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Life-Cycle Events

From birth to death, the act of consciously marking the major milestones in one’s life is an important element to both personal and religious development. Similarly important are the rituals associated with these life-cycle events.

The tenets of Reform Judaism allow flexibility for how these rituals are observed.
Following are some of the practices observed by the Congregation Emanu-El community:
  • Birth (Welcoming Ceremonies)


  • Bar & Bat Mitzvah


  • Weddings


  • Funerals
Learn more in the LIFE CYCLES section of the website.

The gift of flowers to decorate the bimah is a meaningful way to remember a loved one, honor a bar or bat mitzvah, or commemorate a wedding, birthday or some other notable event. Another option is to sponsor the weekly Oneg Shabbat held after Friday worship services. For information about these sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Temple Emanu-El also is pleased to be able to offer our magnificent spaces to temple members, not only for religious services for weddings, baby namings, b’new mitzvah and other life-cycle events but also for the celebrations associated with them. Click here for information about catering and hosting an event at Temple Emanu-El.

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