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.

Simchat Brit

By Debra Ruth Kolodny
Proposed service that includes new text, ritual objects, and a central role for the purifying blood of the mother   more
Complete Ceremony

Parental Prayer

Traditional prayer for parents to say over a new baby in Hebrew and English   more

Tree-Planting Ritual

By Treasure Cohen
Traditionally, a cypress tree was planted when a daughter was born and a cedar for a son. Their branches were woven together to make the wedding canopy.   more
Ritual Component