Lifecycle and Rituals

Union for Reform Judaism, 2013.

The website of the Union for Reform Judaism provides information on topics such as lifecycle passages. It includes short articles on birth rituals, weddings, kaddish, Jewish funerals, Jewish ritual, and more.


articles; new information about important practices for their Jewish neighbors

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Guide observers through appropriate practices for the Days of Awe (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur) after reading the article on "Preparing for the High Holidays”.
  • Explore the section on Jewish funerals and learn about issues including timing of the service, the order of the service, comforting the mourners, and the hespeid or eulogy.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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