Babies are a blessing that Judaism celebrates with various traditions, both ancient and modern. The ritual of the brit milah, the traditional circumcision and covenantal welcoming on the 8th day of a boy's life, can be held in the home or synagogue. The ritual of a naming ceremony can be held in conjunction with the brit milah or at a separate date. Baby girls are welcomed into the covenant through the ceremony of naming, which can be held on the 8th day or at a later date, usually within the first year of life. These ceremonies, too, can be held in the synagogue or home.
For more information, please contact one of our rabbis or cantor to help guide you through this important first step in your child's life:
Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Rabbi Phyllis Sommer
Rabbi Pam Mandel
Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz