The members of Congregation Kol Ami celebrate together the significant events marking every stage of the life cycle. Brisses and baby-namings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, weddings, funerals, and other sacred observances are not only important in the individual lives of our members, but are important congregational events as well. Please contact the Kol Ami office or Rabbi Kinberg for information and support during any of these events.
Brit Milah (bris): Performed on the eighth day after birth of a boy, the Brit Milah is both a circumcision and naming ceremony. Jewish tradition holds that this ritual marks the moment when the body and the soul are joined together in serving God.
Brit HaBat: The covenant of the daughter, or Simchat Bat (joy of a daughter), is the naming ceremony used to welcome a new girl child. Unlike the Brit Milah, there is no fixed time during which the naming must occur.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Children become Bar Mitzvah (male) or Bat Mitzvah (female) when they reach the age of thirteen. This joyous event is celebrated in the synagogue by having the Bar or Bat Mitzvah play a prominent role in leading the Shabbat service. See the B’nai Mitzvah page for more details.
A Jewish wedding is a celebration of great joy for the community as another link is forged in the great chain that connects us back to our earliest ancestors and forward to the generations yet to come.
Comforting the sick and consoling the bereaved are among the highest Jewish values. Kol Ami embraces these mitzvot with care and compassion. If you know of any of our members who may be struggling with illness, grief, or other serious problems, please contact the Congregation Kol Ami office.