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.

A Ritual That Can Cut Both Ways

By Rabbi Boris Dolin
The concept of circumcision is both a deeply powerful ritual practice and a profoundly troubling remnant of a different time.  A few years ago, when we were expecting our first child, we resisted...  more
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Welcoming Daughters

By Rabbi Linda Holtzman
Looking at a baby girl and feeling the joy of celebrating who she is and who she will become are wonderful experiences. A welcoming foot washing ceremony is one way of concretizing that joy. In 1980...  more
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No Short Cuts For Circumcision

By Rabbi Kevin Bernstein
Pun intended.  The popular press has recently reminded contemporary Jews that the continuation of brit milah (ritual circumcision), remains a challenge…and if you don’t believe me, ask any Jewish...  more
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