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.
Name changes can be both liberating and intimidating. Taking a brief moment to recognize the holiness of the act, and to affirm the dignity of the recipient of the new name, can be transformative. [more]