As if the holidays are not busy enough for our interfaith family, we have decided to do our daughters’ naming ceremonies in December.
When we had our first daughter we were undecided on how we…were going to raise her and what sacraments/traditions she would practice. After our second daughter was born we decided to expose our daughters to both faiths. More specifically, we became members of a synagogue and we plan on having them attend Hebrew school when they are older. At the age you would typically plan for… >> Read More
A child's name is significant in forming her identity; going through life as either Mackenzie or Maayan will probably affect her in many ways. Luckily, Jewish tradition offers some guidelines for…how to choose a meaningful name. All of these fall under the banner of custom or tradition--not law--so feel free to view the suggestions below as just that: suggestions. Pick what works for you. One Name or Two? Perhaps you--like many parents of Jewish kids in America--are looking to give your child both an English… >> Read More
So you've been invited to a Jewish baby naming? Mazel tov! Here are some notes on what to expect at this happy occasion.
Baby namings can take place anywhere, but it's most common for…them to be at a family's home or a synagogue. In warmer months, they might be outside. They might also be at a restaurant, depending on the size of the crowd. But don't worry, that's what invitations are for! 2. When? There's no set time for when a baby naming has to occur. Jewish law mandates… >> Read More