Lifecycles

Welcoming a New Life

Brit Milah and Baby Naming

The arrival of a new baby is a cause for rejoicing, not only by the immediate and extended family, but also by the Congregation and the community at large. A new child represents a world of possibilities and promise, and everyone at Beth David is happy to share in this Simcha. Members can arrange for a Brit Milah for their new son, either at the family’s home or in the hospital with the Rabbi in attendance. In the Resources section are listed pediatricians who are happy to serve as mohels.  For a new girl, the proud parents can bring their daughter to the bimah for a special blessing by the Rabbi or arrange for a more private ceremony with the the Rabbi at their home. Email 

Weddings

Working with the Clergy

An engaged couple who wish to be married by one of Beth David’s Rabbis, whether at the synagogue or at another location, should contact the Office at least 6 months in advance to secure the date and confirm  availability. Beth David Clergy do not perform interfaith weddings. Email

Aufruf

On the Shabbat prior to a wedding, many couples request an Aliyah during the Torah Service, after which, the Rabbi gives the bride and groom a special blessing and the congregation claps and sings “Mazal Tov.” The Office needs advance notice in order to schedule this honor. Email

Conversion Classes

If one partner is not Jewish by birth, but intends to convert to Judaism prior to the wedding, the Rabbi can facilitate this conversion through classwork, individual counseling, and Mikveh arrangements. Email

Compassion and Caring

Congregation Beth David is proud of the many ways in which members are encouraged to reach out to each other – in times of joy and in times of trouble. Several committees organize informal caretaking activities for families to provide a sense of support and community during a sorrowful time.

Chevrat Chesed

Chevrat Chesed focuses on making the Congregation a resource for healing. We are a group of congregants dedicated to assisting other congregants in time of need and facilitating opportunities for mitzvot. These activites include providing dairy or parve meals for families with a new baby, for individuals returning home after a hospitalization, for someone recovering from an extended illness, or for families sitting Shiva. The committee also arranges transportation to doctors’ appointments for those who do not have transportation, and calls to individuals on the mishaberach list to counter their feelings of isolation. Click here to assist with these mitzvot. Email

Bikkur Cholim

The Bikkur Cholim committee has existed for many years, and focuses on volunteer visits to the sick in hospitals and at home. Email

Hevra Kadisha

Hevra Kadisha assists a family who has suffered the loss of a loved one. The committee executes religious procedures for caring for the deceased (including guarding the body before burial), provides support for funeral arrangements and arranges Shiva Minyanim services in the home of the bereaved. Email

Congregation Beth David Memorial Garden

In 2000, Beth David purchased land at the Oak Hill Cemetery and established a congregational cemetery, the Beth David Memorial Garden. Most burials of synagogue members now take place at this cemetery, but internment at other Jewish cemeteries in the area can also be arranged. Email

Holding Your Life Cycle Event at Beth David

General Guidelines

Beth David welcomes the opportunity to participate in Life Cycle Events of our members, including Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebrations, wedding receptions, birthday and anniversary parties, and special occasions. Events are held in the Social Hall of the synagogue. The laws of Kashrut apply to all food service arrangements, and, if the event is held during Shabbat, entertainment is to be in keeping with the observances of the day. Specific guidelines are available in the Beth David Office. Email

Scheduling

It is important to reserve the Social Hall well in advance to avoid conflicts with other uses of the reception area and the kitchen. Reservations are made through the Beth David office. Email

Catering Services

The synagogue reserves the right to approve any catering service involved with a special event. Email