"Who is this tiny stranger with whom I cannot part? Although she is only one day old, she has stolen my heart." - Susan Flood


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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.


For couples in an interfaith marriage and have chosen to bring their child up as a Christian, they can accomplish a “baby naming” through their church in a christening or baptism ceremony. They may also choose to create their own ceremony of welcoming their child into the world. Traditions are different within each religion.

Copyright 2014, Bernie Zahn, Jewish Interfaith Civil Marriage Ceremonies