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Jewish life is marked by numerous occasions. The Life Cycle section explores the special ceremonies and celebrations that mark important stages in a Jewish person's life as he or she journeys from birth to death.


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Bereavement support groups honor the dignity of the deceased and provide compassion and support of the living.


The Jewish traditions related to death and mourning are intended to recognize death as a part of life. Funeral homes provide traditional and alternative funeral and burial arrangement and pre-need counseling.

Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society)

Chevra Kadisha is a volunteer group of men/women who see to it that the bodies of Jews are prepared for burial according to Halacha (Jewish law) and are protected from desecration, willful or not, until burial.

Brit Milah (Circumcision)

The ritual of Brit Milah (circumcision) is usually performed on the eighth day of a male baby's life to symbolize the covenant between G-d and the people of Israel.


Jewish genealogy is a fascinating way to unlock family mysteries and find out information about your family's ancestry.



A ritual pool of fresh "living" water, the mikvah is used for both physical and spiritual purification.

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