Life Cycle Events

Temple Sinai offers you guidance and support throughout life’s journey. Our clergy are readily available to participate in major life cycle events and look forward to accompanying you through life’s many passages.

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 brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi Millstein and Cantor Nitza can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser), help parents to understand the ceremony, and co-officiate along with the Mohel.

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 Millstein and Cantor Nitza can help you plan this ceremony, which can be held either in your home or at the synagogue.

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.

Weddings

Rabbi Millstein and Cantor Nitza can help you prepare for this 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. We will counsel you, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. And we offer our knowledge and experience in helping you to design your ceremony.

 Funerals

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 Millstein and Cantor Nitza will instruct you on these and other rituals. We can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.