We compiled the Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families as a way to help interfaith families navigate the process of planning a birth ceremony. It includes detailed information about what takes place at a brit milah, simchat bat or naming ceremony, as well as information on ways a child’s interfaith family can participate in the ceremony.
This guide opens with background information on birth ceremonies in the Jewish tradition, including information on special concerns for interfaith families. It continues with sample sequences for birth ceremonies and concludes with a wide array of sample readings, prayers and rituals to include in your child’s birth ceremony.
Introduction to The Bris (Brit Milah)
Introduction to Birth Ceremonies for Girls
Unique Considerations for Interfaith Parents
Sample Sequences of the Birth Ceremony
Sample Introductions to the Birth Ceremony
Sample Readings to Welcome New Baby
Traditional Birth Ceremony Blessings
Sample Readings for Ceremonies for Boys and Girls
Readings for Discussing the Covenant
Adaptations of the Five Senses Ceremony
Sample Simchat Bat (Inspired by Dr. Seuss)
Sample Non-Cutting Naming Ceremony #1