Lifecycle Events

Judaism is rich in traditions that help us celebrate the happy moments in our lives and that can bring comfort and support when we face illness and loss. These rituals help connect us with our community and with the Jewish people across time and space. Whether circumcising a son in accordance with ancient tradition or celebrating a simchat bat, a contemporary ceremony to welcome a daughter into the covenant, ritual helps us make sacred moments of these important transitions in our lives. Below are links to explanations of the major life cycle rituals. At Shir Hadash we also ritually mark other more contemporary life cycle transitions like getting a drivers license, mourning the end of a marriage, or retiring from paid employment. Rabbis Aron and Lobel and Cantor Felder-Levy would be glad to talk with you further about life cycle rituals.

Planning a simcha celebration? Here's a directory of vendors recommended by our congregants.