Life-Cycle Events

Life-Cycle Events at Temple Israel
As Rabbi of the Congregation, Rabbi Rosenbaum oversees and officiates the Life-Cycle Events of the members of Temple Israel’s family. Making these moments memorable, meaningful and moving to the individuals and families involved as well as the congregation is of utmost importance. It is also important that the Rabbi add to the sense of joy and pride at happy moments, and show concern, compassion, and caring in moments of pain, suffering, and loss.

Baby Naming

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Keeping with the philosophy of Reform Judaism, the requirements and the actual service for both the Bar and Bat Mitzvah child is the same. The 13-year old young man or young woman chants a meaningful number of passages from the Torah Scroll and the Haftarah, conducts a significant part of the service in addition to presenting a speech about the Torah portion relating it to their life and the World in which we live. Numerous honors are given to the parents to distribute to their family and friends. Each family is given their own Shabbat and multiple Bar/Bat Mitzvahs do not occur at the same service. The training is individualized, meeting the needs of the child while at the same time, maintaining standards and is conducted by the Cantor in addition to meetings with the Rabbi.

Aufruf & Weddings
“Be fruitful and multiply” Gen. 1:22
An Aufruf before a Wedding Ceremony, and Baby Namings are conducted during Friday evening Shabbat Services, and as the Rabbi, I am available to you for the full range of life cycle events and always accessible to you. In keeping with the philosophy of Reform Judaism, we embrace interfaith couples and families and I am always available for counselling and to work with individuals who wish to convert to Judaism.

Death, Mourning & Memorials