From the beginning of life to all the exciting changes that follow, Rabbi Cukierkorn and our staff will work with you to create an event that reflects your family’s uniqueness.

Brit Milah (Circumcision) and Baby Naming

A new baby marks a significant transition for the entire family – you’re not just welcoming a new family member but also bringing him or her into the Covenant. Temple Israel is honored to be part of this celebration. We hold naming ceremonies for boys and girls.

For brit milah, we work with several mohalim (ritual circumcisers, some of whom are physicians) in the area. We ask that you contact Temple Israel a few months before the expected birth in order to begin planning. The service is better done in your home, but it could take place at the temple as well.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Having a bar or bat mitzvah at Temple Israel is a special and memorable experience for the student, their family and friends, and the Temple Israel community. Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are held on Shabbat at the most convenient time for the family.  Our Rabbi will work with your family to create a welcoming, meaningful and warm ceremony.  Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation should begin between 12 and 18 months in advance of the big day.  Please contact the Rabbi to pick a date.


Although Confirmation marks the last stage of a student’s formal Jewish education, we hope that it is just the start of a lifetime of study and practice as a Jew.  It is a ceremony that allows the student to reflect on the meaning of Judaism to him or her and celebrate a religious coming of age. Confirmation is held at the end of 10th grade and follows becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah (not an alternative to it).


Our Rabbi is available to officiate at the wedding and vows renewal ceremonies of members of the congregation as well as non-members. Rabbi Cukierkorn will also officiate at the marriage of interfaith couples as well as same-sex couples.   It is recommended that you contact the Rabbi and set a date with him before making any other commitments e.g., caterer, band, etc..

Hanukat HaBayim (New Home Blessing)

A new home promises good fortune and a bright future. The ceremony of placing a mezzuzah can help you put the stress and labor of moving behind you.  Rabbi Cukierkorn will be happy to go to your home to help you place a Mezuzah.


Temple Israel embraces “Jews by Choice” just as warmly as any “Jew by Birth.” If you have converted already or are simply considering conversion, you are welcome at Temple Israel. Rabbi Cukierkorn is a champion of conversions, having officiated at almost 400 of them. Please contact the Rabbi for details.

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