Life Cycle

BIRTH/BRIT/NAMING

BTS is a wonderful place to celebrate your child or grandchild’s birth or adoption and welcome him or her into the Jewish community! We are delighted to help you capture the joy and spiritual significance of this moment, and Rabbi Cantor is available to help you plan your family’s ceremony. Contact our office and speak with her to begin the conversation!

BAR/BAT MITZVAH

Yes…your child or grandchild can become a bar or bat mitzvah at BTS! The process of becoming a Jewish young adult should be joyful and meaningful, not fraught with pressure and anxiety. Rabbi Cantor and our recommended tutors are happy to work with BTS member families whose children are reaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah age to create a warm, memorable experience. The rabbi develops a special, supportive relationship with each child and tutors can accommodate children with a range of special needs.

CONVERTING TO JUDAISM

BTS welcomes those curious about Judaism to explore our community, and to feel embraced as they make their journey towards becoming a Jew. Conversion to Judaism requires serious study, active participation in Jewish holiday and lifecycle events, and, finally, a ritual moment of acceptance and affirmation. Rabbi Cantor encourages all those who may be interested in learning more about Judaism to enroll in the “Introduction to Basic Judaism” course, co-taught by Rabbi Cantor and her colleagues. This year’s class begins in Fall 2017 and will meet at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford. For more information, or to register, contact Rabbi Richard Plavin: riplavin@gmail.com (860)573-4503 or visit the Institute of Basic Judaism website: www.ibjewish.org

MARRIAGE AND COMMITMENT

A Jewish wedding is a moment of deep connection and communal joy. BTS is a beautiful place to celebrate your commitment ceremony or wedding. Please contact the office and Rabbi Cantor to begin the conversation!

ILLNESS AND HEALING

Illness is a part of every human life. At BTS, we seek to support you and your family through difficult times. Our caring committee reaches out to those affected by illness and loss. Please call the office to let us know if someone is ill or in the hospital. We are always happy to add your name or a loved one’s name to our Mi Shebeyrach healing prayer list, which we recite each Shabbat morning. Below is this traditional Jewish prayer for healing, along with some helpful links.

DEATH AND MOURNING

The end of life is marked by traditional Jewish rituals which honor the life of the deceased while providing comfort to those who mourn. These include: reciting the Shema, tearing a black ribbon or piece of clothing, caring for the deceased’s body in a dignified manner, burial, sitting shiva and reciting Kaddish. At a time of loss, we seek to be surrounded by a loving community and guided in a knowledgeable and supportive manner. Rabbi Cantor is available to BTS members and their families whenever the need arises.

In case of a death (or imminent death), please contact the BTS office at (860)243-3576 or Rabbi Cantor directly at 860-463-0986. When Rabbi Cantor is away, there is always someone on call for her, and there is an emergency number given on the synagogue answering machine.

Arrangements for cemetery plots are handled by BTS member, Judith Bramson. She can be reached directly at (860)573-3798.

BTS operates two cemeteries. The one on 401 Tower Avenue in Hartford is completely full. There are cemetery plots available in the BTS Cemetery in Windsor (10 Clubhouse Road).

Rabbi Cantor also serves as rabbinic advisor for the Congregation B’nai Sholom Cemetery (1361 Berlin Turnpike) in Wethersfield. The CBS Cemetery offers plots for Jews and their family members of other faiths who wish to be buried with at their side in a Jewish cemetery. Arrangements for plots at this cemetery may be made by contacting Roy Goldstein directly at (860)666-6992, royegoldstein@gmail.com.

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