other life rituals
bar/bat mitzvah training
I enjoy working with adolescents as they prepare to take on the responsibilities of being Jewish adults in the modern world. I also enjoy working with adults looking to ritualize a deeper connection to their Jewish identity through a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony.
funerals & memorial services
The rabbis ask: How is the life of each person like the Torah? And they answer: Because, just like with the Torah, the life of each person has something unique to teach the world. On the occasion of the death of a loved one, sudden or after an illness, I provide the comfort of ritual and tradition to the immediate circle of friends and family. This begins with a gathering to reflect on the life of the deceased, and the planning of a service that will honor the lessons learned from his/her example.
spiritual counseling & mikveh rituals
It is a sacred endeavor to discuss theology and personal spirituality- to understand each individual’s journey of where they have been and where they might like to go. I offer perspective, support, alternative points of view and challenge as appropriate, listening carefully to those who share their experiences with me. Sometimes, a mikveh ceremony can mark significant spiritual moments of change in a person’s life, like marriage, divorce, illness, conversion, and other significant events. I work with individuals to map a path of spiritual growth and transformation.
illness & healing
Jewish tradition recognizes that illness can be isolating, and so encourages members of the community to visit and offer prayers on the behalf of those who need healing of body or spirit. Those who care for the ill, too, require support. Spiritual care takes on many different forms, from bedside visits, to artistic expressions, to meditation and the recitation of prayer, to musical uplift. I help those in need identify what would be most fortifying, and provide comfort in these tender times of need.
baby namings & adoption ceremonies
Officially welcoming a new child into the community calls for a joyous celebration. I create ceremonies that sanctify the child’s Jewish name, and that recognizes the honored circle of family and friends with ample opportunity for communal participation. Blessings abound.