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Shabbat Services

Our doors are open to all who seek to worship, learn and serve the community.

 

Friday Evenings at 8:00 PM The family service is held on the first Friday of each month at 7:00 PM instead of 8:00 PM.

 

Saturday Mornings at 9:45 AM with preliminary prayers at 9:30 AM.

 

Sunday Morning Minyan at 9:00 AM when Religious School is in session.

Note: Sunday Morning Minyan services are on hold at the present time.

Prayer Book Donations and Dedications

Dedicating a Siddur Lev Shalem or Etz Hayim Bible that will be used in our congregational services is a wonderful way to celebrate family, remember loved ones, and honor our Pine Brook Jewish Center community.

 

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support as we transition from the Siddur Sim Shalom to the Siddur Lev Shalem. 

What makes Siddur Lev Shalem so special:

  • Transliteration - User-friendly and provided for those parts of the service most often sung or chanted out loud by the congregation.
  • Egalitarian Text - Egalitarian options for prayers are provided. 
  • Symbols - Icons are used to help readers participate in the service. For example, one symbol indicates when to bow.
  • Commentary - Provides context for each prayer. What are its origins? Why it is here? What meaning might it convey?
  • Insights - Prose and poetry, drawn from ancient to contemporary sources, that reflect and expand on the themes of that page. 

Contact the PBJC office at office@pbjc.org or (973) 244-9800 with any questions.

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE A PRAYER BOOK OR BIBLE

Lifecycle Events

Brit Ceremonies

A Brit Milah (Covenant of Circumcision for a boy) and a Berit Bat ceremony (Covenant of Daughter for a girl) are special ways for Jewish parents to express their gratitude and celebrate the new addition of a child to their family. 

 

The clergy at the Pine Brook Jewish Center is available to advise couples on these ceremonies, which marks the bringing of sons or daughters into the brit, or covenant, of Israel.

 

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Few things impact a child’s Jewish awareness and self-confidence more strongly than leading our congregational family in prayer. Formal Hebrew classes begin in the third grade, and in four productive years, our young people gain the knowledge and confidence to celebrate this important life cycle event.

 

Bar/Bat Mitzvah is actually the celebration of a beginning, as the child starts to take responsibility for his or her own Jewish identity. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a joyous event for the family as well as for our entire congregation. After the Bar/Bat Mitzvah your child can continue with our Post-Hey class. We see commitment to life-long Jewish education as a goal for all our members.

 

Marriage

The celebration of the beginning of a life together as husband and wife is an intimate, joyful, and ceremonious occasion. The clergy counsels couples on preparing for their life together and the value of creating a Jewish home.

 

We also assist couples in shaping the ceremony to express their personal wishes within the framework of a Jewish wedding. As part of the celebration, the couple may be honored at the Shabbat service prior to the wedding with a special blessing before the Torah in the presence of friends and family. 

 

Conversion

Those interested in converting to Judaism are warmly and enthusiastically welcomed at Pine Brook Jewish Center. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact our Rabbi.

 

Death and Mourning

The Jewish tradition is founded on respect for those who have died and on providing comfort to those who are grieving. Members of our Pine Brook Jewish Center family are there to comfort, support and provide any necessary guidance to those who are bereaved.

 

Congregants are encouraged to turn to the Synagogue staff for advice on the practical matters and ritual surrounding the occurrence of death, burial and mourning. Our Rabbi and Cantor are available to officiate at funeral services for Synagogue members and their families, and are also available to guide families through the traditional mourning rituals in the days that follow burial.

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