A girl’s name is officially given in the synagogue when the father take on an aliyah (the reading from the Torah during services which is considered an honor), after the birth.
Brit Milah, literally, Covenant of Circumsion, is probably the most observed. The ceremony is performed on the eighth day of the child’s life, during the day. Various blessing are recited, and the child is then given a formal Hebrew name. For more information about the Brit Milah ceremony Click Here.
As with most Jewish life events the ritual is followed by refreshments or a festive meal. Families are encouraged to contact our Food Service Manager Eileen Pettigrew, if interested in sponsoring a private ceremony here at Congregation Beth Yeshurun.