Who can officiate at life-cycle events?
The Jewish Secular Community of Cleveland (JSC) has three madrikhim who are licensed to officiate at life-cycle ceremonies, and another member who is a Humanist counselor, and licensed to perform weddings and other life-cycle ceremonies.
Although we currently do not have a Bat/Bar Mitzvah program, you may contact Sandra Arndt, Education Coordinator for Secular B’nai Mitzvahs, for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weddings and Other Happy Events
Four members of the JSC were married by two other members. Our officiants also perform other joyful events, such as baby namings and vow renewals. Ask us about it!
What to do when a loved one dies?
A death brings sadness and stress. Members of the grieving family will have many decisions to make in a short time. The Jewish Secular Community of Cleveland is committed to offering support to JSC members and/or survivors.
A Jewish secular humanistic memorial/funeral service can be provided in many settings. The JSC respects the decision of the family of the deceased to make a choice regarding venue and “degree of tradition of the service.”
When a death occurs, a surviving family member or friend should contact the President or Chairperson of the Good and Welfare Committee. The one who is contacted will notify the other.
The JSC can provide the following types of assistance.
- Notify the JSC membership of the death
- Find a location for a funeral/memorial service
- Contact one of the JSC’s madrikhim who can develop and guide a funeral/memorial service
- Provide food or an organizational donation
The JSC urges members and their families to plan ahead for these difficult times. Such planning can include:
- Ethical Will and other Advance Directives
- Funeral, Burial, Cremation—Costs and Services
- Secular Jewish Memorial Services and Traditional Jewish Funeral Services
- Site of Memorial Service
- Agency or institution to which memorial contributions can be sent
An important measure of the integrity of any congregation, whether religious or secular, is the degree to which members of that congregation can rely on it in times of need. When the death of a loved one occurs, the JSC reaffirms its commitment to reach out to members in this most trying of times.