Baby Naming Ceremony Booklets
Looking for a clear, concise, easy to understand overview of what the ceremony entails? Be sure to check out these great resources including the Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families from 18 Doors.org (formerly InterfaithFamily) and the Brit Bat Booklet and Circumcision Booklet Great for Jewish and Interfaith families, in-laws or guests who haven't been to a baby naming ceremony before!
Choosing a Hebrew Name
Choosing a Hebrew name is a beautiful tradition going back to Biblical times. The name may connect the baby to their heritage or lineage, a particular relative they are named after or be a way to offer aspirations and hopes for characteristics the baby will merit through their name. If you want to learn more, check out this article from MyJewishLearning.
Rabbi Sarah can also help you choose a name.
Sample Ceremony Outline
Words of Welcome and Gratitude Blessing for Reaching the Present Moment by Rabbi Sarah
Reading by Grandparent(s) or other Relative (optional)
Blessing to Welcome the Baby into the Jewish Community by Rabbi Sarah
Blessing to Announce the Name by Rabbi Sarah & Words from the Parent(s) about the Name
Priestly Blessing - Family is wrapped in a talit (prayer shawl) by Rabbi Sarah
Blessings before the Meal - led by Grandparent(s) or Rabbi Sarah
Looking to add some additional readings or blessings? Here are a few!
Every person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique. It is the duty of every person to know and consider that this child is unique in the world in character, and that there has never been someone like them before. Every single person is a new thing in the world and is called upon to fulfill her/his particularity in the world. - adapted from Martin Buber
We are grateful for new beginnings and for the bond of new life that links one generation to another. We are thankful for the blessings of family that bring meaning and happiness to our lives.
We pray that you live a life of kindness and that you greet the world with passion, courage, humility, humor, and patience.
May you be blessed all the days of your life. May you grow strong in mind and body in a home filled with joy and may the bonds of our family sustain you.
What our families are saying...
We are all so grateful for the wishes, prayers, holy moments and closeness you helped our family create under your guidance. It was wonderful having you with us at those warm, intimate, and significant moments that everyone will cherish all our lives.
The ceremony was beautiful and so very meaningful -- thank you again!
-Sue & Mike
Thank you for everything. It was lovely and beautiful.
-Elizabeth & Kevin