Covenant & Naming Rituals

Historically, Jewish people have formally welcomed boys into the covenant with God, marking the occasion with celebration and circumcision. The birth of a girl was met with joy, but no ritual or communal celebration. We offer a variety of ways to formally welcome both girls and boys. You’ll also find naming rituals and blessings for parents, grandparents and children.

Simchat Brit

By Debra Ruth Kolodny
Proposed service that includes new text, ritual objects, and a central role for the purifying blood of the mother   more
Complete Ceremony

Parental Prayer

Traditional prayer for parents to say over a new baby in Hebrew and English   more

Tree-Planting Ritual

By Treasure Cohen
Traditionally, a cypress tree was planted when a daughter was born and a cedar for a son. Their branches were woven together to make the wedding canopy.   more
Ritual Component