Life Cycle Events
Brit Milah/Simchat Bat
Temple Kol Ami is more than a congregation, we are a family. Our members connect intimately as they share our sacred space. We believe when one family has a simcha (happy occasion), it is a simcha for the entire congregation, and so we strive to approach every member with the open mindedness that will make their simcha special.
These happy occasions celebrate your strength and the strength of our people as we rejoice in the arrival of a new generation of the Jewish people. Involving Temple or our Rabbis in a Brit Milah (baby boy covenantal ritual) or Simchat Bat (baby girl covenantal ritual) offers a unique opportunity to create a ritual which embodies your family. Our Rabbis patiently offer their time and guidance, from customizing the ceremony to helping families select a name. While these life celebrations typically occur in a Jewish home, you may also inquire with our office about utilizing our building.
Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah have been given a unique significance in our congregation. We were able to be the first congregation to guarantee families that their child would not have to share a date with another child. The same remains true today.
Similarly, Temple Kol Ami is deeply proud of the strength our students draw from our B’nai Mitzvah program. Our students learn confidence as they lead prayer, chant Torah, pursue a mitzvah project(s), and offer teaching to the congregation on their Torah portion. Just as Temple Kol Ami is a place for meaningful Judaism, we take care to draw deep meaning from the B’nai Mitzvah process with our students.
We are deeply proud of the significant number of our students who over the years have chosen to pursue careers as Jewish professionals or who have taken on key Jewish leadership roles as adults. We believe it all begins in our B’nai Mitzvah program, which maintains Temple Kol Ami’s commitment to serious fun.
For more information on our B’nai Mitzvah program, please contact our office.
Our Founding Rabbi, Ernst Conrad z”l, laid the foundation that we don’t “confirm” our Sophomore’s Jewish identity, we “affirm” it. Our affirmation program is directed towards helping our students affirm their own particular relationship to Judaism and the land of Israel. In it we encourage the class to question assumptions and design their own service. The class also pursues a significant class mitzvah project. It is set to coincide with the festival of Shavuot, and carries the special significance of “receiving the Torah.”
When planning the most sacred day of ones’ life, how could one not want an officiant that will be more than a person to show up on the day, but a caring listener who will hear you as a couple and treat you with honor and respect. Our Rabbis are expert pastors and officiants known throughout the community. They are flexible, offering options for non-traditional and interfaith couples. Their personal connection with couples they work with is unparalleled. To inquire about wedding officiation, please contact our office.
End of Life
At Temple Kol Ami we emphasize the core Jewish belief that every life is sacred and every person deserving of honor. Our Rabbi(s) consider it a sacred obligation to offer the best end-of-life pastoral care and funeral officiation to our members and their families. Should you, God forbid, have a need, please feel free to contact our office.