Beth-El Congregation

Baby Naming or Brit Milah


You are soon to be a parent! A little scary. Very exciting. What is more, this is a sacred moment, for you are fulfilling the first commandment in the Torah, “Be fruitful and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28) How do you arrange for a circumcision if it is a boy? What is the ceremony for girls, who are just as important? We are here to help!

As the time approaches, call Rabbi Zimmerman to discuss a Brit Milah (“covenant of circumcision”) or naming ceremony, which can be held in your home, at the hospital, or at Beth-El. The Rabbi can also discuss mohels and physicians in the area who do circumcisions. The “brit” is traditionally held on the 8th day (counting the day of birth), but namings can be done at your leisure, perhaps when grandparents or other family will be visiting. Namings at Beth-El can be stand-alone ceremonies or part of a Shabbat service. The Rabbi can also help you with choosing your child's Hebrew name.