Life Cycles at Beth Torah
From the moment a child is welcomed into the community, either through brit milah or a simchat bat (baby naming) ceremony, the child and congregation share major life cycle events.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah is carefully planned with each family, the Rabbi, and members of various synagogue committees, including the Learning Center, Sisterhood and Ritual Committee. We work together to prepare students to celebrate this milestone in their religious education and emergence as active, participating members of our synagogue community.
Couples plan weddings at Beth Torah with the help of the Rabbi. Those who are interested in Rabbi Cohen officiating at their weddings should contact his assistant, Cissie Forrest, to schedule an appointment. The Rabbi meets several times with the wedding couple prior to the day of their marriage. A complimentary year membership is the synagogue’s gift to any couple married by our Rabbi.
Our Beth Torah family is also present during times of sorrow. The Rabbi—along with the Ritual Committee, Cemetery Committee and Chevrah Kadisha—are available to help and advise congregants with funeral arrangements at our Jewish cemetery grounds when needed. Shiva observances and other mourning rituals are facilitated by the Rabbi and members of the synagogue community. The Ritual Committee also maintains and updates the Yahrzeit database.
Join the Life Cycle Team
Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your Beth Torah Community? Do you like offering hope and encouragement to people in the hospital? Do you feel drawn to providing comfort to someone who has just lost a loved one? Do you want to make someone’s day who is unable to leave his or her home? Do you want to be part of the “family” who helps new parents greet a newborn? Then you are the type of person we are looking for to join the Life Cycle Team.
To get involved, please contat Cissie in the shul office.