Judaism offers special ceremonies for parents to express their wonder and gratitude at the arrival of a new baby to the family. They also serve to welcome the child into the covenant of the Jewish People. The Brit Milah, the rite of circumcision, is an ancient Jewish custom that is performed on a healthy baby boy on the eighth day of life.
A mohel or a doctor can do this procedure. The ceremony includes giving the child his Hebrew name. The Simchat Bat, a baby naming ceremony, is a way to mark the arrival of a baby daughter. She is introduced to the congregation and given her Hebrew name. Please contact the clergy if you have any questions about these rituals or would like to make arrangements for a Brit Milah or Simchat Bat for your baby.