Simchat Bat

Historically, a daughter was initiated into the covenant and then named through her father or grandfather having an aliyah to the Torah.  This act symbolizes Israel receiving the covenant at Sinai where all Jews– women, men and children were present.  However, over the last forty years the movement for egalitarianism in Judaism has led to the development of a variety of ceremonies for welcoming a baby girl into the covenant directly.  The synagogue has a book of ceremonies that may be used to mark the naming of a daughter, and Rabbi Allen will discuss these options with you when you meet.

Some families prefer to hold the naming on the eighth day after her birth to directly parallel the brit milah.  Some families hold the naming on the Shabbat following the daughter’s birth.  Please discuss with Rabbi Allen the timing of this event.

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