Lifecycle Events

Share. Celebrate. Support.

In this community, we share our lives with one another, celebrate the joys of life together, support one another during loss and hardship.

Are you welcoming a new life into your family? Our rabbis look forward to welcoming our youngest Temple members into the community. Contact the Rabbis for help:

  • Choosing Hebrew names.
  • Planning a ​Brit Milah (or Bris) on the 8th day. This may include recommending a mohel (who is certified to perform circumcisions), participating in the ceremony, and answering any questions or concerns about the ceremony.
  • Officiating a Baby Naming ceremony.

Contact: Rabbis Office, 513.793.2556 or lheinemeyer@wisetemple.org


Raising young kids can be quite a roller coaster ride. A Jewish community of people who are on the same ride can sure help. YoFI is that community.

Judaism sanctifies time, teaching us to express thanks for the gifts of life and love. Our rabbis mark those gifts by offering special blessings during Friday evening worship each month to members who are celebrating birthdays or wedding anniversaries.

It is a powerful moment to see your child leading the congregation in prayer, delivering a sermon and reading from the Torah. At Wise Temple, we have a comprehensive, caring and compassionate approach to ensuring each Bar Mitvah or Bat Mitzvah student is successful.

At Wise Temple, the Bar or Bat Mitzvah process is a voluntary commitment, but a significant one. It’s a covenant that includes the student, parent and congregation. All of us contribute to this special journey.

The ceremony, which is led by the Bar or Bat Mitzvah student, symbolizes a young teen’s religious commitment to Jewish life and a desire to strengthen their ties to the Temple community.

B’nai Mitzvah affirms a student’s Jewish knowledge and maturity. Therefore, the commitment extends beyond the ability to read a Torah portion. To have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony at Wise Temple, a student completes educational and religious requirements which fully prepare the student for the meaning and beauty of this ceremony. Requirements include:

  • Attendance at Religious School and three consecutive years of Hebrew school at Wise Temple or its equivalent.
  • Completion of 14 mitzvot.
  • Attendance at three or more worship services and at two family workshops.
  • Absolute commitment to continued religious education at Wise Temple at least through 10th grade, but ideally through graduation.

Contact: Rabbis Office, 513.793.2559 or lheinemeyer@wisetemple.org

It’s your day. It’s just the beginning. Wise Temple is happy to be a part of it. Our rabbis enjoy officiating wedding ceremonies for members, their children or couples wishing to join the Temple. Couples meet with the rabbi prior to the ceremony to discuss the ceremony itself and the couple’s future life together.

Weddings can be scheduled at Wise Center, Plum Street Temple, or other appropriate local venues on days other than Shabbat, High Holy Days or major festivals. Couples must be members of Wise Temple for at least one year in order to have a wedding at Plum Street Temple.

Contact: Rabbis Office, 513.793.2556 or lheinemeyer@wisetemple.org

Our rabbis visit area hospitals several times each week to provide comfort and offer prayers for congregants who are hospitalized. Because of medical privacy laws, hospitals do not inform our rabbis when a congregant is a patient there. We encourage family members, friends or even patients themselves to inform our rabbis of hospitalization, so they may provide pastoral care.

Contact: Rabbis Office, 513.793.2556 or lheinemeyer@wisetemple.org

For those nearing death and for their loved ones, our rabbis provide comfort and spiritual guidance for difficult end-of-life decisions. Temple families receive support that recognizes the sanctity and dignity of human life in all its stages. For those that are ill, our rabbis visit and offer warmth and support in the face of difficult challenges. Our rabbis are honored to officiate at funerals, memorial services and unveiling ceremonies (when a monument/marker is established.)

We read aloud the names of all yahrzeits (anniversary of the death) of our congregants’ loved ones each year. Please provide information to the Temple, so we help you honor a loved one’s memory through this meaningful tradition.

Contact: Rabbis Office, 513.793.2556 or lheinemeyer@wisetemple.org