“Behold, you are consecrated unto me, with this ring, according to the tradition of Moses and Israel.” —Jewish Marriage Vow
At Beth Am, we hold a special Consecration ceremony for young children when they begin their journey of Jewish education. In this way, we send the message that Jewish learning is special. In general, when something is consecrated, it is made sacred, set apart, dedicated or given a new purpose. At the wedding ceremony, bride and groom vow to consecrate themselves and their relationship. We sometimes speak of a person as being consecrated to a holy mission or task, or the consecration of a building. We believe that through the ritual of Consecration, our youngest students learn that they are beginning a sacred journey, full of wonder, excitement and fun.