Birth and Naming Rituals

Welcoming Words For All Kinds of Families

We celebrate the arrival of the youngest members of our community with the traditions of b’rit milah (circumcision and naming of baby boys, usually on the eighth day after birth and often in the home), simchat bat (the relatively new celebration of the birth of a daughter, either in a home or at the synagogue), naming rituals and adoption ceremonies. We will work with you to make these moments as meaningful as possible: finding a mohel (the one who performs the circumcision), crafting the Jewish ceremony that suits your families needs, balancing the needs of interfaith families, adoptive parents, same-sex couples or other circumstances with the rituals and customs of our Jewish tradition.