B’rit milah (literally, “covenant of circumcision”), also called a bris, refers to a religious ritual through which male babies are formally welcomed into the Jewish people on the eighth day of their new lives. According to Jewish tradition, it is a parent’s obligation to circumcise a son and offer a threefold blessing for the child: a life enriched by Torah, the wedding canopy (chuppah), and good deeds. Today, a mohel or mohelet is routinely designated by parents to fulfill this custom.
Baby Naming/Simchat Bat
Ceremonies that celebrate the birth of a daughter and her entry into the covenant of the Jewish people are known by a variety of names, including b'rit bat and b'rit chayim. They are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our daughters and are an important part of liberal Judaism's egalitarian approach to Jewish tradition.
In Reform synagogues, boys and girls mark symbolic entry into Jewish adulthood with a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at age thirteen.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah information and requirements are available here or by calling the Temple Office at 908-232-6770.
Audio files of the blessings and prayers can be downloaded here.
The death of a loved one is so often a painful and confusing time for members of the family and dear friends. Our Clergy members are here to assist you in planning the funeral as well as offer helpful information on Jewish burial and mourning practices.
When a death occurs, please notify the Temple by calling 908-232-6770. Whether you call during office hours or when the Temple office is closed, listen carefully to the message for emergency contact instructions. Please call, do not email, the Temple in an emergency.