Life Cycle Events

Brit Milah

The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eighth day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi Brickman can help parents understand the ceremony and make arrangements to have the ritual performed.

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 Brickman can help you to arrange this ceremony, which can take place at the synagogue during a Shabbat service.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. As son or daughter of the commandments, you commit yourself to be proud membership in our ancient people.

Wedding

Rabbi Brickman can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by teaching bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, and designing the ceremony based on his knowledge and experience.

Funeral

 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 Brickman will instruct you on these and other rituals.  He can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.

 Please note that Rabbi Brickman is always available to discuss any of these lifecycle rituals either in person when he is in town or by phone/Skype when he is not in town.  If you want him to officiate at a lifecycle event for your family, please do not make any arrangements until you have confirmed his availability and discussed the congregation’s requirements for his participation.