FOR YOUR CHILDREN PARTICIPATION IN SYNAGOGUE ACTIVITIES
In Conservative congregations, Judaism is considered to be passed down through the mother. There is no obligation for a child’s mother to become Jewish, but a child can become Jewish through a brief ritual. For the sake of the child, we urge parents not to delay in performing this ritual. Children should be formally welcomed as members of the Jewish People up to a year after enrolling in our religious school or prior to receiving a date for a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, whichever comes first. Please contact Rabbi Shull for more information
Simchat Bat (Rejoicing in the Birth of a Daughter) and Brit Milah (Covenant of Circumcision) - Girls are usually entered into the covenant of the People of Israel and given their Hebrew names during Shabbat morning services in our sanctuary or at home. Boys are entered into the covenant of Abraham at eight days old through a brit milah performed by a mohel at home or in the synagogue.
Early Childhood Program - Our wonderful Early Childhood Program affords you and your child an opportunity to learn about the joys of Jewish living and learning. Combining an excellent secular education with a warm and nurturing Jewish curriculum, our ECP has provided families, for nearly forty years, a great doorway to our synagogue community. The director of ECP, Amy Fingeret, is happy to speak to you about our program.
Religious School - Our outstanding Religious School and youth program emphasize the value of Judaism in all aspects of our lives. We are committed to transmitting a love of Judaism to our children that will last a lifetime. We encourage interfaith couples to enroll their children in our school and participate in our youth programs.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah - Temple Emanuel makes special efforts to include family members in bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies, honoring the commitment and support of parents, grandparents and other family members who are of different faiths but have helped raise Jewish children.