Our Son’s Bris Shalom, or Welcoming Covenant

A template for an alternative secular Jewish ceremony to welcome a son with no circumcision.

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Planning a Brit Milah: What To Do Besides Calling the Mohel

Reprinted professional advice on how to pick a mohel, how a bris works, when it occurs and what you’ll need for it.

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Sample Readings for Ceremonies for Boys and Girls

Ideas for sample readings for a bris or circumcision or other Jewish birth or baby-naming ceremony.

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Sample Sequences of the Birth Ceremony

Different ideas for the order of rituals for an interfaith birth ceremony.

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Baby Naming

There are no rules in the Jewish tradition for how to name a child. Jews from different parts of the world follow different, sometimes contrary practices.

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Adaptations of the Five Senses Ceremony

Versions of the Five Senses Ceremony, a Jewish birth ceremony.

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Blessings Over Bread and Wine

Kiddush, the Hebrew blessing over the wine, and Hamotzi, the Hebrew blessing over bread.

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Additional Ideas for Ceremony

Additional ideas for an interfaith, Jewish baby naming ceremony.

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Choosing a Birth Ceremony and Telling My Parents

Professional view from a Reform outreach director–and convert to Judaism–discussing her parents’ anxieties over their grandchildren’s circumcision.

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Circumcision, Pros and Cons

A brief summary of the debate over Jewish ritual circumcision.

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