One of the benefits of membership is having the Temple clergy available to perform lifecycle functions - funerals and shivah, b'ritot for children (covenant ceremonies, traditionally on the 8th day after birth), aufrufs and weddings, and conversion. The rabbi and cantor each have their own practice and standards for performing these ceremonies. Members should reach out to Rabbi Abraham or Cantor Sharlein directly when in need.
Temple policy is that the clergy of the congregation officiate at all lifecycle events performed in our building. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Rabbi.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation ceremonies (for adults as well as children) are offered within the context of our education programs. We recognize that all Jewish children become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah when they reach the age of 13. How you choose to celebrate that moment is up to you and your family. Here at Temple Sholom, we offer a community-based ceremony, which expects that you and your family will be members of our congregational family and has certain other Jewish-values-based expectations and requirements. Here is more information about our B’nei Mitzvah program.
Non-members, we welcome you to become a part of our community and have clergy available for your lifecycle events. Clergy may be available to conduct such ceremonies for non-members, as long as they do not not conflict with commitments to the synagogue. Please contact Rabbi Abraham or Cantor Sharlein directly.
For more information on lifecycle events and Jewish rituals, visit this section of ReformJudiasm.org.