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.

Secular Humanist Meditation

From Humanistic Judaism, Winter/Spring 1999 "Creating a Baby Naming Ceremony," (Beth Haskala, Rochester Society for Humanistic Judaism.)
A parents' pledge to their infant son   more
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With All My Heart

By Rabbi Maggie Wenig, adapted from the poem by Rabbi Judy Shanks
A mother's prayer for the health and well-being of her new baby and the wisdom to raise her   more
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