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Return to the Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families.


We could not have created this resource without the help of our devoted readers and contributors, who responded to our call in August 2006 for suggestions for birth ceremonies.

We would like to thank the following contributors (authors whose work originally appeared in another source include the name of the original publication):

Rabbi Lev Baesh

Cantor Ronald Broden

Anita Diamant

Rabbi Brian Field

Rick Fowler

Morissa Fregeau

Dr. Samuel A. Kunin

Mary Litman

Kathy Lowy

Keren McGinity

Rina Mello

Michelle Missner

Barbara Niles

Brenda Platt

Mark Reiss, M.D.

George Robinson (JTA)

Judith Seid

Julia Slotnick Sturm

Rabbi Kenneth S. Weiss

Lesley Williams


We would also like to thank the following contributors from our partner

Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Louis Jacobs (The Jewish Religion: A Companion, Oxford University Press)

Daniel Margolis (Second Jewish Catalog, Jewish Publication Society)

Patty Margolis (same as previous)

Michael Strassfield (same as previous)

Sharon Strassfield (same as previous)


We owe a particular debt to Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff, who volunteered his expertise to review this document to ensure that it is Jewishly "sound."

The Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families is also available in PDF or Word formats.

A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.

InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our new InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative providing coordinated comprehensive offerings in local communities.

If you have suggestions, please contact network at interfaithfamily dot com.

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