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The Cycle of Life

Finding Strength in Community

As Jews, we are blessed with rituals and traditions that can sustain us on life’s journey, enriching our celebrations and providing comfort during our times of sorrow. We do not have to make this journey alone. Strength comes from knowing we are part of a warm, inclusive community whose members help to care for one another.

Here at Beth Am, our clergy devote themselves to making personal connections with our members and lending support at the most joyous and the most challenging moments in life. Our rabbis and cantor develop one-to-one relationships with families, children and teens as they prepare for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation; they work with engaged couples and parents who are welcoming a new child; visit those who are ill, both at home and in the hospital; and counsel the bereaved. They also take time to listen and help our members explore the emotional and spiritual impact of life changes.

Coping with parenthood, family life, aging and loss can be stressful, but the friendship and comfort of a synagogue community can help us make the most of life’s journey and find personal meaning along the way.

BABY NAMING & BRIT (Welcoming into the Covenant)
As a community, we celebrate the birth or adoption of a baby with great joy. Beth Am clergy are available to officiate at a baby naming or brit (circumcision ceremony) either during a Friday evening service or at a private ceremony offsite. Please be in touch with Beth Am clergy to schedule a naming or brit for your child.

B'NEI MITZVAH
When Jewish children turn thirteen, they become B’nei Mitzvah (Children of the Commandment), which means they are bound by mitzvot, Jewish obligations, and take their place as adult members of the Jewish community.

Learn more about celebrating B’nei Mitzvah at Beth Am.

CONVERSION
The Torah teaches that when the Israelites left Egypt, preparing to become a free people living in covenant with God, an “erev rav,” a “mixed multitude,” went out with them. Indeed, throughout history, the Jewish People has benefited from those who have chosen to become Jewish, bringing with them unique gifts that strengthen and enrich our community. We welcome all those who join this congregation, Jewish or not, to participate at whatever level feels comfortable to them, and encourage anyone who is interested in conversion to Judaism to contact the clergy.

Check out this Frequently Asked Questions About Conversion guide.

MARRIAGE
The Beth Am clergy welcome the opportunity to help couples, including interfaith and same-sex couples, prepare for and celebrate their weddings. Please contact the clergy for more information.

DEATH & MOURNING

Wed, June 12 2024 6 Sivan 5784