Bris/Baby Naming


baby feet in mother hands - hearth shapeMazel Tov!

Our clergy and Temple Emanuel community would be honored to take part in helping to celebrate your new baby and welcoming him/her into the covenant if interested.

Bris/Brit Milah*

A Brit Milah is a ritual circumcision held when the boy is eight days old even on Shabbat or holidays, unless he is sick. (In that case, speak to the rabbi to determine the proper time to have the Brit Milah.) The circumcision is performed by a Mohel. The time of the service is set with the person performing the circumcision. If you have a boy, be sure to tell the hospital and the doctor you do not want him circumcised until the appropriate ceremony. After the circumcision is completed, a prayer is read to announce the boy’s name. Most mohels have a number of service formats for the ceremony, to allow parents, grandparents and those attending to participate.

We have provided a few additional resources for you to review:

Alternative Option: Boy Baby Naming (see below)

If the circumcision takes place at a hospital, the celebration afterward can be held at home, in the Synagogue or at the hospital.

Baby Naming/ Simchat Bat*

Beautiful newborn baby boy sleeping in his mother arms

A baby girl is named at a Synagogue service during the Torah reading on Shabbat. The parents come forward for an aliyah with the child, after which a prayer is read giving the name. Although there is no set time after the birth that the naming must take place, it has become traditional to give the name within a month of birth.

Who to call!

  • If you are holding a bris – please call Mohel of your choosing first – Temple Emanuel Recommended Mohelim or New England Mohelim
  • If you would like to hold the bris at Temple Emanuel, please contact Erin (617-558-8127) to reserve a space.
  • If you would like to sponsor a Kiddush in your baby’s honor, please contact Erin (617-558-8127).
  • If you would like a rabbi present at your bris, please contact Joan (617-558-8101).
  • If you would like a baby naming for a boy or a girl, please contact Tessa (617-558-8111).

A Hebrew Name*

The prospect of new life brings a time of great joy and anticipation. At some point, parents must decide what the baby’s Hebrew name will be. Giving a child a Hebrew name reflects a commitment to our Jewish heritage. Just as with an English name, it is important to spend some time selecting the name. Please read this guide for more information.

*Excerpts from The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism H.E.L.P. Home Education Library Project publication.

Our Baby is Named. Now What?

When the celebrations have completed and you are settled in, please join Temple Emanuel’s group for young families, Dor Chadash and let Shoshana Jacob know about your new arrival!

Be sure to reserve your spot at the Temple Emanuel Preschool as well! Preschool accepts children aged 18 months – 5 years!