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When our Clergy are there with you during a lifecycle event you will receive a personal touch and a meaningful moment for you and your family.  They will be there for you before, during and after the life cycle event. Each Baby naming or wedding is personalized and brings in the whole family. Every funeral or unveiling reflects the beauty and comfort that comes from our Jewish tradition. Being part of a congregational family means celebrations are elevated and difficult times are made more bearable.

To schedule an appointment with Rabbi Engel please contact Clergy Assistant, Annie Hernandez, or 407-645-0444


Birth ceremonies do not so much establish the Jewish identity of the child as assert the Jewish commitment of the parents. These milestone moments invoke the support of the Congregation in helping parents raise a youngster who will be a vibrant part of our spiritual community.


Congregants are welcome to present their child of any age before the Congregation at a Friday night service for a formal public naming ceremony. We personalize each ceremony, as every individual is unique and special.

Parents are welcome to consult with Rabbi Engel on the selection of an appropriate Hebrew name for a child whenever this information is required, either pending a birth or any time thereafter.

Circumcision (B’rit Mila)

Members and non-members are welcome to consult with Rabbi Israel J. Barzak, Florida Mohel Specialist, on the facts about ritual circumcision and to schedule the B’rit Mila (especially when there is reason to postpone beyond the eighth day).  Contact Rabbi Barzak


Members of the Congregation may invite Rabbi Engel to officiate (or co-officiate) at their Jewish wedding ceremonies, in a venue selected by the celebrants and their families (subject to the Clergy availability).

Speaking of Weddings, Note That . . .

  • It is appropriate to notify the congregation when a member of your family becomes engaged, so we can have the opportunity to extend our congratulations and to make your happiness known to the CRJ Family.
  • It is important to consult with Clergy before scheduling a wedding, for information about their availability and questions of the Jewish calendar.


Everyone in the community is invited to come to the bima in the course of our monthly first-Friday “Celebration Shabbat” to receive the Congregation’s congratulatory blessings on the occasion of their wedding anniversary.


Everyone in the community is welcome to consult with Rabbi Engel for information about giyur (conversion) or to undertake a course of study leading to formal entry into the Jewish faith community.

When a candidate for conversion is married or engaged to a Jew, it is appropriate for the Jewish fiancé/e or spouse to serve as mentor and spirit-guide by participating as fully as possible in study and worship, and by affiliating with the Congregation.


Members’ children who are near their 13th birthday (by either the Jewish or civil calendar), and who have completed the requisite educational requirements, may present themselves to the Congregation as B’nai Mitzvah at services on an assigned Shabbat. Read more about CRJ’s B’nai Mitzvah program

Death and Funeral

Members of the Congregation impacted by the catastrophic illness and possibly impending death of a parent, sibling, child or spouse may call upon CRJ Clergy or the Hospital Team for visitation in the hospital, hospice, or nursing home, and to administer vidu’i sh’chiv mei-ra(deathbed prayer). When impacted by the death of a parent, sibling, child or spouse, Rabbi Engel will help our members help plan for, and to officiate at, funeral or memorial services.

Shiv’a (first week of grieving)

CRJ members offer support in conducting in-home memorial services daily during the initial week following the burial of a parent, sibling, child or spouse. Everyone in the community who is in mourning may join us for the minyan or at a Friday evening or Shabbat morning worship. We are happy to share a spiritual hug and include the name of the departed family member or friend in that week’s Kaddish listing.

Sh’loshim (first month of grieving)

Members of the Congregation and non-members in the community who are in mourning are welcome to attend Friday evening and/or Shabbat morning worship services for the full year, until the first yahrzeit. Those who cannot come every Shabbat should pick a regular schedule (e.g., the second Shabbat of the month).


Members of the Congregation may call upon the CRJ Clergy to conduct a ceremony dedicating the gravestone of a loved one at any time after the first month of bereavement, or to create a ceremony when family members choose to conduct their own observance.


Everyone in the community is welcome to memorialize their loved ones by sponsoring a tribute page in each year’s Congregational “Yizkor” book and/or a permanent memorial plaque in the Sanctuary. For more information contact Julie Begani, or 407-645-0444.

To schedule an appointment with eRabbi Engel please contact Clergy Assistant, Annie Hernandez, or 407-645-0444

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