Life Cycle Events


Rabbi Yael Romer is a pioneering leader in inclusive Judaism. She officiated her first same-sex wedding over 35 years ago (while in rabbinical school), and has continued to embrace and champion LGBTQ inclusivity ever since. Rabbi Romer's outreach, warmth, and innovation have helped create a congregation that embraces diversity. Congregation Emanuel welcomes LGBTQ individuals and families into our membership, including all life cycles events.


Brit Milah/Circumcision and Simchat Bat/Baby Naming

We celebrate the great blessing of our newborn children with a ceremony that brings the child into the covenant and confers upon the child a Hebrew name. The Rabbi can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue, on a Shabbat, or any day the Torah is read (Festivals and holidays). The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eighth day of their new lives, and many parents of girls chose to hold the Simchat Bat on this day as well. Rabbi Yael Romer can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser), help the parents understand and co-create the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel.


B'nai Mitzvah

B'nai Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning about responsibility to their family, people, community, and faith to becoming responsible. As a child of the commandments, you commit yourself to be proud membership in our ancient people while embracing Tikkun Olam- our responsibility to create justing in healing in the world. Please review our educational resources for information about B'nai Mitzvah preparation.



The Rabbi can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by empowering the couple to create a meaningful ceremony. This includes the Ketubah (marriage document), Kiddushin (Engagement), Huppah (Marriage Canopy), Nissuin (marriage ceremony), and so much more.  Rabbi Romer provides counsel, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. The Rabbi will work with individual couples to design the ceremony, providing her knowledge and experience while respecting your unique path.



Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – Kriah (tearing of a garment), Levayah (funeral procession), Hesped (eulogy), Kevurah (burial), and Shivah (seven days of mourning). The Rabbi will instruct you on these and other rituals.  We can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.


Sponsoring a Kiddush

Whether you are interested in Sponsoring a basic Kiddush or a full Kiddush luncheon, our staff can assist you with all the preparations! Please contact the office for more information!