Such shall be the covenant between Me and you and your offspring to follow which you shall keep. -- Genesis 17:10
Brit Milah and Brit HaBat
We welcome newborns with Brit Milah and Brit HaBat. The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eight day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also bring our sons into Judaism's sacred covenant. Rabbi Cohen can help the parents locate a Mohel (ritual circumciser), help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate along with the Mohel.
We celebrate the great blessing of a new daughter with a Brit HaBat ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name. Rabbi Cohen can help you design this meaningful ceremony.
At Temple Israel we recognize the beginning of a our chidren's Jewish education with a Consecration ceremony.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood. When a child turns 13, the special occasion is marked by a formal ceremony. According to Jewish tradition, this age signifies when a child become an adult member of the religious community, and is thereafter responsible for doing mitzvot. Mitzvot are the commandments that a Jew does not only to live a Jewish life, but to sanctify life. In this special rite of passage, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is called to publicly lead portions of the worship service, read from the Torah, and from a selection of the Haftarah. To prepare to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah (son/daughter of the commandment), youth study Jewish culture and traditions, learn the Hebrew language and prayers, and participate in at least 13 mitzvot projects. These projects are designed to engage the child in community service and a more in-depth look at his/her Jewish heritage and religion. Rabbi Cohen teaches the Hebrew classes and works with your son or daughter to prepare for the special ceremony. He has a lot of resources and information available to help with preparations both for the child and the parents.
Rabbi Cohen can help engaged couples prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by teaching the bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, from Ketubah (marriage document), to Kiddushin (Engagement), to Huppah (Marriage Canopy), to Nissuin (marriage ceremony), to breaking the glass. He also can provide counsel, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. He can assist in designing the ceremony, providing his wealth of knowledge and experience.
Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals. Rabbi Cohen will instruct you on these rituals, and perform the funeral ceremony. He also aids those who mourn the loss of a family member and can help you understand and implement meaningful Jewish mourning practices. Our Cemetery Chair Person, Frank Howland, can assist with burial plot purchases and preparation.