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The Cycle of Jewish Life

Congregation Har Shalom is here to assist our congregants and members in celebrating life cycle events at all age and stages. 

The Har Shalom community welcomes Jews of all backgrounds including interfaith families, singles, seniors, couples, single-parent and same-sex families and Jews-by-Choice. We encourage meaningful participation by all and strive to create a sense of belonging. 

Birth - Brit Milah & Baby Naming

Naming a Jewish baby is a sacred ritual, a statement of what we hope he or she will be, but also a connection to Jewish heritage and lineage. Har Shalom celebrates new babies with special naming ceremonies to welcome them into the covenant and our community. 

 

Marriage 

Marriage is a keystone of Jewish life. The term for marriage, kiddushin, is derived from the Hebrew word for holiness. In Judaism, the marital union provides a way for us to experience holiness in our daily lives. 

For questions about Birth Ceremonies or Marriage, or to plan your event, contact Rabbi Finestone.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Bar/Bat Mitzvah (plural b'nei mitzvot) marks a milestone of Jewish development, an acknowledgment that our children stand at the threshold of adulthood and are ready to begin to take responsibility for their lives. From the age of 13 (for boys) and 12 (for girls), youths are counted as adults in forming a minyan (a quorum of 10) for prayer services, can wear a tallit, and can be called to the Torah in fulfillment of the community’s obligation to learn Torah.

For more information about B'nai Mitzvah at Har Shalom, visit our Bar/Bat Mitzvah page

Death and Mourning - Chevra Kadisha

Chevra Kadisha is an organization of Jewish men and women who see to it that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Jewish tradition and are protected from desecration, willful or not, until burial. Two of the main requirements are the showing of proper respect for a corpse, and the ritual cleansing of the body and subsequent dressing for burial.

The task of the Chevra Kadisha is considered a laudable one, as tending to the dead is a favor that the recipient cannot return, making it devoid of ulterior motives. Its work is therefore referred to as a chesed shel emet (a good deed of truth),

For more information, contact Nina Rubin at nina@rubin.net 

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