Zoom opens at 6:30pm just to kibbutz. At 7pm we light candles with a short service. We listen to music and short lectures. Watch for the Zoom link on the listserv Friday afternoon.
Several times in its 50 plus years in Fairfield County, the Congregation has held a community ceremony during which the children or grandchildren of members are given a Hebrew name and welcomed into the Congregation.
As are all the congregation’s services, the ceremony is written by members from a humanistic perspective. Rather than the traditional Jewish ceremony for newborns recreating the covenant between God and Abraham embodied in the Torah, ours is a Brit Shalom or Covenant of Welcoming. The covenant is an exchange of promises among the people present: the child’s family and their friends, and the congregation.
A candle is lit for each child as he or she is introduced to the community. Blessings are bestowed. There is usually music. And always there is an oneg.