Birth

Mazel Tov! It's a Boy!

A brit milah (bris, or circumcision) is the ritual through which a Jewish baby boy enters the covenant of the Jewish people. It should take place on the eighth day of the boy’s life, unless there are medical reasons for postponing. It is traditionally performed following the morning service.

After you have contacted and arranged your Mohel, contact Ellen in the synagogue office at (647) 873-1236, to arrange the venue and the seudah mitzvah (commanded meal) that follows. If there are less than 50 people attending, you can sponsor the morning minyan or Shabbat congregational Kiddush with our in-house caterer, or you can arrange for a larger group or catered lunch by Uptown Gourmet Catering. We are pleased to offer special incentives for prospective members who are having their son’s bris at Beth Sholom.

The ceremony of Pidyon Ha-Ben applies to the son of parents who are neither Kohen nor Levi, and when the baby is the mother’s first conception and born by vaginal delivery. The boy is redeemed on the 31st day of birth unless that day falls on a Shabbat or festival, in which case it is postponed one day.To determine if a Pidyon Ha-Ben is required, please contact a member of our clergy immediately after the brit milah. The synagogue would be happy to assist in this wonderful observance.

Mazel Tov! It's a Girl!

A baby naming ceremony is a joyous event when the community welcomes a Jewish daughter into the community of Israel. A baby naming may take place during any Torah reading service — typically on Monday, Thursday, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and Jewish holidays. At Beth Sholom, only members may have their baby naming on Shabbat and holidays; non-members may have their baby naming on weekday mornings.

Contact Ellen at (647) 873-1236, to arrange the venue and the seudah mitzvah (commanded meal) that follows. If there are less than 50 people attending, you can sponsor the morning minyan or Shabbat congregational Kiddush with our in-house caterer, or you can arrange for a larger group or catered lunch by Uptown Gourmet Catering. We are pleased to offer special incentives for prospective members who are having their daughter's baby naming at Beth Sholom. 

From Rabbi Flanzraich

The birth of a child has always been a cause for celebration in Judaism. Learn more about the traditions surrounding the Brit Milah, Simhat Bat and Pidyon HaBen.
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Approved Mohels

Beth Sholom maintains a list of approved Mohel's in the GTA. Please contact and arrange a Mohel before arranging your sedudah Mitzvah at Beth Sholom. 
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Seudah Mitzvah

We're here to ensure your simhah is a beautiful and memorable event. Contact Ellen in the synagogue office at (647) 873-1236 to inquire about our facility, catering and rental policies. 
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Bulletin Announcement

We love to share the celebrations of our members in the Bulletin. To announce the birth of your child or grandchild, please give us the details!
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