Jewish ritual embraces us at key moments, moments of transition that mark both an ending and a new beginning: A child’s birth, a son or daughter’s bar or bat mitzvah, a couple’s marriage, one’s conversion to Judaism, a member’s passing. Celebration and recognition of life cycle events enrich worship, allow for individual religious expression, and strengthen the bonds of community. These events draw us closer dor l’dor, between the generations.
We encourage our members to call on the services of our clergy for all life cycle events.
Brit Milah or Simhat Bat
Bar or Bat Mitzvah
Death, Burial, Mourning, and Unveiling
Brit Milah or Simhat Bat
A brit milah (“covenant of circumcision” for a boy) and a simhat bat (celebrating the “joy of a daughter”) are special ways for Jewish parents to express their gratitude and celebrate the new addition of a child to their family. The clergy at Chizuk Amuno are available to advise families on these ceremonies, which mark the bringing of sons or daughters into the covenant of the Jewish people.
Bar or Bat Mitzvah
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is actually the celebration of a beginning, as the child starts to take responsibility for his or her own Jewish identity. Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations take place within the three Jewish contexts of family, Jewish community, and the synagogue service. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a joyous event for the family as well as for our entire congregation.
Parents of bar/bat mitzvah students must be members of Chizuk Amuno at least three years before their child’s bar or bat mitzvah. The student must have completed at least six years of religious education and be currently enrolled in a formal program of religious instruction. Our goal is to help our children grow into their awareness of the obligations and privileges of belonging to the adult Jewish community.
The Jewish tradition is founded on respect for those who have died and on providing comfort to those who are grieving. Chizuk Amuno provides comfort, support, and guidance to those who are bereaved. We also encourage our members to turn to our clergy and staff for advice on the practical matters and ritual surrounding death, burial, and mourning.
Our Rabbis and Cantor are available to officiate at funeral services and unvelings for Synagogue members and their families, and are also available to guide families through the traditional mourning rituals in the days that follow burial.
Read more about making arrangements for burial or purchasing a plot at one of Chizuk Amuno’s cemeteries.
Chizuk Amuno Cemeteries
As a Jewish congregation, we gather as a community at every milestone. This includes the passing of family members and friends. Chizuk Amuno members have two options for burial of Jewish loved ones. Both locations maintain the same high standards.
Arlington Cemetery is our long-established, beautifully maintained cemetery in Baltimore City. Known for its serene setting, Arlington has served as a community cemetery for the Jewish population of Baltimore for more than 50 years. It is located on Rogers Avenue, west of Reisterstown Road.
Opened in the spring of 2009, Garrison Forest Cemetery is located at Garrison Forest Road and Crondall Lane in Owings Mills. The purchase of lots at Garrison Forest is limited to members of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Neither cemetery will accept cremated remains nor can Arlington lots be exchanged for lots at Garrison Forest.
Purchasing a Lot
For understandable reasons, many people delay the purchase of a cemetery lot. To avoid the need to make a cemetery selection at times of illness and loss, the staff at Chizuk Amuno are on hand to assist in making a pre-need purchase. This choice alleviates undue stress and provides peace of mind.
Annual Memorial Service:
Cemetery Memorial Services Sunday, September 16 Arlington Cemetery • 10:00 a.m. Garrison Forest Cemetery • 11:30 a.m. In the tradition of our ancestors, we gather inside the hallowed gates of our congregation’s cemeteries to recite psalms, prayers, and personal memorials during the Days of Repentance between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Services are conducted by our clergy, accompanied at Arlington Cemetery by voices of the Chizuk Amuno Choir.
Holocaust Memorial Service Sunday, September 16 Holocaust Memorial Garden at Chizuk Amuno • 1:00 p.m. To honor the memories of our loved ones who perished in the Shoah, our beloved departed whose graves we cannot visit, we will hold a special Memorial Service in the courtyard. Please join us to honor the legacies of those we will always remember.
Our clergy is available to counsel members in times of personal need, including job loss, divorce, illness, or hospitalization. Contact Judy Simkin at email@example.com.