Temple Shir Shalom is happy to offer the following Life Cycle services for our members. Please contact our Treasurer for the latest suggested donation amounts.
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. Cantor Singer can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser),help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel. A donation to the Temple is customary.
Baby Naming/Simchat Bat
Be it a baby boy or girl, we encourage a public naming ceremony at a Shabbat service to formally welcome this newest addition to our Jewish community. This can be held any time for the convenience of parents and family. Adults or children who have not received a Jewish name may also have a naming. The family is responsible for sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat after services in honor of the occasion. A donation to the Temple is customary.
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. Temple membership is required. The student must be enrolled in the Temple Shir Shalom Religious school and meet the requirements set forth in the Religious School B'nei Mitzvah Manual.
As we are commanded to "rejoice with the bride and groom," a Jewish or interfaith couple who plan to follow Jewish teachings and rituals can celebrate a Jewish wedding or commitment ceremony. Cantor Singer will officiate at interfaith weddings at her discretion after talking with the couple and may or may not co-officiate with clergy of other faiths. As a "mazel tov" from our Temple family, we give unaffiliated newlyweds a free year of Temple membership.
Cantor Singer is available to officiate at local funerals and will try to be as helpful as possible to your family during this difficult time. Shiva services held at the member's home also enable our Temple family to comfort the mourner. Our Caring Committee can arrange for meals and other needed assistance. We are also willing to officiate locally for non-Temple members who are immediate family of our members for a set fee. A donation to the Temple in memory of the deceased is customary. If there is a death in your family, please contact Cantor Singer and/or our Temple President for immediate assistance and support.