A significant aspect of Judaism is being part of a community, which prays and learns together, celebrates joyous occasions together, and supports each other during difficult times. According to Jewish tradition, life cycle events are observed communally, including welcoming a new child into the world and into Judaism, celebrating abar or bat mitzvah, the new beginning of a wedding or a conversion, or the loss of a member of the community. These life cycle events are integral elements of our spiritual and communal rituals.

Beth David values the importance of celebrating occasions such as brit milah and baby namings, bar and bat mitzvahs, Conversions, auf rufs and anniversaries in our daily and Shabbat services. We mark members’ passing and yarzheits in those services as well. Our clergy team is available to members for all life cycle events.


 Bar and Bat Mitzvah

At the age of twelve or thirteen, the bar or bat mitzvah transitions from childhood into Jewish adulthood, during which he or she takes responsibility for his or her Jewish identity. Like any graduation or commencement celebration, it is the culmination of one era of study and the beginning of lifetime of learning.

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Wedding

The joy of two individuals coming together in marriage is both a personal and intimate experience as well as a communal festivity filled with celebration and tradition. The officiating clergy guides the couple in creating a meaningful ceremony incorporating both Jewish ritual and components representing the couple’s personal taste and character. The clergy helps prepare the couple not only for the wedding day, but for life as a married couple, guiding them on how to build a Jewish life and home together.

Brit Milah and Baby Naming

Bringing a new baby into the world is both a celebration for parents and family members and a communal simcha as we welcome him or her into the “family” and covenant of the Jewish people.

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Auf Ruf

In the weeks preceding the wedding ceremony, the couple is honored during a Shabbat service with an aliyah to the Torah, during which they are showered with blessings by family, friends and the congregation as they celebrate this momentous occasion together.

Funeral and Unveiling

In addition to providing care and support to mourners during times of loss, our cantor is available to officiate at funerals and unveilings for synagogue families, and to assist in Jewish mourning practices in the following days of shiva. In the event of an after-hours pastoral emergency, please contact the synagogue office, which will direct you to the phone number of the emergency contact person.