Lifecycle Events

Birth of a Child
Jews celebrate the birth of all our children. For the boys, a brit milah (covenant of circumcision) is usually performed by a mohel at the family's home. For girls, a naming ceremony is held in either the home or in the synagogue. Planning begins with a discussion with our Ritual Chair or Rabbi, who will provide information regarding these ceremonies. Send an email to

Pidyon Haben
Traditional Jews follow the ancient practice of providing the first-born male son for service to the Temple. The family pays a symbolic ransom to redeem the boy. Families desiring to participate in this ceremony for their first-born male children may contact our congregation's Ritual Chair. Send an email to

Bar or Bat Mitzvah
At Congregation Sha'are Shalom, we are proud of our b'nai mitzvot. Our seventh-grade program enables students to focus on preparation for a bar or bat mitzvah. Students work individually with the b'nai mitzvah tutor weekly and engage in our 13 mitzvot project.

The family has the opportunity to help plan and participate in the service. Teens who are bar or bat mitzvah can decide to continue their education through Confirmation which occurs during the sophomore year in high school. Send an email to

Confirmants have the opportunity to study directly with our Rabbi as well as our Educational Director and participate in a Confirmation Service towards the end of the school year. Send an email to

The first step in planning the marriage ceremony is a meeting with our Rabbi and the Ritual Chair, who provide the couple with information about options for planning the ceremony.


Congregation Sha’are Shalom invites same-sex couples to celebrate their love for each other with a Jewish wedding ceremony in our sanctuary.

Our sanctuary and social hall are available to complete the wedding event for a memorable celebration. Setting the date and submittal of Rental Facility form and must be arranged through our Simcha Manager

At Congregation Sha'are Shalom, our community supports our congregants during the period of mourning. When death is imminent, please contact the rabbi or congregation president. The Chesed Committee offers support and comfort. Send an email to,, or


Our B'nai Mitzvah 2021

Jacob Stromberg
Joseph Britt
David Craig
Rebekah Craig
Anya Lang
Elli Ben-Yoseph
Zach Engelson
Caitlin Dodds
Ethan Shapiro
Tyler Glancey
Gina Quaresima

January 23
March 20
May 8
May 8
June 19
August 14
August 21
August 28
October 2
October 23
November 20

For information about scheduling your simcha please contact our Simcha Manager


We are pleased to announce the availability of Commemorative Yahrzeit Plaques for loved ones who have passed away. The engraved plaques are $250 each. People who are purchasing multiple plaques, and wish to keep family members together, will be able to do so-as long as the plaques are purchased at the same time. Non-Jewish family members of congregants may be memorialized on the Yahrzeit Board. Please complete the Yahrzeit Plague Order Form and send it to: Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Attention: Administrator, P. O. Box 4518, Leesburg, VA 20177.

For more information please contact



To order a leaf for the Tree of Life Wall please read:
Tree of Life Order Procedures and then complete the Tree of Life Order form and send it to: Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Attention: Administrator, P. O. Box 4518, Leesburg, VA 20177. For more information please contact