Baby naming ceremonies
cross all religious and national boundaries. The
tradition of embracing a new life by the family began in
biblical times, when people believed that a child was a
gift of the gods. In many religions, there is a ritual
ceremony welcoming the child as a member of their faith.
It is at that time that the parents officially announce
what name they have chosen for their child.
For those parents who have decided to raise their child
Jewish, a Hebrew name is given to the child at a
“Baby-Naming” ceremony. Boys are traditionally named at
their “Bris” (covenant of circumcision) although in our
modern world, this ceremony may be completed shortly
thereafter. For a girl, giving her a Hebrew name can be
accomplished at a Synagogue on the first Shabbat after her
birth or at home anytime after her birth.
Giving a Jewish child with a Hebrew name is a
tradition. Parents usually choose a name of a deceased
relative who was righteous, educated, successful, and
truly loved, and whom they wish their child to emulate. I
will gladly come to your home and perform this touching
ceremony. Every one is personalized and includes
participation of parents, grandparents, relatives, and
friends. A “Naming Certificate”, which includes the
child’s English name, Hebrew name, and date of birth, is
presented to the parents.