Life cycle events offer us the opportunity to connect with the powerful resources of our heritage at times of celebration and transition. We welcome you to contact us for these occasions. Rabbi Wax is available to support and guide you during these times. Please speak with Bob Kahan, Administrative Director, for more information about rentals and caterers.
Baby naming: Brit milah & Simchat Bat
We welcome babies into the Jewish community through rituals called simchat bat for girls and brit milah (or bris) for boys.Boys are circumcised on the 8th day after birth. CMS members and those from the community are welcome to use our Sanctuary for this event. Girls may be introduced to the community at our Saturday morning services during the Torah service. Customarily families sponsor a kiddush or celebratory meal after this joyous occasion.
Coming of age: Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah
As Jewish young women and young men approach age 13, they are asked by our tradition to take on new responsibilities and to exercise their talents and skills for the benefit of others.
At Congregation Mount Sinai, the process for preparing to become a bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah empowers students to become full members of the community. It is based on a foundation of years learning about Jewish culture and practice in our Hebrew school, involvement at synagogue events, and one-on-one study with Rabbi Wax one year in advance of the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony.
To become a bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah at CMS, students must have completed at least four full years of Jewish study and have attended 8 services at the synagogue in the year prior to the ceremony.
Adults who either did not have a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah ceremony or who are interested in recommitting to their Jewish practice and would like this ceremony are welcome to contact Rabbi Wax.
Choosing a Jewish life: Conversion
The decision to join the Jewish people presents a powerful opportunity to reflect on one’s spiritual journey and life path. Rabbi Wax is available to counsel those who are considering conversion and can direct you to an appropriate introduction to Judaism class.
Weddings are among the most celebratory events in the Jewish life cycle, and Congregation Mount Sinai is thrilled to host your ceremony.
In the weeks or month prior to the wedding of CMS members or their children, the couple is invited to the bimah for an aliyah, called an aufruf, at which the community celebrates the upcoming wedding.
Congregation Mount Sinai and Rabbi Wax support members of the community through the loss of a loved one. Rabbi Wax meets with the family to plan the funeral and to discuss shiva and other mourning customs, including a shiva minyan. Unveilings are customarily held within the first year after passing.
Each week at the conclusion of our Saturday morning service we read the names of those whose yahrzeit (anniversary of death) will be taking place in the upcoming week. If you will be visiting us during the week of a yahrzeit that is important to you, please email Bob Kahan with your name, the name of your loved one, and the date you will be visiting us.
We recite the Yizkor memorial prayer four times a year: on Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Passover, and the second day of Shavuot. To accommodate various schedules when these holidays fall on work days, it is held three times during the day: at 8:30am, 11:30am, and at 12:30pm. Otherwise, it is held at 11:30am.