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Kol Rinah Ritual Life

People of all faiths are welcome to participate in Jewish ritual life in our community. Please see the Ritual Policies we have put in place regarding specific events and practices such as B'nai Mitzvah, weddings, etc.  
 
Please contact Rabbi Arnow (rabbiarnow@kolrinahstl.org) or Rabbi Shafrin (rabbishafrin@kolrinahstl.org) to talk more about your lifecycle needs.
 

Birth Rituals (Brit Milah, Baby Namings)

Our rabbis and staff are thrilled to be able to welcome new little lives into our community. We aim to provide a comfortable space both physically, emotionally, and spiritually, for parents to welcome their new additions into their family and into the Jewish people. By explaining and personalizing ancient rituals, as well as helping to create space for family traditions and new ritual pieces, we want to make you, as well as the newest member of your family, feel safe and welcomed.
 

Preparing for a B'nai Mitzvah

Our synagogue has been building a partnership with Moving Traditions (www.movingtraditions.org) to pioneer a new and exciting approach to preparing our families and students of every gender identity, background, and family tradition for the b'nai mitzvah in a way that connects Jewish wisdom to the interpersonal and social elements of this coming-of-age ritual.  
 
Through this partnership program, we will be educating families together in a cohort looking at new ways to approach becoming and raising a Jewish teen. Our goals are to look at Jewish identity, our sense of self and family, and our relationship with our Jewish community and the world in new ways. We want to provide a space for teens to develop and express their authentic selves and to know that their identities are unique, beautiful, and powerfully honored within our community. 
 
Through games, activities and discussion, the Moving Traditions’ sessions—created by rabbis and social workers—will help parents and pre-teens explore what it means to to celebrate during a pandemic, to be the center of attention during a life cycle ritual, to navigate expectations from friends and family, to find Jewish meaning in the ceremony, as well as exploring other social-emotional challenges and joys associated with the b’nai mitzvah. 
 

Weddings

Bringing community into a simcha (joyous occasion) can add new depth and meaning to our own celebrations. Our beautiful new Maryland Avenue building is a fantastic space for both a wedding ceremony and a reception, and our staff and volunteers go above and beyond to make every occasion a sacred and meaningful experience for participants, families, and the whole community.
 

Funerals/Mourning

Losing a loved one can be a trying time filled with unforeseen difficulties, emotions, and logistics. We see it as core to our mission as a sacred community to comfort those in need of care, to help people and families process their grief, and to plan the next steps forward as we honor all those whose lives have come to a close.
Mon, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783