Life Cycle Events

We are very conscious of family at Temple Chayai Shalom and lifecycle events are a very important aspect of family. For further information about any of these ceremonies contact the rabbi.

Birth of a Child
Traditionally, home ceremonies include Brit Milah, or circumcision covenant ceremonies, and Simchat HaBat or Brit HaBat ceremonies for girls. We have baby naming ceremonies held at the temple during Shabbat services on Friday evening. At that time the child is given a Hebrew name and is welcomed into The Covenant.

A Jewish child is one who has at least one Jewish parent, who identifies as being Jewish, and who is being raised solely in the Jewish religion. For children whose mothers were not Jewish at the time of their birth, we strongly encourage consideration of a conversion ceremony.

Consecration
This is a ceremony for all children who enter our Religious School. Since our formal study of Hebrew begins in grade 2, we officially welcome second graders as part of our learning community. During consecration we also welcome older students who join our program post 2nd grade. This ceremony typically takes place during Shabbat Chanukah where we celebrate and mark our dedication to Jewish life and learning.

B'nai Mitzvah
This is for Jewish 13 year olds who have completed five years of Hebrew School, or are in Hebrew Day School and are enrolled and participate in our Hebrew School at least through the end of 7th grade.

Confirmation/Kabbalat Torah
For students who continue their studies at Temple Chayai Shalom, there is the opportunity to participate in a more mature exploration of Judaism, culminating in a service of Confirmation/Kabbalat Torah at Shavuot services in the spring of 10th grade. Unlike B'nai Mitzvah, which is an individual event, the focus at Confirmation is on the group. At this age, the students have the maturity to commit themselves to Judaism.

Marriage
For those who wish to be married in our sanctuary please contact the rabbi for the wedding policy.

Conversion
For those interested in conversion please contact the rabbi.

Illness and Death
The rabbi makes it a point to try to visit family members who are ill. He is also available to help families who are coping with a death in the family. Traditionally, following a funeral, the family sits "shivah" for a week of mourning. Temple members are ready to help at these times. Please let the rabbi know immediately when an illness or death occurs.