It is no accident that Judaism encourages a minyan, or prayer quorum, for circumcisions and weddings. Jewish tradition insists that these moments need to be public, not private. For it is not only the individual celebrants who are touched at births and weddings. These are powerful moments that also enrich the communities that come to share them. Communities need moments when they can collectively express a prevailing optimism, when they can rejoice in the continuing possibility of hope.
-- Daniel Gordis, God Was Not in the Fire
From Birth to Death
Congregation Rodef Sholom strives to be at the heart of its congregants' Jewish lives, honoring and facilitating Jewish life cycle events both privately and publicly. Shabbat services often include baby namings, wedding blessings and conversion ceremonies. We celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah on most Saturday mornings. Our rabbis regularly officiate at baby namings, weddings, conversions, brit milah ceremonies, funerals and unveilings and are available to assist congregants going through all major life transitions. Call the Rodef Sholom office at 479.3441 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our clergy. For more information about specific lifecycle events, click on the following:
Baby namings and britot
Graduation (Ohavai Torah)
Adult b'nai mitzvah
Death, burial and mourning