We are here to assist you and your family with the following life cycle events:
The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eight day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi Novak can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser), help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel.
Baby Naming/Simchat Bat
We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn daughter with a ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name. Rabbi Novak can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue, on a Shabbat, or any day the Torah is read (Monday, Thursday, Festivals, Rosh Chodesh).
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, you commit yourself to be proud membership in our ancient people.
Rabbi Novak can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by teaching bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, from Ketubah
(marriage document), to Kiddushin (Engagement) to Huppah (Marriage Canopy) to Nissuin (marriage ceremony) to breaking the glass. We also
counsel you, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. We also work with you in designing the
ceremony, providing our knowledge and experience.
Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – Kriah (tearing of a garment), Levayah (funeral procession), Hesped (eulogy), Kevurah
(burial) and Shivah (seven days of mourning). Rabbi Novak will instruct you on these and other rituals. We can also perform the funeral
ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.
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 Barbara Bloom at (727) 531-5829 for more information.
LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL WAY TO HONOR YOUR
FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE CELEBRATING A SIMCHA?
The Tree of Life is just the answer. What a joy it is for someone to walk into our shul and see a tribute to their special
birthday, anniversary, or wedding! Does your child or grandchild have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or special occasion coming up? What
a great way to honor them!
Also makes a great "Group Gift" for a special occasion.
Order forms are in the temple office. $250 donation.