Few moments carry as much meaning in an individual’s life than the commitment of marriage. Judaism deeply values the faithful companionship of marriage and our community rejoices in the creation of a ‘bayit ne’eman b’Yisrael’ – a new family among the Jewish people.
IMPORTANT UPDATE (March 2020): In light of Corona Virus there are temporary restrictions on funerals which can be found here: https://www.sinaileeds.uk/events/news/419-from-the-chair-and-rabbi
When a member of Sinai passes away, the bereaved family should first call the undertakers (currently Louis Burton at 'Burton & Burton') on 0113 2695552 to speak with Louis NB this number has a message concerning what to do when a loved one passes away on a Jewish Festival or Shabbat. You can also phone them on 07796 267697 and then the Sinai office (0113 2665256).
(If the office is closed, you will hear a message providing appropriate phone numbers)
For thousands of years, Judaism has recognised the birth of a baby as a joyous occasion and welcomed new life into the Jewish covenant with rituals and blessing.
The Movement for Reform Judaism provides medically trained and qualified mohalim (circumcisers) to officiate at Brit Milah (circumcision) ceremonies. The mohel attached to Sinai Synagogue (and other Northern Reform communities) is Dr Nigel Zoltie.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah (‘Son/Daughter of the Commandments’) refers to the religious coming-of-age of a young person and the attendant ceremony and celebration held in the synagogue. A bar or bat mitzvah assumes his or her religious obligations and can be counted in the minyan (prayer quorum). Traditionally, girls would come of age at twelve and boys at thirteen but in the Reform Jewish tradition, the age for both genders has been equalised at thirteen.