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Life Cycle Events


Ecclesiastes teaches us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Judaism honors life’s significant milestones with meaningful rituals rooted in our ancient traditions. The sections below describe how Temple Beth Tikvah provides members with spiritual wisdom and practical support to make the most of each one.

Simcha Baby

Our congregation proudly partners with the Jewish Federation and Family Services’ Shalom Baby program (click here for the JFFS Shalom Baby program). Our Simcha Baby program celebrates the birth of babies born to our members or their children with handmade gifts created by our Crochet Club. These Mitzvah Mavens crochet, knit, and do other needlecrafts to create yarmulkas, bibs, and other beautiful items that will welcome newborns and their families into our congregation.

Child Naming

At a Friday night or Saturday morning service, newborn children are given a special blessing and their Hebrew name.  If your child never received a Hebrew name, it is never too late to provide one. Our Rabbi can help you choose one based on your own family traditions. If you prefer, the naming ceremony may be done in the home where the Rabbi will come and welcome the child into the Covenant of Israel.

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This ceremony takes place on Simchat Torah and is when we officially welcome our new students into our Religious School.  Each student is called up, given a blessing from our Rabbi, and presented with a certificate and his/her very own mini-Torah.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

This coming-of-age ceremony takes place at the age of thirteen.  On a Shabbat morning our young teens lead the entire worship service and also read the Torah for all the aliyot along with the haftarah.  At TBT, Cantor Avdee prepares and rehearses our students, educator Miriam Van Raalte works with them on their mitzvh project, and our Rabbi helps them with their speech and also officiates at the ceremony along with Cantor Avdee.

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Adult B’nai Mitzvah

It’s never too late for Jewish adults to acquire the knowledge and skills that enable them to participate in congregational worship. Every two years a dedicated group of adults culminate 15 months of study with a very moving and emotional Adult B’nai Mitzvah service.  Our Rabbi teaches general Jewish topics and educator Miriam Van Raalte teaches the Hebrew alphabet leading to the reading of the Hebrew prayers.

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Our Rabbi is happy to meet with any couple contemplating marriage and will officiate at the ceremony if both bride and groom are Jewish.  Rental of the Temple sanctuary and social hall is available for Jewish ceremonies conducted by our clergy.

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Birthday & Anniversary Blessings

During our Family Service on the first Friday of each month, those celebrating a birthday or anniversary during the month are called up to the bima for a special blessing.  Each person or couple is asked their name and celebration date and also their age or number of anniversary years.  This ceremony is a favorite of our congregation and many of our teens return year after year for their special blessing.

Illness / Caring Community

Life isn’t always about celebrations. In time of illness Temple Beth Tikvah and our members want to support those in need. Our Rabbi regularly visits those who are hospitalized or ill at home. Our Caring Community Committee meets regularly to assess the status of our members, sharing information provided by congregants about their health status and need for support. Our Committee members visit, call, or help with grocery shopping whenever possible.

End of Life

Temple Beth Tikvah recognizes the sanctity and dignity of human life in all its stages. Our Rabbi is available to counsel and support you through the grief and mourning process.  He will also officiate at a funeral or memorial service for a loved one and conduct the shivah minyan services in your home if desired. Our Sisterhood provides assistance with the meal of consolation following the funeral through our “Mitzvah Corp.” Finally, the name of your loved one can also be added to our weekly kaddish list, distributed as part of the service program each week.

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Memorial Wall Plaques

The memorial walls in our Temple sanctuary and foyer provide a special place to honor those who have especially touched our lives. Plaques may be purchased in memory of anyone to commemorate their date of death. Simply contact the Temple office for information.


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