Jewish Lifecycle Events In South Florida & Beyond


At ISH, we value the Jewish traditions and rituals that help us mark the important milestones in our lives and the lives of those we love. Our Rabbi, Cheryl Jacobs, is here to help you celebrate the joyful moments and comfort you during the heart wrenching times. We’re based in South Florida and work with individuals and families in Boca, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and beyond.

Bar & Bat Mitzvah

“Judaism is my life. Everything I do is through the lens of Torah.”
– Matisyahu


There is nothing more exciting than planning your child’s Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah! Our Rabbi and tutors look forward to working with you to create the perfect service for your child. Each Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah child will learn to lead the traditional components of the service, but will also have the freedom to create their own, unique celebration that will incorporate their own creative touches. There is no such thing as a cookie cutter Bar/Bat Mitzvah at ISH!

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“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”
– Carl Sandburg

What is more joyous than the birth of a child?! Rabbi Cheryl looks forward to working closely with you to create the perfect service to celebrate your baby’s arrival.

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“Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility.”
– Anne Hathaway

A wedding should be a beautiful reflection of the couple and the love they share for one another. Each of our weddings is unique, created together by our Rabbi and the couple. As result, the ceremony is the perfect starting point for the couple’s journey through life. At ISH, we welcome interfaith and same-sex couples who would like to get married.


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Conversion

“Part of the beauty of Judaism is that it gently restores control over time. Three times a day we stop what we are doing and turn to God in prayer. We recover perspective. We inhale a deep breath of eternity.”
– Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The road to a conversion to Judaism is an extremely personal experience that is different for every individual who chooses to embrace a Jewish life. We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach to conversion studies. Each person interested in conversion is seen individually by Rabbi Cheryl so that she can create a program that meets your needs specifically. The time it takes to convert truly depends on your background. The program concludes with a beautiful, meaningful conversion service that you will remember forever.


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Renewal

“You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.”
– Bikram Choudhury

Life is challenging. Illness, divorce, financial hardship and other personal struggles can drag us down and fill us with sadness. Rabbi Cheryl’s training as a spiritual counselor coupled with the meaningful Jewish rituals can serve as powerful ways to bring hope and purpose back into your life.

Jewish Divorce – Get

“When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that they ‘don’t understand’ one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.”
– Helen Rowland



Judaism acknowledges that there are times when the fairytale doesn’t last forever and divorce is necessary. In addition to a civil divorce decree that legally ends a marriage, a “Get” or Jewish divorce document is a longstanding tradition that spiritually ends the union that links spouses. With great care and compassion, Rabbi Cheryl will work with you to create a Get or Jewish divorce decree that will allow you to begin to heal and look forward to your future.


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Death & Mourning

“Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.”
– Quintus Ennius

FUNERALS

We feel very strongly that it is important that a funeral service reflect and celebrate the life of the deceased. We learn all we can from family members to ensure that the funeral service is memorable and truthful, honoring the life that the deceased lived.


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SHIVAH

According to Jewish tradition, a Shivah period of seven days follows the burial of an immediate family member. Today, people may choose to observe Shivah for one, three or any number of days up to seven, with a ceremony in your home which includes the recitation of the Mourner’s Kaddish. We are here to help you with Shivah and to create a ceremony that reflects the life of your loved one.

UNVEILINGS

Within a year of the death of a loved one, their memorial stone is “unveiled” to family and close friends. An unveiling ceremony allows you to gather with those who have gone through the mourning process with you and, together, reflect upon the time that has passed without your loved. It is a time to remember and honor your love one and appreciate that their legacy lives on in the lives of those gathered at the unveiling ceremony.

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We are committed to helping you celebrate the joyful moments and comfort you during the heart wrenching times.

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