Your Baby Boy: A Brit Milah
Brit Milah literally means "covenant of circumcision." It is a symbol of the everlasting covenant between God and the Jewish people, as stated by God to Abraham (Genesis, 17:10): This is My covenant which you are to keep, between Me and you and your seed after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, so that it may serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and you.
When does the Brit Milah happen?
The Brit Milah is performed on the eighth day after the birth of a male child (it can be postponed for health reasons). In calculating the date, remember that the Jewish “day” starts at sundown; for example, a child born on Monday after sundown would have a Brit Milah on the following Tuesday.
How do I arrange a Brit Milah?
To arrange a Brit Milah, contact the synagogue office. We will arrange meetings with both Rabbi Eric Solomon and our Executive Director to discuss the details of the ceremony, which can take place at the synagogue or at home.
If you desire a local mohel, please contact Dr. Richard Adelman at (919) 846-9292 or Dr. George Tosky at (919) 781-7450.
Your Baby Girl: A Simhat Bat
Traditionally, the birth of a baby girl is celebrated in a Simhat Bat, which means “rejoicing in a daughter.” Most often, the parents of the child receive an aliyah (Torah honor) in the synagogue on a Shabbat morning. A more intimate baby naming ceremony at the synagogue or in your home is also an option.
How do I arrange a Simhat Bat?
To arrange a baby naming, contact the synagogue office. We will arrange meetings with both Rabbi Eric Solomon and our Executive Director to discuss the details of the baby naming.