Life Cycle Events

Brit Milah

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. Please contact Rabbi Paul Strasko to put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser).

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 Strasko can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue, or on Shabbat.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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. Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidates are religious school students for two years before they celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Kol Shalom’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah guidelines and requirements are described in the handbook below as well as a celebratory oneg planning sheet that you can download.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guidelines and Requirements

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Oneg Planning Sheet

Wedding

Rabbi Strasko 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 and help you to design the ceremony, providing our knowledge and experience.

Funeral

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). CKS has plots in Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island available to members.  For more information, please contact admin@kolshalom.net.

Sponsoring a Kiddush

You can sponsor a basic Kiddush luncheon by donating funds to accomplish the Kiddush or by providing the goodies yourself! Please contact us at admin@kolshalom.net for more information.