From Kiddush to Kaddish – Jewish rituals for life transitions - POSTPONED

When: Thursday, February 5 2015, 6:15 pm

From Kiddush to Kaddish – Jewish rituals for life transitions - POSTPONED Image

This class has been posponed on February 5th due to weather. We are sorry for the inconvenience and will keep you updated as to when the new class is rescheduled. For concerns please email

Are you new to Jewish culture and traditions? Or would you like to know more about Jewish rituals and how they came to be?

This 5 part series will explore the history and practices around basic life transitions from biblical times to the present.  Taught by long time Vilna Shul volunteer Rabbi Sam Seicol, each session will examine a specific phase of life transitions both from the personal and home aspects and the communal relationships. Individuals of all backgrounds and Jewish knowledge levels are invited to join.

While the series is designed sequentially, each session will also be presented as a stand alone lecture/discussion. Drop in attendance at any and all sessions is welcome. A donation of $5/session is encouraged to offset the cost of dinner.

• January 15 - Session 3 explores marriage rituals and responsibilities are explored. The role of dating, premarital relations in the Bible, traditional and modern views of the ketubah, meanings connected to the breaking of the glass, and other aspects will be examined.

• January 22 - Session 4 deals with death, dying, and funerals.  This session will explore views on the end of life, after life, and support for the survivors from biblical times into the current practices.

• February 5 - Session 5 concludes with a look at modern life transitions that have not been formally ritualized (or have minimal observances that developed) in traditional Jewish practice, including: retirement, aging, healing, major illness, and more.

$5 validated parking is available and we are located near the green, red, and orange subway lines. For detailed directions to the Vilna, click this link.

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