Birth

Birth

Upon the birth of a Jewish child, both family and community join in the celebration. The Synagogue’s Ministers are available to offer guidance regarding the early lifecycle events for your newborn. A Brit Milah, marking the covenant of circumcision, can occur either at home or within the synagogue premises. We can recommend a proficient mohel and assist in arranging a breakfast to commemorate the occasion. Additionally, in specific instances, a first-born son not only undergoes Brit Milah but is also ‘redeemed’ of his special sanctity thirty days post-birth by a Cohen. Should there be no family member or friend available to fulfil this role, we can facilitate this ceremony, including locating a suitable Cohen. 

 

According to tradition, a baby girl receives her name for the first time when her father is called to the Torah following her birth. This ceremony can be conducted on Shabbat or, if preferred, on a more subdued day like Monday or Thursday. During a Shabbat naming, the entire family accompanies the girl to the Bimah before Adon Olam, with female relatives opening and closing the Ark, and the Rabbi offering blessings upon the baby. Following the service, the family often sponsors a Kiddush to further commemorate the occasion.