Covenant & Naming Rituals

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.

Excerpted from Seder Brit Eloheha

By Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz
Excerpt from an original babynaming ceremony in which the baby is welcomed into the covenant by perfuming her ears with myrtle.   more
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A Ner Nishamah

By Lori Lefkovitz and Rabbi Lenny Gordon
Lighting a candle, symbolic of the new soul born into the world. Can also be used like a yahrzeit candle to recall the departed soul for whom the baby is named. Also a covenantal symbol.   more
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Tallit

Some couples wrap the baby in a tallit, perhaps the one used as their chuppah, as a symbol of covenant. Others do so as a symbol of welcome   more
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