Life Cycle Events
The Temple Sinai community is here to celebrate and support all significant life cycle events.
We welcome new babies into the covenant with a naming ceremony, known as a brit. For boys, a brit milah or circumcision can take place on the eighth day. If the parents choose not to circumcise their son, it is possible to have a brit shalom to welcome a baby boy into the covenant. For girls, a brit bat can be held to formally welcome her into the covenant and our community. Please contact our Rabbi if you are interest in a naming ceremony or brit for your baby.
In Progressive Judaism, all children become B'nei Mitzvah age at 13. In preparation, students enrol in the B'nei Mitzvah class through our Beit Midrash programme and also work with the Rabbi to study their parashah and write a drash.
It's possible to celebrate one's B'nei Mitzvah at any age. We welcome those who never had a chance to mark their B'nei Mitzvah when younger, and are considering marking this milestone as an adult.
Please contact our Rabbi if you are interested in B'nei Mitzvah for either your child or yourself!
At Temple Sinai we offer weddings for all Jewish couples. The sheer joy that a wedding brings to the congregation ensures that each marriage celebrated at the Temple is a splendid and memorable event. We are LGBTQ+ friendly and both our Rabbi and Community Celebrants can officiate for Jewish LGBTQ+ couples. Our Community Celebrants are available to officiate for inter-faith couples. Please contact our Rabbi for further information.
Death and Mourning
We offer support and guidance to members facing end of life, death and bereavement. The congregation has arrangements with the Lychgate Funeral Home and there is a Progressive Jewish section at the Makara Cemetery for burials.
Through traditional Jewish approaches to mourning and observation of shiva and shloshim, congregants find strength and comfort from Jewish tradition together with the support of the Temple family. Please contact our Rabbi or the office if you are in need of support.
The Progressive Chevra Kaddisha can be contacted through the Temple Sinai office on 04 385 0720.