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.

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
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Blessing: Gomel

From the Itim Institute
Recited by the mother for the safe childbirth   more
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