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.

Anointing with Breast Milk

By Alexandra Volin Avelin
Excerpted from an original babynaming ceremony in which the baby is welcomed into the covenant by anointing her with breast milk   more
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Blessing the New Parents

By Rabbi Alissa Wise
Blessing to be recited by the officiant to the new parents at the welcoming ceremony   more
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Awakening the Senses

A new ritual in which the infant is offered something to stimulate each of her senses   more
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