Welcoming & Raising Children

We greet each child with affection and joy. Every baby comes to us full of promise and potential. As parents, we are privileged to welcome them into our families, our communities and the embrace of the Jewish people. Raising children to adulthood, we encounter many milestones along the way. Children are weaned, lose their teeth, and start school. Some get their driver’s licenses and eventually leave home for good. Here are rituals for welcoming children and for celebrating the milestones on their paths to adulthood.

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