December 6, 2011

This week I was at a beautiful baby girl ceremony.

My friends Shani and Ilan wanted to celebrate the birth of their second daughter, their fourth child. This ceremony was particularly pertinent because it took place on the baby’s 31 day of life, 31 days after Ilan’s father had passed away. Yes, the beautiful blessing was born the same hour that Ilan’s father left this world. My husband and I came early, as I had a work meeting and was […]
April 13, 2011

Jewish girl’s names and their implications

Judaism places a great deal of significance on a child’s Hebrew name.  It is believed that a child will live up to his/her name, so you want to give the child a name that you would want him/her to live up to! Ashkenazi Jews often name their children after a departed relative, while Sephardic Jews sometimes name their children in honour of living relatives. In the case of someone who […]
April 13, 2011

The Jewish birth mother’s prayer

composed by Shelley List and Yael Penkower. English: Master of the creation: You have made me your partner in creating a new life on this great and wonderful day. My heart is filled with joy! Let my husband and family stand with me and praise Your mercy. For You did not desert me in my wailing, nor forget me in labor: but You fashioned from this great pain a great […]
April 13, 2011

Baby girl naming formula in the synagogue

English: May He Who has blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, David and Solomon and our mothers Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah bless the new mother _____ (mother’s Hebrew name bat her mother’s Hebrew name) and her newborn daughter and let her be known in Israel as _________ (girl’s Hebrew name bat her  mother’s Hebrew name). In recognition, the husband and father has dedicated tzeddaka in their honor. […]
April 13, 2011

Celebrating the Birth of a Jewish Girl

–Searching for a way to celebrate the birth of a Jewish girl– There is no arguing that the Jewish baby boy who comes into this world is given a grand and meaningful welcome. The Hebrew word for circumcision is Brit Milah, and it means covenant. The newborn boy is welcomed into the ancient covenant that binds the Jewish people and their Creator. In recent times young Jewish families have expressed […]
April 13, 2011

Simchat Bat example ceremony

Because the Simchat Bat Ceremony is relatively new, there are many ways of celebrating it.  This is just one example of a ceremony that includes welcoming the child (reception), praise and thanksgiving as well as blessings. Reception The baby girl is brought in to the room where the family and guests are waiting. She is carried in turn by the women in the family as a symbol of the chain […]
April 13, 2011

10 fantastic ideas for your Simchat Bat

The best thing about having a “simchat bat” is there is no proscribed ceremony.  You can choose what works for you and your family. Here are a few ideas for your Simchat Bat: You can celebrate an intimate Simchat Bat for your close friends and family over a shabbat meal on the Sabbath in which the baby has been named. Or you can invite many of your family, friends and […]
April 13, 2011

Simchat Bat “How To” Guide

Owing to the fact that the concept of celebrating a bat mitzvah for a Jewish girl is relatively modern, and it is less proscribed than the bar mitzvah celebration, there are many wonderful and creative avenues in which to mark the occasion. The first step is to make some decisions: Decisions – WHAT: Sit down with your spouse, close family member or friend, and get a general picture of what you […]
April 13, 2011

Naming your baby girl – in a Jewish naming ceremony

There are other names for a Jewish baby girl naming ceremony which include “Simchat Bat” and “Zeved haBat”.  What is nice about Jewish girl baby naming ceremonies is that one can be creative and insert a lot of personal meaning into the Jewish girl baby naming ceremony, at the same time as using traditional Jewish customs. –Traditional Jewish baby girl naming ceremony— Traditionally a Jewish girl baby naming ceremony takes […]
November 1, 2010

Looking for a meaningful Simchat Bat Speech

Congratulations for deciding to celebrate your baby girl by having a Simchat Bat ceremony. Now you want to give a really meaningful speech which will express your feelings about your new daughter.  Tali and Debbie are Speech Writing Consultants who will help you craft a beautiful speech which will express exactly what you wanted to say, in the way you wanted to say it.   Client testimonial: “The ability to […]