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Welcome Ceremonies for Baby Girls

Creativity and individuality are key components when figuring out how to welcome your new baby girl.

Whether you call it a Brit Bat, a Simchat Bat, or something else, here are some key features of ceremonies celebrating the arrival of a new daughter.

•    A song. Singing together is a powerful way to create a sense of holy space, to distinguish the time of the ceremony from that which preceded it, and to bring everyone together in fellowship. Someone leads people in a Jewish traditional wordless tune, called a niggun, which is easy for people to join in, or a contemporary Jewish or meaningful secular song.

•    An introduction welcoming everyone to the joyous occasion. This is a time to outline what guests should expect and note the presence of honored people in attendance–rabbis, special friends and relatives, and anyone else who has had a notable role in the baby’s first weeks of life.

•    Hebrew welcome. The Hebrew words Brucha ha-ba’ah b’shem Adonai–“Welcome in the name of the Creator,” are often recited by the person leading the welcoming ceremony, or by all the assembled guests, to greet the baby as she is carried into the room.

•    Blessings of thanksgiving by the baby’s parents. Birkat haGomel, the prayer of thanksgiving for having come through a potentially life-threatening passage, is traditionally said by a woman after childbirth. It is customarily said the first Shabbat that the mother has gone to synagogue after the baby is born, after reciting the blessing over the Torah reading. If she hasn’t done this already, the mother can recite Birkat haGomel at her daughter’s welcome ceremony.

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