TEMPLE B'NAI ISRAEL
The Reform Congregation of Kalamazoo
LIFE CYCLE EVENTS
Birth and Adoption
Are you welcoming a new baby or child into your family? Judaism has many ways of celebrating new family members such as: bestowing a Hebrew name, public blessing, mikvah (ritual bath), and others. Our rabbi will be there to help you and your family celebrate these ceremonies and give your child a joyous welcome into the community!
Every Shabbat we read the names of those in our community and their loved ones who are ill or recovering their health (body, mind or spirit). To add a name to our healing list or for more information, please contact our rabbi or
any member of the Caring Circle Committee.
Our Caring Committee reaches out to our congregation in times of illness and following the death of loved ones.
Funeral, Death, and Dying
When sorrow comes, our rabbi and/or synagogue associate can guide you — in a loving, meaningful, and supportive way — through what must be done. Our rabbi and/or synagogue associate can also help with arrangements for the cemetery and funeral as well as guide you and your family through the Jewish ritual of death. TBI is home to the Kalamazoo Hevrah Kadisha (burial society).
Following the funeral, our rabbi and/or synagogue associate will be honored to lead Shiva minyan (mourning services) for the family as well.
If you are interested in purchasing a plot in our cemetery,
please email us below.
Memorial plaques offer a lasting remembrance to honor loved ones who have passed away. Names on the memorial plaques are lit annually on the Yahrzeit (anniversary date) of the individual’s death, as well as during Yizkor (memorial) service on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
If you are interested in purchasing a plaque, please reach out to the
Office via phone or email.