Welcoming a Child
Judaism has a long-standing tradition of welcoming our newest members to the community at birth or adoption. Dating back to Abraham’s circumcising his son Isaac, as detailed in the Torah, Jews have created ritual to celebrate the arrival of children in our lives. Traditionally, we welcome boys through the ritual of b’rit milah, the covenant of circumcision, which occurs on the eighth day of the boy’s life. The twentieth century brought about the advent of equality and naming rituals were created for girls, which some families have chosen for their sons as well. Naming ceremonies usually occur within the first month after the child’s birth or adoption.
At Bet Ha’am, we rejoice in the opportunity to welcome our newest and youngest members. We celebrate these occasions at our Shabbat services and cherish the chance to wish a hearty “mazel tov!” to the family. Rabbi Saks is available in the months leading up to the arrival of your child to create a meaningful naming ritual for your family. You can contact the office to set up a time to meet with him. It’s one of the best parts of his job!