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.

Latest Rituals

“We praise you, Shekhinah, / who has given us life”
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“We all have a name / given by the mountains we climb”
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Baby naming tradition matching Hebrew letters of child’s name to biblical verses
Schein Family Baby Naming Traditions
“May you grow to be a strong woman”
Brit Bat: A Four Worlds Baby Naming Ceremony

“We pray that those yearning to conceive, carry, foster or adopt will lead to a joyful outcome”

Prayer for Those Yearning for a Child

“Our tradition teaches that the birth of a child brings with it a new possibility for redemption, for transformative justice, for peace and wholeness.” 

Brit Shemot: Baby Naming Ceremony

This ritual can be woven into an aliyah, another part of a Torah service or can stand alone

Brit Torah: Baby Naming Ceremony

To be performed on the 8th day or another day

Seder Milah: Ritual Circumcision

A blessing for a baby girl 

A Blessing for a Baby Girl

“Your birthright renews every breath”

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