Life Cycle

Lifecycle Events During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Funerals
– Burial is allowed, and should still happen as quickly as possible after a death.
– Graveside funerals are now permitted, with masks, social distancing, and limits on gathering size
– Memorial services and shiva minyanim will be held virtually.

Unveilings
Unveilings are now permitted, with masks, social distancing, and limits on gathering size.

Weddings
Most weddings will be postponed until further notice. Private weddings with only the couple, a rabbi, and two witnesses present remain a possibility.

B’nai Mitzvah
We’re working with each b’nai mitzvah family individually to work out appropriate solutions.

Brit Milah
Brit Milah should still be performed on the 8th day, with only immediate family and the mohel present. Others may join virtually, or a larger in-person celebration may be held later (postponed until further notice).

Simchat Bat
A ceremony and celebration may be held virtually or postponed until further notice.


One powerful aspect of congregational life is the sense of community we feel when we share rites of passage with each other. At Congregation Beth Shalom we strive to create a spiritually rich context for these passages. The information that follows will help you plan your events.

Please notify the office about births and simchahs in your family. The Beth Shalom Mitzvah Corps is ready to help families in times of joy and in times of sadness. If you have questions about lifecycle events or how to get involved in supporting members in need, please contact our Lifecycle Coordinator.

  • For information regarding renting facilities, catering meals, or planning special occasions at Beth Shalom, see our Rental page or contact our Lifecycle Coordinator.
  • For information about Life and Legacy and Planned Giving, see our Life and Legacy page.

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