Just Simchas


Whether you are celebrating a wedding, the birth of a child, or a bar or bat mitzvah, you have the opportunity to imbue your celebration with added meaning by choosing to make your celebration a Just Simcha!

Jewish celebrations are not just about individuals—they are about family, community, and, by extension, the world. A simcha is a great time to take a step back and consider:

  • How can I celebrate in a way that is true to my Jewish values?
  • What meaning do I want this milestone to have in my life or the life of my child?
  • How can I make this incredible moment in my life affect not just the people around me, but the world as a whole?

Choose tzedek when you plan some of the most important moments in your life: the beginning of your life with your new spouse, the birth of your child, or your child’s transition to Jewish adulthood.  Use the Just Simchasguide to help you make tzedek a part of these milestone celebrations   Every decision you make in planning your celebration can be part of your decision to help advance tzedek in some form: choosing a caterer, selecting the décor, and even deciding what to do with the leftovers!

Below you will find resource guides for different milestones. Each guide contains information about how to achieve tzedek through the following aspects of your simcha:

  • Caterers and Food
  • Location
  • Apparel
  • Décor
  • Invitations
  • Gifts

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The Just Simchas Guide is inspired by Green and Just Celebrations,
a project of Jews United for Justice (www.jufj.org) and written by Joelle Novey and Rebecca Shaloff.
We thank them for their guidance and support.

 

 

Download Just Simchas: All Inclusive Guide for All Occasions or choose a specific simcha from below!

 

A brit milah or simchat bat is the moment your child becomes part of the wider Jewish community.   Celebrations and milestones in a child’s life present opportunities to impart Jewish values to the next generation. At the ceremony, parents of the newborn child traditionally utter a prayer that states the importance of Torah andmitzvot in the life ahead of the child. When you celebrate the beginning of a new life in an ethical way, you are making an important statement of the values you want to pass onto your child.

Choose to integrate tzedek as a focus in this life cycle event.  The Just Simchas guide is designed to ensure that your simcha can be easily imbued with Torah values of tzedek.

Download the Brit Milah/Simchat Bat Just Simchas Guide!

 

A brit milah or simchat bat is the moment your child becomes part of the wider Jewish community.   Celebrations and milestones in a child’s life present opportunities to impart Jewish values to the next generation. At the ceremony, parents of the newborn child traditionally utter a prayer that states the importance of Torah andmitzvot in the life ahead of the child. When you celebrate the beginning of a new life in an ethical way, you are making an important statement of the values you want to pass onto your child.

Choose to integrate tzedek as a focus in this life cycle event.  The Just Simchas guide is designed to ensure that your simcha can be easily imbued with Torah values of tzedek.

Download the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Just Simchas Guide!

 

A wedding is a time of ultimate personal simcha. But even at the height of our own personal joy, we traditionally recall the destruction of Jerusalem and the wider injustices in the world. No personal simcha can be complete while there is still suffering in the world.

Choose to make tzedek a part of one of the most important moments in your life. By making these conscious choices toward a moral simcha, we strengthen both the community and the individual. The Just Simchas guide is designed to ensure that yoursimcha can be easily imbued with the Torah value of tzedek.

Download the Wedding Just Simchas Guide!