We welcome a Jewish child into the world with a baby naming (brit-milah for boys and brit-bat for girls). We consecrate their Hebrew name with blessings and prayers.
This service is generally held in the home, with a small gathering of friends and family. Rabbi Marshall will help you personalize your service with songs, readings, and blessings to be offered by friends and loved ones. The service includes sharing stories about the meaning of your baby’s name and the person for whom the baby is named. The ceremony ends with Rabbi Marshall presenting a hand-created certificate for your child followed by a reception for those in attendance.
“Rabbi Marshall provided a unique, fun, and well-thought-out service that was custom tailored for our daughter Lucy’s naming ceremony. My wife and I were continuously impressed by her prompt responses to our e-mails, her perpetually happy attitude, and her eagerness to accommodate our requests. She really got to know us during the planning process, and personalized the ceremony to fit our personalities and views of Judaism. She explained all the rituals inherent in the ceremony, and walked us through everything step-by-step. After the ceremony many of our guests complemented us on how beautiful the service was. We feel like we have gained a good friend in the process and would definitely recommend her to anyone needing a Rabbi. Thank you again Jessica for helping plan such a wonderful life cycle event for Lucy!” — Jessica and Will Burgamy
Rabbi Marshall put together such a beautiful service for our first daughter, so when our second daughter was born four years later we knew exactly who to reach out to for her Brit Bat. She helped us select passages that were meaningful to us as well as selecting the perfect readings for our participating family members. With our mixed religion household, Rabbi Marshall did a great job of respecting our family traditions and our unique relationship to Judaism. The service itself was so warm and welcoming, it really drew everyone together into a sacred space where our whole community joined together to welcome our baby. The text of the service is now a keepsake we will treasure forever. We can’t sing her praises loudly enough! –Jessica and Matt Wasse
Rabbi Marshall is able to help you find a local mohel for a brit milah and looks forward to helping you welcome your child with this joyous ceremony!