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Life Cycle

Welcoming a Child into the Jewish Community

Shortly after birth, we formally welcome new children into the Jewish community by conferring upon them a Hebrew name. We joyfully observe this occasion for our Temple Beth El members at Friday evening services or in-home ceremonies at other times. We also encourage and invite non-members to celebrate this occasion with us and their families during our Friday evening services. Please contact Rabbi Biatch for further information on this exciting moment in the life of a young family.

B'nai Mitzvah

At age 13, our children become b’nai mitzvah (plural of bar/bat mitzvah) during our Saturday morning services. Our students lead worship, chant from the Torah scroll, recite haftarah (a chanted selection from the Prophetic books of the Hebrew bible), and offer a d’var Torah (mini-sermon) on one aspect of the Torah portion of that week. We take pride in our students, who display maturity, excitement, and competency as they come to the bimah to celebrate this important life-cycle event.

Weddings

It is the height of joy to welcome two people to celebrate their new marriage with us. Young or older, straight or LGBTQ, they come under the huppah, partake of the wine, exchange vows and rings, break the glass, and join their lives in marriage. For more information, please contact Rabbi Biatch.
 

End of Life

As part of the Jewish life cycle, we venerate those who have imbued our lives with meaning and purpose. When our loved ones pass away, we respect their memories by calling together a congregation, offering a memorial service and eulogies on their behalf, standing by the mourners, and helping them move toward the resolution of their grief. Our funerals and memorial services offer solace to the bereaved, and provide our community with a comforting transition to a new era in their lives. Madison has a number of different burial options for members of the Jewish community, and, through Temple Beth El, its members can avail themselves of public or private funerals, shivah minyans, and memorial services for their loved ones. For more information, please contact Rabbi Biatch.

 

June 19, 2018 6 Tammuz 5778