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Yom Shishi, 29 Sivan 5777
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Brit Milah

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.

Our rabbis are available to put you in touch with a mohel or mohelet, help you understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the mohel. Please contact Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as can to discuss the process and make arrangements, 908-232-6770, ext. 114.


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.

Our Rabbis are available to help you plan this ceremony. Baby Naming ceremonies typically take place as part of our Erev Shabbat Services. Arrangements may be made by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 908-232-6770, ext. 117.


Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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.


Wedding

Our Rabbis can help you prepare for this joyous occasion and are available to officiate weddings, for members and their children, at Temple Emanu-El and elsewhere. It is important that you discuss your upcoming wedding plans and date with the Senior Rabbi, Doug Sagal, as soon as possible. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 908-232-6770, ext. 117.


Funeral

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.

Temple Emanu-El has it’s own section within Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge. Please contact Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information, 908-232-6770, ext. 114.