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The Cycle of Life - Birth Through School

Regardless of the event – joyous or sad – Rabbi Astrachan and Temple Beth Israel are here to help you, to celebrate with you, to comfort you, and share with you. If you are interested in observing a life cycle event at TBI, contact Office Administrator Stephanie George by calling (717) 843-2676, or simply email her at:

Birth and Baby Namings

Rabbi Astrachan is available to discuss the selection of Hebrew names for your baby or older children and to help plan-welcoming rituals for your expanding family. Rabbi Astrachan is always happy to help you and your family celebrate these important milestones and to welcome your new child into the covenant of the Jewish people. Please contact Rabbi Astrachan directly at (717) 843-2676, ext 7, or email him at:


During our Simchat Torah service each fall, we consecrate those children (typically Grades K/1) who are beginning their TBI religious school training. For more information, please contact Rabbi Astrachan.


At TBI, Bar/Bat Mitzvah is not the end of our students’ Jewish education. Students continue to expand their knowledge and appreciation for Jewish customs and values as they work toward confirmation in the tenth grade.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Training to become a Bar- or Bat- Mitzvah at TBI is one of our most sacred obligations. Rabbi Astrachan works one-on-one with all students beginning about 5 months prior to their service date. All students learn to conduct most of the worship service, including all liturgy, Torah aliyot, haftarah, and accompanying blessings. In addition, students compose a speech and complete special projects that better connect them to their Jewish ancestry and faith. All Bar/Bat Mitzvah students must have completed a minimum of 3 years of religious school education at TBI (or a comparable Jewish school) to be considered for this process. To schedule a date for your child’s simcha, contact Rabbi Astrachan or the temple office.

Mon, June 27 2022 28 Sivan 5782