Simchat Bat

girlParents 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.


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….Your ceremoney was well received by all and certainly memorable. Many of the doctors present wanted to know how you could be so quick. You will be long remembered…..

Ira, Steph and Westley December 27, 2016

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