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.

Welcome Prayer II

From Simhat Bat Ceremony II, Women's League of Conservative Judaism
A slightly longer version of the traditional blessing for welcoming a baby at a babynaming ceremony   more

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D'ror Yikra

From the Itim Institute
Traditional liturgical poem (piyut) for welcoming the baby, also known as "Donash ben Labrat" in Ladino   more

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Talmud Berachot 17a

By Lawrence Kushner, Translator
"May your eyes sparkle with the light of Torah and your ears hear the music of its words" — a prayer for our children based on a talmudic passage   more