Mazal tov on this sacred occasion! I relish getting to know each family, hearing about the values and blessings each parent brings to the adventure of parenthood, and sharing a little bit about my approach to blessing and naming a child as we welcome them into community.
My baby namings include a more holistic approach offering a chance to mark this powerful transition as parents, connection to family history and loved ones who have passed, connection to personal spirituality, potential isolation as new parents, and the values you bring to your child.
My integrated 4-session package enables me to be there for families from the journey of pregnancy through the first year with their kiddo. This includes ongoing support--a gentle ear, helping you to stay close to your values as a parent, letting go of the small stuff, and a hearty dose of humor! One of the most powerful parts of my work is the joy of meeting people where they are with an arms-wide-open approach.
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1st gathering: An in person connection to discuss your baby's naming ceremony~choosing a Hebrew name and including family members and traditions in the ceremony. Then, enjoying an intimate personalized ritual to voice your hopes, fears, and values as parents.
2nd gathering: My customized naming ceremony at a location of your choice can include gathering with friends and family. For families welcoming a child in the Jewish tradition, this is called a brit-milah (bris) for boys and brit-bat for girls.
I 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 child's name and the person for whom the child is named. The ceremony ends with receiving a hand-created certificate for your child followed by a reception for those in attendance.
3rd gathering: We gather 6-9 months after birth to check in about how the parenting adventure is going! Together we plan a gathering with close friends to sanctify all that parenthood brings~overflowing love, patience, growth, compassion, and offer blessings for your child. This is a chance to recognize your tribe and include them on your journey.
4th gathering: After your child's first year, a communal (or individual, if you prefer) ritual marking this milestone and deeper connection to yourselves/your spirit/Oneness.
These welcoming ceremonies and rituals are perfect for Jewish families, interfaith families, and spiritual families.
I partner with photographers to offer a beautiful keepsake of your child's naming.
“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!