Starting a relationship with a family often starts when they ask me to officiate at their wedding.
It is then my joy to get the email that a new baby is on the way. I share the family’s joy as they look forward to welcoming their new baby boy or girl. Sometimes a grandparent gets in touch with me because they are hosting the celebration.
For those who have a baby boy and do a circumcision (b’rit milah) in the hospital, we plan a baby naming ceremony for another time.
For a baby girl we also plan the baby naming ceremony at a time that works for the family. Sometimes families have these celebrations at a restaurant with a lot of fanfare; and sometimes they are lovely gatherings in the home of grandparents. Either way, the joy and the celebration are the same.
We come up with a Hebrew name for your son or daughter and I prepare a souvenir booklet that guests can use to participate in the ceremony and you can save for your child. Add a baby naming certificate, a challah, and a cup of wine, and we are ready to celebrate! And if you have a tallis and a kipah, we will use those as well!
The baby naming celebrations are all very special whether the new family is Jewish or an Interfaith family.