Lifecycle Events

KKBE participates with and assists our members in celebrating all stages of life with a special warmth. Our Rabbis and staff are always accessible for consultation about ritual observance and ceremonial arrangements.

Brit Ceremonies - A Brit Milah (for a boy) or a naming ceremony are special ways for Jewish parents to express their joy and gratitude for a new addition to the family. The Rabbis are available to help parents celebrate these ceremonies.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah - Few things impact a child's Jewish awareness and self-confidence more strongly than leading our congregational family in prayer. Formal Hebrew classes begin in the fourth grade, enabling our young people to gain the knowledge and confidence to celebrate this important life cycle event. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a joyous event for the family as well as our entire congregation as the child starts to take responsibility for his or her own Jewish identity.

Confirmation - In keeping with Reform tradition, our young people are encouraged to take on the moral obligation and dedication to Judaism exemplified by Confirmation. This life cycle event, which is celebrated at the end of tenth grade, is an important milestone in the commitment to lifelong Jewish learning. Students compete for the annual Rosen essay award and nominate one of their classmates for the Triest prize exemplifying Jewish scholarship.

Marriage - The celebration of the beginning of a wedded life together as husband and wife is an intimate, joyful and ceremonial occasion. The Rabbis counsel couples on preparing for their life together and assist couples in shaping the ceremony to express their personal wishes within the framework of a Jewish wedding. As part of the celebration, the couple may be honored at the Shabbat service prior to the wedding with a special blessing (aufruf) in the presence of friends, family and congregants.

Conversion. Those interested in conversion to Judaism are warmly and enthusiastically welcomed into the KKBE family. They attend weekly Introduction to Judaism classes and with approval from the Rabbis, join a weekly discussion group with others seeking to declare a commitment to living a Jewish life.

Death and Mourning. The Jewish tradition is founded on respect for those who have died and on providing comfort to those who are grieving.  Members of our KKBE family are there to comfort, support and provide guidance to those who are bereaved.

Congregants are encouraged to turn to Temple clergy for advice on the practical matters and rituals surrounding the occurrence of death, burial and mourning. Our Rabbis are available to officiate at funeral services for Temple members and their families, and are also available to guide families through the mourning rituals in the days that follow. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim owns two cemeteries. The Coming Street Cemetery, the oldest Jewish burial ground in the South, is now full. Burial in the Huguenin Avenue Cemetery is available to members of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.