In this section, we invite you to explore Jewish lifestyle and lifecycle events, including our traditions, holidays and customs.

There’s an old saying that goes, “Two Jews, three opinions.” Judaism is by no means a monolith; it has changed and will continue to change for years to come. Chances are if you go to a handful of Jewish web sites, you’ll find dozens of explanations of what it means to “be Jewish” and “live Jewishly.” These days, the Jewish experience varies from extremely religious to atheistic and all points in between and our observances, practices and ways of life often reflect this diversity.

As Jews for Jesus, we likewise can diverge from one another when it comes to living out our Jewishness, but as a whole, we can’t help but view it in light of Jesus the Messiah.

As you take a look at each of the celebrations, commemorations and ceremonies outlined in this section, we hope and pray that you’ll find them not just educational, but also meaningful… because you’ll see Jesus in them, too.

Jewish Holidays

The Jewish calendar is full of holidays—some originating in the Bible, others arising from later traditions. Find out each one’s history, meaning and how it’s celebrated.


Rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur






Life Cycle

Jewish life is structured around key life events and milestones: circumcision, bar or bat mitzvah, weddings and bereavement. Learn about each of these rituals, and find orders of service that you can use in the section below, “Music and Liturgy.”


Circumcisions and Naming Ceremonies

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs



The Afterlife



Available to You

The staff of Jews for Jesus is committed to being a personal (and fee-free!) resource to Jewish families and individuals. From conducting ceremonies to being available to chat, we are eager to provide you with meaningful help.


Free Officiants

Jewish-Gentile Couples

Local Events

Bible Instruction

Just Talk



Messianic Jews

Find out about Messianic Jews and their faith through life stories, a Messianic case for Jesus and dialogue with Jewish believers.


Our stories

A Messianic Case for Jesus

Dialogue with Jewish believers

Messianic congregations

Judaism: An Overview




What would Jewish life be without a taste of tradition? Here you can find many classic Jewish recipes for the holidays or any day.





Rosh Hashanah




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