Life Cycle events

We are in the business of celebrating life! Celebrations are held regularly in our Shabbat morning services – baby naming ceremonies, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation from Religion School, upcoming weddings, pretty much any major life transition can be celebrated with a blessing and a kiddush afterwards (or just a blessing!). We like being creative, and we like being informal and spontaneous, so if you want to celebrate anything at all – changing schools, changing jobs, retirement, new grandchildren, graduation from university, just talk to Rabbi Naomi at rabbi.naomi@kolchai.org and we’ll make it happen.

Our Rabbi is also at hand to help with personal life cycle events whatever and wherever they may be, including weddings, mixed faith celebrations, home dedications, home ceremonies for new babies, and of course supporting you in illness and bereavement.

We believe that all life cycle events should be personal and meaningful and whatever the event, wedding, funeral, or anything in between, our Rabbi will work with you to make sure the ceremony reflects you and your life.

We are also in the business of supporting you through hard times, and particularly the major life transition of death and bereavement. Of course we will guide and support you in the process of mourning, but we can also lead shiva prayers for members even if their loved ones are members elsewhere. Our bereavement team are all trained to offer support in the months following a death and you are invited into shul every year to be supported on the anniversary (yahrzeit).