Newborn Ceremonies

Newborn Ceremonies

Jewish Newborn Ceremonies 101

An overview of ceremonies to welcome baby boys and girls.

Brit Milah

Planning a Brit Milah (Bris)

What to do before your son's circumcision.

Newborn Ceremonies

Planning and Celebrating Your Daughter’s Brit Bat

Parents face many choices in preparing a welcoming ceremony and party for their baby girl.

The Brit Milah (Bris): What You Need to Know

Questions and answers about the circumcision ceremony for Jewish baby boys.

Quiz: Ceremonies for Newborns

How much do you know about welcoming baby boys and girls into the covenant?

What Is A Mohel?

This man or woman on the "cutting edge" of Jewish ritual, performs Judaism's oldest rite.

The Circumcision Debate

While Jewish critics have arisen in modern times, brit milah is still widely practiced.

A New Welcome for Jewish Daughters

An interview with the author of the only book on welcoming ceremonies for Jewish girls reveals much about contemporary Jewish life.

Interfaith Baby Namings

Planning a ceremony when your family is multi-faith or multi-cultural.

How to Negotiate Jewish Differences

9 tips to help your family get along, even if members observe Judaism differently.

History of Jewish Ceremonies for Baby Girls

Rituals & customs marking the birth of girls have existed since biblical times, but they've blossomed in the past 30 years.

The Elements of a Brit Bat Jewish Welcoming Ceremony

Despite the relative newness and great varieties of welcoming ceremonies for girls, a basic structure appears to have emerged.

Circumcision is a Difficult Rite

Circumcision, with all its pain, reminds us of our partnership with God and the pain of fixing a broken world.

What’s in a Jewish Name?

Jewish traditions for selecting a child's name.

A History of Brit Milah

Shifting views and philosophies about the Jewish practice of circumcising baby boys on the eighth day of life.