursday or Saturday morning and Saturday evening,and on Jewish holidays. There is no set time for a baby naming. Some families name their daughter soon after birth, some families wait a few months.


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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

 

Bar(boys) and Bat(girls) Mitzvah refers to the idea that the mitzvot or commandments of Jewish life are incumbent upon a person at the age of 13 years. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah at our synagogue refers to the celebration that marks the transition to adult Jewish identity. The Bar/ Bat Mitzvah is often involved in leading the prayers, chanting the Haftorah and giving a D’Var Torah, or speech on the weekly Torah portion. The family sponsors a Kiddush following the service.

Boys can also read from the Torah if properly prepared

Dates are usually assigned two years in advance. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah packet with detailed information will be given out when your date has been assigned.


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Auf Ruf

 

Aufruf ("call up" in Yiddish) is the ceremony in which the groom is called up to recite the blessing over the Torah in synagogue on the Shabbat prior to his wedding. After reciting the blessings, the rabbi usually offers a misheberakh(blessing) for the couple. The family sponsors the Kiddush following services.


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