Brit Milah and Baby Naming
Mazel tov on the new addition to your family. The brit milah, or circumcision, and baby naming ceremonies welcome babies into the covenant of the Jewish people.
The brit milah is conducted on the eighth day, either in the synagogue or the home. We can direct you to local mohelim, or those who are licensed to perform circumcisions, and are happy to help you choose the one right for you. Our rabbi happily participates in the ceremony as well, offering words of explanation and reciting the prayer to give your son his Hebrew name.
While there is no fixed date for a baby girl's naming, families typically choose to celebrate in the first few months of their daughter’s life. Parents are invited to the Torah for an aliyah, at which time the rabbi recites a prayer to give your daughter her Hebrew name and offers blessings for a good and fulfilled Jewish life. Families often choose to sponsor the Kiddush in honor of their daughter's naming. Some families choose to hold their daughter's naming in their home. Rabbi Hersh is available to help plan and conduct this ceremony as well.