Lifecycle Events

Lifecycle events, from birth to b’nai mitzvah to marriage, are special moments that encourage our awareness of our many blessings. We look back with awe at how far we have traveled since the last great milestone, and we allow ourselves a glimpse into the future. At CJC we celebrate our members’ high moments as a community and support each other through our saddest moments. Rabbi Starr and Cantor Kintisch are available to talk and also to help you design a customized life cycle ceremony. All fees for lifecycle events are included with CJC membership.

Rabbi Starr and Cantor Kintisch have created and are open to creating new Lifecycle Events to meet your individual needs.

For more information contact the CJC Office, 410-730-6044.

In the event of a lifecycle emergency please contact Rabbi Sonya Starr, 410-660-9432.

Brit Milah

Our clergy is available to co-officiate with a mohel in the Brit Milah ceremony that welcomes a baby boy into the covenant of the Jewish people and bestows upon him his Hebrew name.  For more information please contact the CJC Office, 410-732-6044.

Baby Naming

Naming and blessing a Jewish girl can be her first welcome into Jewish life.  The naming may take place within the congregational community at Shabbat services or you may choose to have a private naming ceremony in your home.  It is usually held on Shabbat morning and can be flexible to accommodate your circumstances. Please contact the CJC office, 410-730-6044 for more information.

Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Our goal is for Bar/Bat Mitzvah to be a meaningful experience for the entire family. Congregational membership, involvement and school enrollment are all important parts of the process. To review CJC’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guidelines, please click here.

Marriage

Mazel tov! Life partnerships are to be treasured and celebrated. Speak to our clergy early in your wedding planning process. Rabbi Starr and Cantor Kintisch both officiate weddings. Cantor Ben can also officiate Interfaith weddings. If you have any questions concerning your upcoming Jewish wedding, please feel free to contact the CJC Office, 410-730-6044.

Death and Mourning

The Jewish way of dealing with death is one part of a larger philosophy of life in which all people are viewed with dignity and respect. Even after death, the body, which once held a holy human life, retains its sanctity. Our sages have compared the sacredness of the deceased to that of an impaired Torah scroll, which although no longer usable, still retains its holiness. In Jewish tradition therefore, the greatest consideration and respect is accorded the dead.

Jewish law and tradition have endowed funeral and mourning practices with profound religious significance. To this end, Jewish funerals avoid ostentation; family and visitors reflect in dress and deportment the solemnity of the occasion; flowers are inappropriate, embalming and viewing are avoided; and internment takes place as soon as possible after death.

  • We offer the opportunity to meet with Rabbi Starr and David Zinner to discuss your post death    wishes including, but not limited to, tahara, shomrim, funeral plans, cemetery choices and shiva.
  • CJC’s Chevra Kadisha is committed to providing tahara for all members who would like it, the      congregation provides shomrim during the day hours and our Caring Committee provides a meal of consolation.

If you would like to learn more about Chevra Kadisha or prepare end of life planning, please contact David Zinner,  davidzinner@comcast.net.