Life Cycle Events

Life Cycle Events
Jewish Life Cycle Events are marked by rituals which allow your personal life transitions to be shared with your family, friends and community.

From the moment we are born to the moment our lives end, Jewish traditions provide ritual and ceremony, guiding the journey of human life and arranging it in the context of covenant, belief, and history.

At Adat Ari El we join together during important events in the lives of our congregants such as:

• Brit Milah
The brit milah (covenant of circumcision) is a ceremony performed on 8-day-old male infants by a qualified practitioner (mohel). During the ceremony the child is also given his Hebrew name and becomes a full member of the Jewish people.
• Brit Bat, Simchat Bat or Baby Naming
The birth of a girl is celebrated approximately 30 days after the birth of the infant. If this celebration takes place in the synagogue, both the parents and the baby are called to the Torah for an aliyah, a short prayer is recited and the girl’s Hebrew name is announced. This celebration may also be held in the family home.
• Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah literally means “son of the commandment” and Bat Mitzvah is “daughter of the commandment.”  We celebrate this special rite of passage with our children, their families and our congregational family. B’nai and B’not Mitzvah are held as part of our regular services on Shabbat morning, Shabbat afternoon or Rosh Hodesh. We make every effort to assure each child has his or her own special day.
• Marriage
A Jewish wedding ceremony may be held at Adat Ari El in our beautiful Sanctuary or one of our Chapels. The wedding ceremony takes place under the Huppah, a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together.
• Aufruf
It is a Jewish custom for the bride and groom to be called to the Torah for an aliyah during Shabbat services prior to their wedding, as we celebrate their forthcoming journey into married life.
• Funeral
Jewish funerals take place as soon after death as possible. Please contact one of our Rabbis or the Rabbinic department in the first instance.
• Shivah
After the burial, it is customary for the family to “sit Shivah,” observing the seven-day mourning period that begins immediately after the funeral. During this time, it is appropriate to visit the home of the bereaved.
• Unveiling
Traditionally on the first anniversary of the death of a loved one, family and friends attend a service and unveil a headstone at the graveside.

Our Rabbis and Cantors consider it an honor to assist and guide you though these important events in your lives. We can also create ceremonies and rituals for you.
Please contact Boni Gellis in our Rabbinic Department at (818) 755-3480 ext. 222 or


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