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Life Cycle Events

B'nai Mitzvah

Click on one of the links (below or in the left-side menu under B'nai Mitzvah) for specifics on handouts for B'nai Mitzvah services, Honors/Aliyot, Torah Blessings, Blessings for Parents, and Purchasing Tefillin. We strive to make every Bar and Bat Mitzvah expereince meaningful to the child, the family, and our community. There is not a single box that a child must fit in and thus, no two b'nai mitzvah are alike. Rabbi O and your child's tutor work together with you to make sure that the service celebrating your child becoming bar or bat mitzvah is meaningful and impactful.

Prayers for Healing - Refuah Shlemah

If you have a name you would like to add to Congregation Beth El's Mi Sh'berach (prayers for healing) list, please send an email to Karen Freeman-Pettis. The name will be added to our daily prayers for healing. If possible, please also include the person's Hebrew name.

If a loved one is in the hospital or recovering at home and would like a visit from Rabbi Olitzky please call the office at 973-763-0111.

Chevra Kadisha - Holy Burial Society

Beth El’s Chevra Kadisha is an organization of volunteer lay members and synagogue professionals dedicated to assisting congregants and their families at the time of death and bereavement. Its mission is founded upon the traditional Jewish mitzvot of k’vod hamet (honoring the dead) and nichum ha-aveilim (comforting the mourners). Beth El’s Chevra Kadisha is committed to making the following services available to Beth El members and families:

- Help to make funeral arrangements in consultation with Beth El’s clergy and local funeral homes
- Perform tahara (ritual purification of the deceased)
- Perform sh’mira (watching over the deceased until the time of burial)
- Help to arrange condolence meals for the mourners; be available for support as needed
- Help to ensure that a minyan (prayer quorum) and sh’lichei tzibbor (service leaders) are present at the local house of mourning for all evening services during the period of shiva (the week of mourning)

Our Chevra Kadisha is equally committed to educating Beth El’s members about Jewish laws and customs relating to death and bereavement, and the merits of calling upon the Chevra Kadisha in time of need.

To download our Guide to Jewish Death and Mourning Customs, click here.

If a family member or loved one passes away, please contact Rabbi Olitzky and he can help walk you through arrangements for burial.

Welcoming a Child into the Covenant

Rabbi Olitzky would be happy to meet with you to discuss how to celebrate your new child in the Jewish community with a brit milah (often called a Bris) or a Simchat Bat, Brit Bat, and babynaming. Please contact Rabbi O directly. 

Celebrating Love and Partnership

There are many ways to celebrate your upcoming marriage at Beth El, with the wedding ceremony and reception here, or with an aufruf -- a special blessing at the Torah prior to the wedding -- and kiddush reception in the days and weeks leading up to the wedding. Rabbi O would be happy to discuss this with you to create a ceremony that is meaningful to all involved. 

For further information or to request our services, please contact Rabbi Olitzky at 973-763-0111 or

Thu, April 26 2018 11 Iyyar 5778