Life Cycle Events

Every day is a celebration of creation. Every hour holds beginnings and endings, passages and milestones, comings and goings, recoveries and illnesses, births and deaths. Judaism recognizes the significant and ordinary events of every day, week, month, year and lifetime with prayer, ritual, study and community. The Temple Emanuel Community takes an active role in the life cycle events of our members.

Rabbi Chaiken is always available to help guide our members throughout the life cycle, officiating at appropriate ceremonies and offering pastoral counseling upon request. Please contact us to let us know how we can help you with your simchas and the sorrows of life.

Bris and Baby Naming

The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons (bris) on the eighth day of their new lives. For information on Mohels and to help plan this special occasion in your family’s life please contact our office.  A baby naming can be done at any age and Rabbi Chaiken can help choose an appropriate Hebrew name for your child. This event usually occurs during our Friday evening service, our 9am Saturday chapel services or our Sunday congregational sanctuary service. Families can also sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush.


Rabbi Chaiken can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion by teaching bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, from the Ketubah signing to breaking the glass.  Counsel is also provided, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. Weddings can be scheduled through the Rabbi or Temple Office. You do not need to be a Temple member.


One day, we will all die; however, death is a subject many of us would prefer to avoid. To live fully means to love and be loved. Eventually we will suffer the loss of someone we love and the responsibility of making final arrangements will fall to us. Rabbi Chaiken is available to guide you on end of life rituals, perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement meaningful Jewish mourning practices.




Temple Emanuel has a proud history of serving all aspects of religious life in the Jewish community since the congregation’s founding in the early twentieth century. One major feature of that service is the Temple Emanuel Cemetery. Established in 1941 on more than seven acres in Andover, the Cemetery Committee oversees the maintenance of the grounds and also manages the perpetual care of the property and grave-sites. The Cemetery is professionally landscaped and maintained year-round, through the Committee’s Perpetual Care Fund.

Temple members and others who may be interested in touring the facilities and/or purchasing available cemetery plots should direct their inquiries to Jonathan Samel.


The unveiling is the dedication of the headstone at the grave of a loved one. Traditionally this is conducted prior to the one-year anniversary. Rabbi Chaiken can assist you with this ritual. Please refer to the prayer pamphlet below or call the office for assistance.

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