Welcoming & Raising Children

We greet each child with affection and joy. Every baby comes to us full of promise and potential. As parents, we are privileged to welcome them into our families, our communities and the embrace of the Jewish people. Raising children to adulthood, we encounter many milestones along the way. Children are weaned, lose their teeth, and start school. Some get their driver’s licenses and eventually leave home for good. Here are rituals for welcoming children and for celebrating the milestones on their paths to adulthood.

Secular Humanist Meditation

From Humanistic Judaism, Winter/Spring 1999 "Creating a Baby Naming Ceremony," (Beth Haskala, Rochester Society for Humanistic Judaism.)
A parents' pledge to their infant son   more

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With All My Heart

By Rabbi Maggie Wenig, adapted from the poem by Rabbi Judy Shanks
A mother's prayer for the health and well-being of her new baby and the wisdom to raise her   more

Gifts for our Daughter

Ideas for ritual gifts to bestow upon an infant girl and words with which to present them   more
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