One of the fundamental reasons why NPLS exists is for our members, no matter what age, to be able to celebrate life together with their family, friends and community. Together we celebrate and our joys are enhanced, together we comfort each other and hope our troubles become smaller.
If you do not see the lifecycle event that you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact one of our Rabbis.
NPLS loves to wish our members ‘mazal tov’ on the birth of a child. If you have a son and wish to speak to one of our Association of Reform and Liberal Mohalim to arrange a brit milah / bris (circumcision), please contact our rabbis.
Boy or girl, we love to welcome babies into our community with a personal Baby Blessing and/or our communal Annual Baby Blessing and to encourage attendance at our marvellous nippers@northwood and Tots’ Shabbat.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah offers a spiritual, communal and celebratory rite-of-passage for teenagers. Our BM experience offers families one-on-one time with our Rabbis, a series of dynamic rabbi-led sessions for participants their parents and grandparents as well as recommending some excellent private tutors. The BM itself is part of our regular Shabbat morning services, although BM families are offered all the mitzvot around the Torah service and our Rabbis strive to tailor the event to the specific needs of the day. For more information on the education programme to support BM, click here.
One of the early innovations of Liberal Judaism was the introduction of Kabbalat Torah (confirmation) at age 15, which in the early days replaced Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Today, Kabbalat Torah gives our young people the opportunity to explore their Jewish identity along with their peers and to enjoy at least 2 incredible weekends away including one to the Czech Republic.
The final services to mark the conclusion of the Kabbalat Torah process are a no holds barred creative Kabbalat Shabbat service written by the class with them then leading the whole of the Shabbat Morning service. Graduates are encouraged to continue their Jewish education as assistant teachers in the Cheder as Kabbalat Torah is all about being a part and participating in the Community.
We recognise that there is often a long ritual gap between graduating from Cheder and traditional adult lifecycle rituals. We love becoming involved with individuals and households to provide creative, meaningful rituals in the Shul or our members’ homes.
Mezuzah bashings have been a real hit (literally!) for those buying or moving into their first or new home. The celebration of a birthday or anniversary in a synagogue service has also become an uplifting communal experience, celebrating different stages of life.
Simply contact our Rabbis if you want to discuss any novel thoughts you may have for blessings.
Working with couples (whether lesbian, gay or straight) to create their perfect wedding ceremony is a pleasure for our Rabbis. By English Law we are registered to perform the Marriages between two Jews and for a mixed faith couple. Working with you, we create a beautiful blessing following a civil marriage.
Our ceremonies are personalised to the couple, a balance between what is ‘traditional’ and that which is more personal. Helping create a Covenant of Love is immensely important to us, as it is to couples, so call us to speak to one of our Rabbis to discuss your requirements.
When someone becomes Jewish through the Liberal Judaism Beit Din, our congregation is honoured to formally welcome our new brother or sister into our community. Usually as part of our Shabbat service, the simple and beautiful Admittance Ceremony is a poignant moment for us all. You can read about the process towards becoming Jewish here.
Through Liberal Judaism, we offer traditional burial and woodland burial at Edgwarebury and Cheshunt Cemeteries and cremation. Please refer to our Burial, Cremation and Funeral Expenses Scheme for details.
If a relative or friend has died and they were a member of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue’s Burial, Cremation and Funeral Expenses Scheme, please notify Ronnie King of Michael King Funeral Directors, Liberal Judaism’s undertakers — please note that no other undertaker should be instructed. Ronnie can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays and Jewish Festivals on 020 8368 7453 or 07595 956 936. Ronnie will inform the NPLS Rabbis as soon as is practicable and he will liaise with the officiating Rabbi, the family and the cemetery or crematorium to arrange the funeral.
If the deceased was not a member of our burial scheme please also contact Ronnie King who will be able to arrange a non-member funeral.
May the Eternal One comfort you, and all who mourn.
Immediately following bereavement, our Rabbis are available to support members. Our award winning Bereavement Support Group will also offer its services and make contact with you.
You can find out more about the support we offer at this time here.
There are a number of different rituals apart from a stone setting that we offer to remember loved ones who have died.
In our synagogue we have a beautiful tree of remembrance and memorial book.