We are blessed with rituals and traditions that can sustain us on life’s journey, enriching our celebrations and providing comfort during our times of sorrow.
Here at The Temple-Tifereth Israel, our clergy devote themselves to making personal connections with our members and lending support at the most joyous and the most challenging moments in life. Our rabbis and cantor develop one-to-one relationships with families, children and teens as they prepare for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation; they work with engaged couples and parents who are welcoming a new child; visit those who are ill, both at home and in the hospital; and counsel the bereaved. They also take time to listen and help our members explore the emotional and spiritual impact of life changes.
Coping with parenthood, family life, aging and loss can be stressful, but the synagogue can help us make the most of life’s journey and find personal meaning along the way.
Sacred Pilgrimage: A Guide to Jewish Practices on Death and Mourning
© 1996, 2013, Rabbi Richard A. Block
We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn with a ceremony that brings that child into the covenant, and confers upon them a Hebrew name. Our Rabbis can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue. To schedule please contact one of our Rabbis […]
The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eighth day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony welcomes a son into the sacred covenant of Abraham, our ancestor. Our Rabbis can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser),help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel(et). To […]
We hold a special Consecration ceremony on Simchat Torah for our first graders (and some second graders, too) within the Learning Center. This is the first year they begin their journey of formal Jewish education. In this way, we send the message that Jewish learning is special. In general, when something is consecrated, it is […]
Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. As son or daughter of the commandments, they commit themselves to be proud members of our ancient people. The words Bar/Bat Mitzvah mean “one who is responsible for religious obligations (mitzvot).” Hence, Jewish adulthood is attained by accepting […]
Reform Judaism recognizes that young adults should continue their studies after becoming B’nai Mitzvah. Our teen programs provide a variety of experiences designed to encourage lifelong connections to Judaism. A special class ceremony of Confirmation takes place at the end of the 10th grade year at the holiday of Shavuot.
If you are considering converting to Judaism, our community provides a supportive and welcoming place for you to make this sacred exploration. The first step toward exploring conversion is to set up a meeting with any one of our clergy. Together, you will make a plan for your course of study and includes individual meetings […]
Our clergy can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by working with you in designing the ceremony, providing our knowledge and experience. We also counsel you, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. Our clergy enjoy working with engaged couples to help create a joyous and personally […]
Bienially, we hold Adult B’nai Mitzvah classes. Please consult with our Clergy by calling (216) 595-2431 to learn more about the program to become a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah.
Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals that help to heal a broken heart. Our Clergy will instruct you on the rituals of this time and can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices. When a death occurs in your family, you should contact […]
MOURNER’S KADDISH Yit-ga-dal v’yit-ka-dash sh’mei ra-ba, b’al-ma di-v’ra chi-ru-tei, v’yam-lich mal-chu-tei b’chai-yei-chon uv’yo-mei-chon uv’chai-yei d’chol-beit Yis-ra-eil, ba-a-ga-la u-viz-man ka-riv, v’im’ru: Amen. Y’hei sh’mei ra-ba m’va-rach l’a-lam ul’al-mei al-ma-ya. Yit-ba-rach v’yish-ta-bach, v’yit-pa-ar v’yit-ro-mam v’yit-na-sei, v’yit-ha-dar v’yit-a-leh v’yit-ha-lal, sh’mei d’ku-d’sha, b’rich hu, l’ei-la min kol bir-cha-ta v’shi-ra-ta, tush-b’cha-ta v’ne-che-ma-ta, da-a-mi-ran b’al-ma, v’im’ru: Amen. Y’hei sh’la-ma ra-ba min […]
We tradionally observe yahrzeit on the anniversary of a loved one’s death by lighting a candle and reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish. In addition this Temple keeps registeries of the Hebrew dates of members’ deaths. Another tradition is to make a donation in honor of a person’s yahrzeit. If you are interested in making this kind […]