Life Cycle Events
A brit milah (for a son) or simchat bat (for a daughter) ceremony marks a newborn Jewish child’s entrance into the Jewish community. Both parents of an interfaith family may participate in the naming ceremony.
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B’nai mitzvah services
Upon completion of Manetto Hill Jewish Center Hebrew School requirements, Jewish boys and girls at age 13 participate as a bar mitzvah (for a boy) or a bat mitzvah (for a girl).
Non-Jewish participants may have the following roles in the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony:
- Presentation of the tallit (prayer shawl)
- Parents prayer
- Selected English readings
- Accompany the Jewish partner to the bimah when the Jewish partner has an aliyah
- Open the ark
Manetto Hill Jewish Center is a welcoming inclusive congregation that embraces interfaith couples as they become part of synagogue life. Our rabbi is more than happy to meet with you to discuss building a Jewish home and options for interfaith families. Please be aware that rabbis of the Conservative movement are only permitted to officiate at the marriage of two members of the Jewish faith.
Funerals & Mourning
The custom of reciting Kaddish (the Mourner’s Prayer) may be observed regardless of the deceased’s tradition or faith. Both Jewish and non-Jewish family members may be memorialized for the observance of yahrzeit (the anniversary of a death).
The rabbi is available to work together with all families in their time of need. The observance of shivah and other mourning rituals are encouraged regardless of the deceased’s tradition or faith.