FPS offers the opportunity to celebrate important lifecycle events with the community.

 

Babies

If you are blessed with a baby or a child joining your family, our synagogue has beautiful ceremonies of welcome into the community and the Jewish people, such as thanksgiving after childbirth or the naming of an older child.   Our Rabbi will work with the family to craft the most appropriate ritual for you.

 

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

This is a journey of learning and celebration as our young people become teenagers. We expect our families to play an active role in the life of the synagogue in the two years before the Bar or Bat Mitzvah service. The young person learns with us at Ivriah (our religion school) on Shabbat mornings and we help them achieve Hebrew reading fluency. Once a month there is family learning for the whole class, and there are occasional Friday night dinners and Saturday lunches.  Our young people learn Liberal Jewish values by creating their own Tzedakah (charity) projects. About a year before the ceremony, our Rabbi will recommend a private tutor for preparing the parashah (Torah portion) and service prayers. 

 

Kabbalat Torah

Liberal Judaism is committed to two years’ learning after Bar/Bat Mitzvah, in which the group learns Jewish leadership skills and cements their bond together. We are piloting a scheme to use the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme as the framework for our social justice, volunteering and Jewish leadership skills. The young people celebrate the end of this process with a synagogue service they lead together.

 

Conversion  

Liberal Judaism welcomes those who want to learn and commit to Judaism. Conversion generally takes a year of study alongside attending services. This culminates in an interview with the Liberal Beit Din (three sympathetic rabbis) and visit to the mikveh (ritual bath) to mark a new stage of Jewish life. The curriculum covers Jewish calendar and festivals, life cycle events that build a Jewish life, and important Jewish texts, from the Torah to contemporary Jewish thinking. We equip our conversion students with prayer-book Hebrew and the historical context of Jewish experience through the generations.  Liberal Judaism is careful to honour the background, family and experiences of all those converting. Circumcision for men is encouraged but is not obligatory. Please contact our rabbi if you are interested.  

 

Marriage, Commitment Ceremonies and Mixed Faith Wedding Blessings

Our Rabbi will officiate at marriages in the synagogue or travel with the couple (and chuppah!) to a designated venue. This is a major event in the life of a partnership and Rabbi Rebecca will get to know the couple well in order to create the best ceremony for them. The couple are required to have a full year's synagogue membership (for more information click here). We are proud to offer same sex wedding ceremonies as well. 

Rabbi Rebecca also leads Mixed Faith Wedding Blessings.  

         

Our Synagogue Memorial Garden

End of life

We support the grieving and honour the dead in every way we can. Our rabbi will accompany members and families through the often difficult anticipation of death.  She is the first port of call in case of death, along with Liberal Judaism’s Funeral Directors Michael King.  Please notify Ronnie King, who can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays and Jewish Festivals, on 020 8368 7453 or 07889 465 586. 

 

 

 

 

Something else to celebrate?

Every day is a blessing, but some days are more special than others.  A birthday, passing exams, an engagement, a wedding anniversary, embarking on a lengthy trip, recovering from illness, putting up a mezuzah - FPS would be delighted to celebrate with you.  Contact us with your good news!