Life Cycle Moments


Members of the congregation that are celebrating the birth of a child or a grandchild are encouraged to share this joyous event (simcha) with the congregation. We would love to honor you with a special honor (aliyah) during our Torah service, and hold a very special naming ceremony for your newest family member.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Celebrating a child becoming an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community is a momentous and joyous occasion and is a milestone that you and your family will cherish and remember for many years. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is meant to be a formal and public recognition of a young person’s willingness to accept and embrace the privileges, obligations, and responsibilities associated with living a full and meaningful Jewish life.

Download the Bar/Bat Mitzvah handbook.


Ohev Shalom is a wonderful place to celebrate a Jewish wedding! On the weekend before the big day, we would be honored to welcome the couple, along with the entire family, to celebrate at our Saturday morning services.  This tradition is known as the Aufruf, and is an opportunity to give the couple an aliyah in front of the Torah. This is a wonderful way to connect your simcha to the wider community, and to our religious services, and our entire congregation will be thrilled to celebrate together with your family.

Death and Burial

Losing a loved one is never easy, but Ohev Shalom’s caring community of members and staff will help you through this difficult time. Although death and funeral arrangements are sensitive topics that most individuals and families rarely speak of until the need arises, our Rabbi encourages you to discuss these issues ahead of time, and is happy to help facilitate the necessary conversations.

Ohev Shalom Cemetery

Our congregation is one of the few synagogues in the area, and the only one in Delaware County, that has its own cemetery – the Ohev Shalom Cemetery in Brookhaven. Additionally, we control a section of the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Collingdale, PA.  Please contact our Executive Director, Missy Lowdermilk at for more information or to purchase a plot.