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Birth, Baby Naming, Brit Milah

Photo by Michael Fox Photography

The rituals of brit and baby naming are ceremonies that welcome and confirm a child’s membership in the covenantal Jewish community. Traditionally, the brit for boys includes circumcision and is held on the eighth day of life. Some parents choose to have the circumcision in the hospital and the naming ceremony on the eighth day in their home or at a later date in the synagogue. Baby girls are welcomed into the covenant with a Brit/naming ceremony that can also be held on the eighth day or on another date, usually during the first year of life. Those ceremonies take place at home or in the synagogue. Please contact one of our rabbis or cantor with any questions and to ask one of our clergy to participate with you at this important first step in your Jewish child’s life. If you have any questions about the role of this ritual in the life of your child, please call one of our rabbis or cantor.