We are blessed with rituals and traditions that can sustain us on life's journey, enriching our celebrations and providing comfort during our times of sorrow.

Here at The Temple-Tifereth Israel, our clergy devote themselves to making personal connections with our members and lending support at the most joyous and the most challenging moments in life. Our rabbis and cantor develop one-to-one relationships with families, children and teens as they prepare for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation; they work with engaged couples and parents who are welcoming a new child; visit those who are ill, both at home and in the hospital; and counsel the bereaved. They also take time to listen and help our members explore the emotional and spiritual impact of life changes.

Coping with parenthood, family life, aging and loss can be stressful, but the synagogue can help us make the most of life's journey and find personal meaning along the way.

Sacred Pilgrimage: A Guide to Jewish Practices on Death and Mourning
© 1996, 2013, Rabbi Richard A. Block

 

Baby Naming

We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn with a ceremony that brings that child into the covenant, and confers upon them a Hebrew name. Our Rabbis can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue. To schedule please contact one of our Rabbis directly by calling (216) 831-3233.

 

Circumcision - Brit Milah

The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eighth day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony welcomes a son into the sacred covenant of Abraham, our ancestor. Our Rabbis can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser), help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel(et).  To schedule please contact one of our Rabbis directly by calling (216) 831-3233.

 

Consecration

We hold a special Consecration ceremony on Simchat Torah for our first graders (and some second graders, too) within the Learning Center.  This is the first year they begin their journey of formal Jewish education. In this way, we send the message that Jewish learning is special. In general, when something is consecrated, it is made sacred, set apart, dedicated or given a new purpose. We believe that through the ritual of Consecration, our youngest students learn that they are beginning a sacred journey, full of wonder, excitement and fun.

Consecration Practice Audio Files:

Left click with a mouse to play these MP3 files.

Hinei Ma Tov   Poem Two Torah Song  Shema
 Poem One  Tree of Life  Poem Four Shehecheyanu
 Aleph Bet  Poem Three  Growing Song  

Would you like to download these files?

You have two ways to download:

1. If you are on a device with a mouse then right click with a mouse on any of these links and then choose "Save link as" to save each MP3 file on by one onto your device.

2. If you are on any device you may click the following link and download any of these MP3 files from our dropbox folder: http://bit.ly/consecrationmp3download

Don't feel comfortable with downloading?  Please contact Rabbi Schlein to request a CD.

 

B'nai Mitzvah

Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. As son or daughter of the commandments, they commit themselves to be proud members of our ancient people.

The words Bar/Bat Mitzvah mean “one who is responsible for religious obligations (mitzvot).” Hence, Jewish adulthood is attained by accepting the responsibilities and obligations of living as a Jew.  We know that preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be an intense and emotional time for families. Please know that we are here to help!

Dates for the ceremony are assigned approximately three years before the child's thirteenth birthday.  A congregational meeting is held based on your child's year of birth to help orient parents.  Additionally, your rabbis and cantor are always available to answer questions.

B'NAI MITZVAH SCHEDULE 

TIMING WHAT FOR WHOM BY WHOM
3 years Scheduling Meeting for B'nai Mitzvah Date Selection
(February)
Parents Clergy
1 year 6th Grade B'nai Workshop
Child Receives Torah Portion
(Early February)
 Parents & Student Clergy & Cantor 
6-9 months  Tutoring Assignments Student  Call from Cantor
3 months  Receipt of letter with rabbinic assignment and rehearsal times  Student  Clergy
   Parents call to Set up Family Meeting  Parents & Student Assigned Clergy 
2.5 weeks  First Rehearsal  Student  Cantor
Week Of Second Rehearsal   Student Clergy

 

 Confirmation

Reform Judaism recognizes that young adults should continue their studies after becoming B'nai Mitzvah. Our teen programs provide a variety of experiences designed to encourage lifelong connections to Judaism. A special class ceremony of Confirmation takes place at the end of the 10th grade year at the holiday of Shavuot.

 

Conversion

If you are considering converting to Judaism, our community provides a supportive and welcoming place for you to make this sacred exploration. The first step toward exploring conversion is to set up a meeting with any one of our clergy. Together, you will make a plan for your course of study and includes individual meetings with a clergy member every month or so, completion of an introduction to Judaism class, regular participation in worship, study, and other programs, and exploring Jewish practices.

Our clergy will be very glad to explore the process with you and help you decide if conversion is the right path for you.

 

Adult B'nai Mitzvah

Bienially, we hold Adult B'nai Mitzvah classes. Please consult with our Clergy by calling (216) 595-2431 to learn more about the program to become a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah.

 

Weddings

Our clergy can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by working with you in designing the ceremony, providing our knowledge and experience. We also counsel you, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship.

Our clergy enjoy working with engaged couples to help create a joyous and personally meaningful Jewish celebration of marriage. (Note: we also enjoy working with married couples who want to renew their vows on a milestone anniversary!)

During your premarital meetings (usually three to five), you will learn the meaning of Jewish wedding customs and traditions; explore opportunities to personalize the service and involve family and friends; discuss the Jewish approach to marriage and talk about issues in your own relationship. Our clergy are available to officiate at Jewish weddings for interfaith couples in certain circumstances, and welcome the opportunity to meet with interfaith couples who would like guidance or counseling as they explore the role Judaism will play in their lives. We look forward to sharing in the joy of your wedding!

 

Funerals

Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals that help to heal a broken heart. Our Clergy will instruct you on the rituals of this time and can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.

When a death occurs in your family, you should contact us at 216-831-3233.  Our local Jewish funeral home is Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz.  They can be reached by phone at 216-932-7900, or through their website by clicking here.

The Temple Cemetery is Mayfield Cemetary located at and is available for Temple members.  You may contact Cemetary Director, Pat Corrigan by phone at 216-321-1733.  Additional information is located on this website by clicking here, or on the Mayfield Cemetery site by clicking here.

Link to Sacred Pilgrimage: A Guide to Jewish Practices on Death and Mourning
© 1996, 2013, Rabbi Richard A. Block

or click here to download this in PDF format

 

Yahrzeit

We tradionally observe yahrzeit on the anniversary of a loved one's death by lighting a candle and reciting the Mourner's Kaddish.  In addition this Temple keeps registeries of the Hebrew dates of members' deaths.  Another tradition is to make a donation in honor of a person's yahrzeit.  If you are interested in making this kind of donation, please click here or contact Suzanne Utley by phone at 216-831-3233, extension 105 or by email at sutley@ttti.org for further donation options.

Sacred Pilgrimage: A Guide to Jewish Practices on Death and Mourning
© 1996, 2013, Rabbi Richard A. Block

 

THE TEMPLE-TIFERETH ISRAEL

Jack and Lilyan Mandel Building

26000 Shaker Boulevard

Beachwood, Ohio 44122-7199

216-831-3233

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