Life Cycle Events
Acknowledging the Changes in Our Lives Jewishly
From birth to death, Jewish tradition provides meaningful ways to acknowledge both the joyous and challenging events in our lives. Our ancient traditions, especially when seen through a modern lens, can bring additional significance to these times and help us through periods of difficulty.
Our clergy are here to assist you with life-cycle ceremonies and rituals relating to:
Birth and Baby/Child Naming
New family members are always a blessing to be shared with family and friends. Rabbi Olshein can help you with creating meaningful ceremonies marking your child's entrance into God's covenant with the Jewish people, including advice regarding giving them a Jewish name and ritual circumcision (called a bris or brit milah). We love to celebrate baby-naming (and child-naming) ceremonies with the entire community and invite you to contact us so we can discuss the appropriate ceremony for your family's celebration.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
When a child becomes thirteen years old, they become an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community and can take part in the obligations that come along with becoming part of the community. In order for Jewish teenagers to mark this special transition to Jewish adulthood, we provide opportunities for them to learn about and embrace their tradition through learning how to read/chant from the Torah and Haftarah (Jewish sacred texts) and assist in leading the congregation in worship. For online B'nei Mitzvah information, please click here.
Sponsoring a Kiddush
Whether you are interested in sponsoring a basic Kiddush or a full Kiddush luncheon, our staff can assist you with all the preparations! Please contact us for more information!
Celebrating the joining of two people in marriage is one of the most special events two families can share. Rabbi Olshein is available to perform weddings for individuals wishing to formalize their commitment in a Jewish wedding ceremony. The Rabbi will meet with each couple multiple times before the ceremony date to discuss the couple's future life together and to craft a special ceremony for each couple.
Times When We Need Spiritual, Emotional, or Physical Healing
At Temple Israel, we believe it is important to have a spiritual community to reach out to when one needs spiritual, emotional, or physical healing. Both our Rabbi and members of our Chesed/Caring Community perform the mitzvah (commandment) of visiting the sick in both hospitals and at home.
End of Life Decision-Making
Should your family suffer a loss, or is facing the loss of a loved one, Temple Israel is here to help you in your time of need. Not only does Rabbi Olshein perform funerals, but she also provides spiritual counseling preceding and following a loved one's passing if requested.
Rabbi Olshein can arrange for shiva minyanim (services in your home following burial) should you choose (even if your loved one is buried out of town). Finally, an additional benefit of membership is that Temple Israel members can purchase burial plots at Star of David (formerly Menorah Gardens), (561) 627-2777, in Palm Beach Gardens. We also have a designated section at Eternal Light in Boynton Beach, (561) 737-7411).
To purchase cemetery plots, you need to contact a family counselor at either one of these cemeteries to ascertain plot locations and other details.
We offer the plots at Star of David Cemetary for $3,000 each. Our members receive an $800 discount per plot. After speaking with the professionals at Star of David, should you wish to purchase a plot from us, please contact our Temple Administrator, Jennifer Green Baer, to make payment arrangements. Arrangements with Eternal Light are made directly through their office.
If you choose to make “Pre-Need” funeral arrangements, which we recommend, in order to eliminate stressful emotional decisions at the actual time of death, and save a considerable sum of money versus “At Need,” you will need to decide where you want the funeral service to take place – the funeral parlor you selected or the Temple sanctuary. You will also need to select, and pay for, with your funeral parlor caskets, gravestones, travel insurance, limos and other related funeral items. If you decide to go the “Pre-Need” way, we do urge you to obtain quotes before making a decision.
Jennifer Green Baer is always available to assist you in making the decision that gives you the greatest level of comfort. She can be reached at the Temple office: (561) 833-8421.
Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – k’riah (tearing of a garment), l’vayah (funeral procession), hesped (eulogy), k’vurah (burial) and shivah (seven days of mourning). Rabbi Olshein will instruct you on these and other rituals, if desired. She can also perform the funeral ceremony and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices to assist you during this time of life.