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Life Cycle

Baby Blessing

“May the Eternal bless you and keep you.” (Numbers 6:24)

Mazal tov, you have a new baby. We can offer a lovely and warm blessing for your baby boy or girl in our sanctuary on Shabbat morning. This is an opportunity to invite family and friends to join you and the rest of the community as we give your child our blessing, their Hebrew name and a certificate. Baby blessings can take place any time after birth and we recommend that it should be at about 4-6 months after birth.

Please contact our Rabbi if you wish to discuss dates and the content of the ritual.


B'Nei Mitzvah

“I give thanks for what I have learned of my Jewish heritage.” (the prayerbook)

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah is a very important step and a transition point for a child in our community. Preparations for the occasion start some time before the child joins our Religion School. We expect children to have a reasonable knowledge of both Judaism and Hebrew by the time the family starts planning for the occasion. The Bar Mitzvah process is discussed with the Rabbi about two years prior to the happy occasion and a date is fixed in consultation with the Rabbi. Both boys and girls must be 13 (according to the Jewish calendar) prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.

About six months prior to the Bar Mitzvah date the children are given a pack containing everything they need to prepare for the big day. This includes their Torah and Haftarah portions and the various prayers and blessings for the day. One of our experienced teachers will be allocated to each of the children and meetings are fixed for the next few months. Some children may require longer than 6 months to prepare. There is a one-off fee to cover tuition and other Bar Mitzvah expenses.

To discuss Bar or Bat Mitzvah please contact our Rabbi.


Kabbalat Torah

“We stand before You and our community to reaffirm our commitment to Judaism.” (the prayerbook)

We consider the Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony a preparation for Kabbalat Torah , a more significant event in the lifetime of a Liberal Jew. Kabbalat Torah literally means the receiving of Torah. It is conducted once a year normally during Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot – the Sabbath between the first and last day of the festival of Sukkot. The responsibility for the service lies on the shoulders of the Kabbalat Torah class. They design it as they wish, choose a theme and divide the task between them. A special booklet is produced for the occasion and family and friends and the rest of the community join a lovely, spiritual and creative service led by our young and dynamic Kabbalat Torah class.


Marriage

“The voice of joy and gladness, the voice of bridegroom and bride”. (Jeremiah 33:11)

Marriage is yet another significant milestone in the life of a Jew. We recommend that you contact our Rabbi as soon as you make the happy decision to have a Jewish wedding and before you fix a date. The Rabbi will discuss with you the various options for the chupah (marriage ceremony), the liturgy, the music, the choir and any other requirements you may have. Our wedding registrar will talk to you about the legal and practical aspect of your wedding day.
The chupah ceremony will be based on the standard wedding service of Liberal Judsaim and any additions agreed between you and the Rabbi. We recognise that every couple would wish to make the event unique for them and the rabbi will work with the couple on the design of the service.

We are looking forward to helping you and sharing with you your happy day.


Bereavement

“The Eternal has given and The Eternal has taken away.” (Job 1:21)

Full members automatically join our burial scheme. In the unfortunate event of death in the family the first point of call should be Ronnie King, our funeral director (020 8368 7453). They will help and guide you through the technicalities of registering the death and funeral arrangements. The second point of call is our Rabbi (020 8886 0050). He will guide you through the bereavement process, the order of the service, arrangement for shiva prayers and preparing a hesped (eulogy).


Shiva Prayers

Prayers in the house of mourning, usually take place in the evening.

The evening service is recited, followed by memorial service and the traditional Kaddish. There is another opportunity for a family member or a friend to give a short eulogy or share memories of the deceased.


Conversion

“Your people shall be my people.” (Ruth 1:16)

The decision to convert to Judaism is never a light one. Different people have different reasons for conversion and different converts will experience different journeys into Judaism.

You are welcome to have an initial conversation with our Rabbi if you are thinking about or interested in conversion. Following the initial meeting you will be required to formally register your interest with Liberal Judaism and start our Access to Judaism Course on Sunday morning. There you will learn about different aspects of Judaism and basic Hebrew. You will be invited to join our Shabbat and festival services and encouraged to take part in our community events. Towards the end of the process you will compose two short essays, one titled ‘What does Judaism mean to me?’ and a second one of your choice.

Once all your study has been completed, essays written and all requirements are met, you will be invited to attend a Beit Din (Rabbinic court) session where three of our Rabbis will ask you about your conversion process and welcome you to Liberal Judaism. Following the Beit Din you will pay a visit to the Mikveh (ritual bath) and will finally be awarded your conversion certificate in the presence of family and friends and the rest of the congregation.

Please contact our Rabbi should you wish to learn more about the conversion process.


Brit Milah

“You and your descendants shall keep My covenant.” (Genesis 17:10)

Should you require one of our Progressive Mohalim (ritual circumcisers), our Mohalim are trained doctors. Please contact the SPS office (020 8886 0977) should you wish to contact a Mohel.

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Southgate Progressive Synagogue • 75 Chase Road, London, N14 4QY • Tel: 020 8886 0977 • Email: office@sps.uk.com