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 is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. 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 Learns.

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