Parents frequently call a Mohel to find out information regarding a Simchat Bat, or a baby girl’s baby naming. The truth is there is a tradition to name the baby girl in a synagogue followed by a traditional Kiddush where the parents and/or Rabbi would express words of gratitude for many blessings as well as the meaning of the name. Friends and family come to share in the Simcha occasion. Although I encourage parents to contact their congregational rabbis to perform the Simchat Bat, I have performed many “painless” girl baby namings across the United States and would be happy to do so for unaffilitated families.
The ceremony consists of a candle lighting ceremony and several readings that can be assigned to family and friends. In the first part I offer some meaningful words of insight into the girl’s special Hebrew name as well as a blessing on behalf of the family, friends, and community. The next part consists of the actual naming ceremony along with a Grandparent’s prayer in Hebrew and English for everyone to understand and appreciate. Last, and perhaps most important, the custom is to serve refreshments or a meal for all the guests to enjoy! (What would a Jewish Simcha be without food?)
As with a bris, I provide the family with a Baby Naming Certificate with all the proper Hebrew and English names and dates.