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.
When a member of Sinai passes away, the bereaved family should first call the undertakers (currently Louis Burton at Burton & Burton, 0113 2695552 or 07050 198108) and then the Sinai office (0113 2665256).
(If the office is closed, you will hear a message enabling you to leave a message for the rabbi and giving appropriate phone numbers.)
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.
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.