Naming Our Past, Present & Future

Here’s how we created an intimate Jewish naming ceremony for our adopted baby Quinn

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To Name or Not to Name: That is the Question

Who should receive a Hebrew name? What requirements should be met? Should a Hebrew name only come with a stated commitment from the child’s parents to raise their child Jewishly? What if one of the parents is not Jewish? What if the child might not be raised as a Jew? I have thought deeply about […]

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Celebrating Two Faiths Without My Parents’ Blessing

By Sheri Kupres Thirteen years ago I married a Catholic man from Chicago. I was raised as a Conservative Jew north of Boston. We met through mutual friends when I moved to Chicago. Prior to getting married, my husband and I agreed that we would pass along both of our religious beliefs to our children; we […]

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My 6-Year-Old Changed Her Name

Naming things gives us a connection to them. Even little children name their lovies and their toys. We label and name to organize things in our minds and to recognize things. How surprising it has been for me as a mother to have a child who says she knows she is the gender not typically […]

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Which Parents’ Names are Included in Their Child’s Hebrew Name?

Rabbis from IFF/Your Communities share their synagogues’ policies on which parents’ names are included in a child’s Hebrew name during an aliyah.

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We Are the New – and Real – Face of American Judaism

How a woman is excluded from her children’s Jewish identity despite her efforts to raise them Jewishly.

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The Battle for Uzi

I knew I wanted a Hebrew name for our son. What I hadn’t expected was my husband choosing a name that made me cringe.

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Adaptations of the Five Senses Ceremony

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

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Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families

Explanations and sample rituals and readings for interfaith couples planning a birth ceremony for their newborn.

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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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