Beth Jacob Synagogue
Life Cycle The Cycle of Our Lives

In Jewish tradition, rituals and blessings are used to commemorate and mark the major moments of our lives.  The power of a life cycle ritual flows as much from the ritual itself as from the support of the community that joins together to embrace the occasion. Below is useful information to arrange and observe any life cycle event at Beth Jacob Synagogue  

Birth
At Beth Jacob, when a baby is born the whole congregation celebrates! Every family has the opportunity of introducing their new baby boy or girl to the congregation at a brit milah or a Shabbat service with a naming ceremony. If you need assistance with a bris or naming, contact the office for more information.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
The process of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an important journey—one that prepares children to embrace their responsibilities for both our tradition and the Jewish community. Throughout this journey, our rabbi, cantor, tutors and teachers guide and support our students to ensure that they will ascend the bimah proudly and confidently.

Please contact the office to chose a date at least two years before your child’s 13th birthday. 

Marriage
Rabbi Lavery-Yisraeli and Cantor Bitton officiate at marriages. Please contact the rabbi before you choose the date to be certain of their availability and then schedule an appointment to meet them prior to the wedding.

Illness
Every Shabbat morning, we list the names of those who are ill and ask for additional names to be called out from our congregation. The rabbi is available to call or visit the sick. In addition, our Mitzvah Committee will visit and provide rides to those who are ill.Please call the office whenever you know of someone’s illness or if you or a family member needs assistance.

Death
When a loved one dies, it’s important to contact Dan Levy, our cemetery chair at 905-815-3262 and Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli at 905-522-1351, ext 10. The Rabbi will meet with you and your family before the funeral to talk about your loved one and to describe the service and mourning customs. Anytime after one month, but usually close to a year later, an unveiling/dedication of the gravestone takes place. Contact the rabbi to schedule a date and time.

On a yahrzeit, the anniversary of a death, we send reminders to our congregants.