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Thursday, August 25, 2016
21 Av 5776.
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Our postal address and statutory information can be found here.

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Life Cycle
Baby Blessings

To celebrate this wonderful event, we offer this ceremony as  part of our Shabbat service to enable both parents to thank God for the safe delivery of their child and allow grandparents, relatives and friends to share with members of our congregation in welcoming our newest member.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

After receiving a full Jewish education and working hard at the Cheder in preparation, the children of Beth Shalom members are provided with the opportunity to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the age of thirteen as part of the Shabbat morning service.

Most of our young people learn to chant a portion of the Torah, reading directly from the Torah scroll on the occasion of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. The preparation undertaken stands them in good stead to participate fully in our Shabbat services as adult members of the community.


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All members of Beth Shalom are required to contribute to the Joint Jewish Burial Society (JJBS). The cost for this is shown on the membership invoice as a separate item. The JJBS is the burial society for Movement for Reform Judaism member synagogues, and transfer between synagogues that are members of JJBS is permitted. JJBS membership covers the cost of the plot, undertaking, Tahara, and funeral costs at the Western Cemetery in Cheshunt, or at the Woodland Cemetery in Cheshunt, which offers a 'green' burial. It also allows for burial in Cambridge in our section of the Huntingdon Road Cemetery, but there are some additional charges for this. The JJBS will also cover certain costs for cremation, either in London or in Cambridge. For more detailed information do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Burial Committee. 

Non-Jewish partners and non-Jewish children of Beth Shalom members are eligible to be buried in the Woodland Cemetery in Cheshunt, or adjacent to our section of the Huntingdon Road Cemetery in Cambridge. Non-Jewish partners who become Friends of Beth Shalom are also entitled to become members of the JJBS scheme. This does not affect where they may be buried, but will cover the same costs as for Jewish members.

Members who wish to register funeral wishes for themselves or for a family member for whom they have funeral responsibility can complete a Funeral Information Form.
This form is ONLY for Beth Shalom members and non-Jewish partners or children. The form can be filled out and returned electronically (preferably), or sent by post to the Beth Shalom administrators. The information will be entered on an electronic spreadsheet, which will be available only to administrators and to members of the Burials Committee. It is likely to be of great help in facilitating funerals and preventing any misunderstandings during what can be quite a stressful period. Please be aware that there is NO OBLIGATION to complete the form.

Burial Guidelines (March 2011)


When a death occurs

A member of the burials committee can be contacted via 0845 539 0536.

This service operates 24 hours a day but, in case of problems, please contact the JJBS 24 hour number: 020 8989 5252

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