Life Cycle Events (2)

At Congregation Albert we know that life is always moving and changing in the lives of our family and our community. We encourage our members to contact us when a “land-mark” events takes place. You may wish to utilize the Congregation’s facilities or simply have a notification placed in the monthly bulletin. Whatever your lifecycle event is, we want you to know that we are here to help you as a community

Lifecycle events that we are prepared to help you with include:

  • Bris / Naming
  • Bar / Bat Mitzvah
  • Confirmation
  • Wedding
  • The Blessing of a new Jewish Home
  • Anshei Mitzvah (Adult Bar / Bat Mitzvah)
  • Av / Em Aytzah (Becoming an Elder)
  • Conversion / Mikvah
  • Death / Funeral / Burial

To learn about any of these lifecycle events, please contact the Main Office at 883-1818.

 

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Brit Milah

The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eight day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi’s Stone & Smith can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser),help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel.

Baby Naming/Simchat Bat

We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn daughter with a ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name.  Rabbi Smith and Rabbi Stone can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue, on a Shabbat, or any day the Torah is read (Monday, Thursday, Festivals, Rosh Chodesh).

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. As son or daughter of the commandments, you commit yourself to be proud membership in our ancient people. 

Wedding

Rabbi Stone and Rabbi Smith can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by teaching bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, from Ketubah (marriage document), to Kiddushin (Engagement) to Huppah (Marriage Canopy) to Nissuin (marriage ceremony) to breaking the glass.  We also counsel you, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship.  We also work with you in designing the ceremony, providing our knowledge and experience.

Funeral

Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – Kriah (tearing of a garment), Levayah (funeral procession), Hesped (eulogy), Kevurah (burial) and Shivah (seven days of mourning). Rabbi Smith and Rabbi Stone will instruct you on these and other rituals.  We can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.

SPONSORING A KIDDUSH

Whether you are interested in sponsoring a basic Kiddush or a full Kiddush luncheon, our staff can assist you with all the preparations! Please contact us for more information!