Lifecycle Events

Prayer for Campers

Rabbi Daniel Gropper


Mi shebeirach avoteinu Avraham, Yitzchak, v’Ya’akov, Sara, Rivka Rachel, v’Leah, hu y’varech et hachanichim ha’eleh.

Mi shebeirach avoteinu Avraham, Yitzchak, v’Ya’akov, Sarah, Rivka Rachel, v’Leah, hu y’varech et chanichim haeleh.

May the one who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sara, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah bless all of these campers as they go off to summer camp.

May You guide them in peace.

May their journey this summer be beautiful, filled with shira, song, rikud, dance, omanut, art, simcha, happiness, s'chiya, swimming, ruach, spirit, and chaverut, friendship.

May they give and receive many lanyards and friendship bracelets, hike to the most inspiring places, and stay up late laughing with friends.

May they experience great challenges and succeed in overcoming them and also learn from their struggles.

May they be partners in creating a kehillah kedosha, a sacred community of love and friendship and learning.

And may they return to this community, changed for the better while very much the same—bringing with them new rituals, songs and prayers.

V’yachazikeim v’yadricheim b’orach Torah u’v’ma’asim tovim.

May You help them grow in mind and heart, drawing them closer to You and to a life of Torah and ma’asim tovim, good deeds.

And let us say, "Amen."

For a Wedding Anniversary


"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." God of all generations, we give thanks for the blessings that have graced our marriage, and we look back upon the day of our union with thankfulness. So may this joy be with us always: our way of life, loving and good, as we help each other bear burdens and as we share our joys.

Give us, O God, a peaceful dwelling where contentment and love find a resting place. May we maintain a home in which glows the light of faith, one that honors our membership in the House of Israel, our people.

O God, grant that we may grow old together in health, and live in gratitude for our marriage. Amen.

At the End of the Mourning Period


Lo yavo ode shimshaech  v'yir'achech lo yae'a'saef;  kee Adonai yiyeh lach l'or olam,  v'shalmu y'mei ev'laech.

Lo yavo ode shimshaech

v'yir'achech lo yae'a'saef;

kee Adonai yiyeh lach l'or olam,

v'shalmu y'mei ev'laech.

Your sun will not go down again,

your moon will not depart;

for Adonai will be your light for ever,

and your days of mourning ended.

[Isaiah 60:20]

God of spirit and flesh, we/I have turned to You for comfort in these days of grief. When the cup of sorrow passed into our/my hands, Your Presence was with us/me. Now we/I rise up to face the tasks of life once more. There will be moments of woe and loneliness. May the continued sense of Your Presence be for us/me a source of comfort, and let the pain of our/my loss subside. May the memory of our/my loved one be more and more a cause of joy and gratitude. Teach us/me, O God, to give thanks for all that was deathless in the life or our/my dear companion and friend, and which now is revealed to us/me more clearly in all its beauty.

For the ties of love that death cannot sever; for the friendship we shared along life's path; for those gifts of heart and mind which have now become a precious heritage--for all this and more, we are/I am grateful. Now help us/me, O compassionate God, not to dwell on sorrow and pain; help us/me, instead, to find within our hearts/my heart the courage to return to the tasks of life, and its joys. Amen.

On Returning Home after a Funeral


In Jewish tradition, a mourner is identified as being a child, spouse, sibling, or parent of the deceased. Others, however, may also wish to use the following prayers.

Out of the depths I cry to You, Adonai;

hear my supplication.

A heavy burden has fallen upon us and sorrow has bowed our heads. And now we turn to You, the Source of life, for comfort and help. Give us the eyes to see that pain is not Your will, that somewhere there weeps with us One who feels our trouble and knows the suffering of our souls. We seek the light that will dispel the darkness that has overtaken us. Let us find it in the love of family and friends, in the sources of healing that are implanted within all the living, in the mind that conquers infirmity and trouble. Grant us the strength to endure what is inescapable, the wisdom to accept what cannot be undone, and the courage to go on without bitterness or despair. Amen.

Ner l'ragli d'varecha, v'or lin'tivati.
B'or'cha nireh or.

Your word, O God, is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path.

By Your light shall we see light.

[Psalms 119:105, 36:10]



[The memorial light is kindled.]

Ner Adonai nishmat adam.

Your light, Adonai, burns in the human soul.

Baruch atah, Adonai,
notei-a b'
tocheinu chayei olam.

Praise to You, Adonai, who plants within us eternal life.

Hanging a Mezuzah

Blessing when hanging Mezuzah


The mezuzah is raised.

This ancient symbol speaks to us of our need to live by the words of Adonai. We affix the mezuzah to the doorposts of this house with the hope that it will always remind us of our duties to one another as members of the Household of Israel. May the divine spirit fill this house--the spirit of love and kindness and consideration for all people.

Baruch atah, Adonai
Eloheinu, Melech haolam,
asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav
v'tzivanu likboa m'zuzah.

Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe,
who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to affix the mezuzah.

[The mezuzah, its top inclining inward, is then affixed to the upper part of the doorpost on the right, as one enters the house. If desired, a mezuzah may be affixed to the right doorpost of the principal rooms.]

Conclude by reciting the Shehecheyanu (blessing of praise).

Mourner's Kaddish



This ancient prayer has been on the lips of Jewish mourners around the world for centuries.

Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'mei raba.  B'alma di v'ra chirutei,  v'yamlich malchutei,  b'chayeichon uv'yomeichon  uv'chayei d'chol beit Yisrael,  baagala uviz'man kariv. V'im'ru: Amen.

Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'mei raba.
B'alma di v'ra chirutei,
v'yamlich malchutei,
b'chayeichon uv'yomeichon
uv'chayei d'chol beit Yisrael,
baagala uviz'man kariv. V'im'ru: Amen.

Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varach
l'alam ul'almei almaya.

Yitbarach v'yishtabach v'yitpaar
v'yitromam v'yitnasei,
v'yit'hadar v'yitaleh v'yit'halal
sh'mei d'kud'sha b'rich hu,
l'eila min kol birchata v'shirata,
tushb'chata v'nechemata,
daamiran b'alma. V'imru: Amen.

Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya,
v'chayim aleinu v'al kol Yisrael.
V'imru: Amen.

Oseh shalom bimromav,
Hu yaaseh shalom aleinu,
v'al kol Yisrael. V'imru: Amen.

Exalted and hallowed be God's great name
in the world which God created, according to plan.
May God's majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime
and the life of all Israel -- speedily, imminently, to which we say Amen.

Blessed be God's great name to all eternity.

Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded
be the name of the Holy Blessed One, beyond all earthly words and songs of blessing,
praise, and comfort. To which we say Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and all Israel,
to which we say Amen.

May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel.
To which we say Amen.

Upon Retirement


As I look back over the years that have gone, I ask to see life as a continuum from youth to age: What lies before me now? I look ahead not knowing what will be given me to see. Sustain me, Adonai, Fountain of Life, with faith that the best is yet to be, for opportunities now await me. There is blessing that only the maturity of age can bring; there is a ripeness that experience alone can yield. May I find the sweetness of that joy that is reserved for those who serve others through the counsel and guidance learned in the school of life. Out of the lessons drawn from disappointment and success alike, may I be able to help them to discover value in life's struggles, and find joys and triumphs that endure.

Now I have precious time to give to those I love, to family and friends. I pray for insight and a warm heart: let me be with them when they need me, let me respond when they call to me. And let me use my leisure to explore new worlds of thought and feeling, or to rediscover old ones. Now I can study my heritage of Torah, savor the beauties of nature and art, find new meaning and inspiration in the book of life. Let the passage of time continually deepen within me the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and reverance for life.

And let me never lose that sense of wonder that stirs within me in the presence of Your creation and that beckons me to greet each day with zest and eager welcome. Thus will my life be renewed and blessed, and thus will I bring blessing to many in the years to come. Amen.

On the Birth or Adoption of a Child


You may select either of the two versions.


Source of all life, our hearts are filled with joy for the child that has been entrusted to us. May we be thankful always and speak our thanks not with words alone, but with the love, understanding, and tender care with which we hope to raise our child.

Be gracious to our child, that he/she may grow in strength of body, mind, and spirit. May he/she learn to love all that is good and beautiful and true, and so live a life of blessing.

May our child find his/her way in the paths of Torah and good deeds as a loyal member of his/her people. Give us, O God, the wisdom, courage, and faith that we as parents will need to help our child become a strong, confident, and loving person. Amen.

Recite the Shehecheyanu (blessing of praise).


How small you are, our child, and how beautiful! You grasp our fingers; we hold you close. Let our arms be your loving cradle; our whispered prayer, your lullaby.

Our hearts overflow with joy and we give thanks:

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu,

Melech haolam,

she-asah lanu neis bamakom hazeh.

Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, for the wonder we have experienced.

By Those Seeking to Adopt a Child


God of mercy, we come before You, seeking to embrace a new life, to love and nurture a child. We wish to give of our hearts and to experience the gifts and responsibilities of parenthood.

O God, give us the fortitude and patience we need at this hour and in the days and weeks to come. Help us to wait in trust that somewhere in the world, our child awaits us.

God of mercy, in mercy hear our prayer and bless us with a child.

During Pregnancy


A prayer for prospective parents.

God of all generations, You have blessed our life with companionship and mutual love. For all Your past gifts we are thankful; now our hearts are full, in this time of expectant hope.

We await the birth of a new life, and You are with us. As a parent holds the hand of a child, so now make our spirits serene. Let us wait in confidence and calm, with hearts unafraid. Let our child be born to health and happiness. Help us to be worthy parents, and bless us with a long life nourished and sustained by the sweetness of family love. Amen.


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