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FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Jewish Baby Ceremonies

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The hard part is over (kind of): you had a baby! It’s not quite time to relax just yet (or really, for another 18 years, at least). Now it’s time to start planning the baby naming ceremony, typically a bris for a boy and a brit bat or simchat bat for a girl.

Of course, we understand that a baby naming ceremony might not be the right choice for every family; baby naming ceremonies can dig up a lot of emotions and feelings for families, especially if different traditions and faiths are involved.

But, it’s important to remember a naming ceremony is a celebration of happiness and love. So, when planning, it’s better not to stress and remember the big picture: your new bundle of joy.

We know there’s a lot to think about, so we compiled a list of questions and answers to save you time:

What should I expect at a Jewish baby naming ceremony?

How do I plan a baby naming ceremony?

What are alternative rituals for baby naming ceremonies?

What does a girl’s naming ceremony look like?

How do I welcome a baby into an interfaith family?

What is a Jewish godparent?

Why is there no ritual for the completion of a family?

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