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Bris/Baby Namings

Welcoming a new baby into the family is such an exciting time. Mazel tov if you are reading this page because you are expecting or because you recently had or adopted a baby!

CRC's rabbis regularly officiate at the ceremonies used to welcome babies into the Jewish community - bris (also known as brit milah) ceremonies for boys or a baby naming ceremony for both boys and girls. The bris ceremony is traditionally held when a boy is eight days old, barring medical circumstances, and includes circumcision. Baby naming ceremonies, where the baby is given his or her Hebrew name, can be held for both boys and girls and can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for both the family and the rabbi. Both types of ceremony are a special time for friends and relatives to gather and celebrate the new child.

If you are interested in having one of CRC's rabbis officiate at a bris or baby naming ceremony, or want more information about these ceremonies, please contact Jen Fishering at jenf@centralreform.org.

Because our rabbis' schedules are often very busy, please give as much advance notice as possible, especially if you are planning a bris, which is traditionally held on the eighth day of a boy's life and must be coordinated with both the rabbi and the person performing the circumcision.