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Birth

Birth

We are delighted to welcome new babies into our community and share this special occasion with you!  Please contact our office and our Rabbi as you start to think about ways to welcome a new child into the covenant of the Jewish people and to our community.

Brit Milah (Covenant of Circumcision)

Brit milah comes from the covenant that was made between God and Abraham in the Torah, and the circumcision is a sign of that continuing relationship between God and the Jewish people. It takes place on the 8th day of the boy’s life (the day the baby is born is counted as the first day unless the birth happens after sundown). As part of the ceremony, the baby is given a Hebrew name. In some instances, the circumcision may be delayed for medical reasons. The ceremony may take place at home, at the synagogue, or other locations.

The ritual circumcision is performed by a mohel, who is often also a doctor. For the contact information of local mohalim, please contact our office. Our Rabbi will be glad to participate in the ceremony with the mohel, or the mohel may perform the entire ceremony.

Baby Namings

The giving of a Hebrew name to a baby girl may take place at any time. It is customary to do this during the first few months after the baby’s birth. The naming ceremony takes place during Shabbat services, as the giving of a Hebrew name is the way in which parents introduce their child into Jewish life and into a life-long belonging to the Jewish community.

The arrangements must be made in advance by contacting our Office. Our Rabbi will speak to you by phone or in person to plan the ceremony.

Adoption and Special Circumstances

We rejoice when a Jewish child is brought into the covenant through his or her family, regardless of age. Please contact our Rabbi to discuss the appropriate ways to welcome your child into the covenant and the Jewish community.