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Jewish Life Cycle


The celebration of the birth of a child is an awesome, transcendent spiritual experience. The Talmud reminds us that there are three partners in the creation of a child - the mother, the father and God. Jewish tradition seeks to celebrate this partnership in creation, the miracle of life, and the ongoing commitment we share with God as partners in the covenant of Israel.

When expecting a child, we invite you to call us and let us know where you plan to deliver the baby, as we like to visit families and newborns in the hospital for a blessing. In addition, any questions you may have regarding planning the naming or bris can be answered for you. Also, please let us know when the boy is born, so we can come pay a visit.

If the baby is a girl, you may choose to have a baby naming for her. This ceremony usually takes place sometime within the first year of the baby's life. This ceremony includes special blessings as well as the announcement of the child's Hebrew name.

If the baby is a boy, the Torah teaches us that we celebrate his entrance into the covenant on the eighth day. The celebration on the eighth day is one of the oldest traditions of our people, and part of the core of Jewish life. Tradition teaches, however, that if the child is not healthy enough for the circumcision on the eighth day, the family should wait until their physician determines that the child is ready.


Temple Beth Am's unparalleled Bar and Bat Mitzvah program is designed to provide each child with the opportunity to discover and hone his or her own unique talents and interests, culminating with an individual ceremony reflecting each child's personal strengths. Although, the Jewish education that prepares each child for Bar and Bat Mitzvah begins in the early years, six months prior to the date students begin individualized instruction to ensure that their knowledge is complete! They also participate in a Mitzvah Project of their choosing which focuses on their passions, providing great personal pride and satisfaction upon its completion.


Jewish tradition teaches that the celebration of a wedding is to be filled with happiness, love and joy. There is a custom that nothing is to be permitted to interfere with the happiness of a bride and groom on their wedding day. The facilities of Temple Beth Am are the perfect place to celebrate this special day.


The loss of a loved one, a painfully inevitable part of life, is arguably the time when we need the support and guidance of Jewish tradition the most. Our synagogue family is particularly sensitive to the needs of mourners. Our Rabbi is always available to assist you, comfort your family in your hour of need and officiate at the funerals of your loved ones.

Mon, May 27 2024 19 Iyyar 5784