Baby Naming Ceremonies

Congratulations on your new baby! In addition to choosing a nursery theme, diaper brand, bottle type, pacifier, and so on and so on, have you thought about choosing a Hebrew name for your baby girl or boy? Selecting a Hebrew name is a wonderful way to welcome your baby and connect him or her to the Jewish culture. You can select a name based on your childís birth name or the name of a special relative. You can even start a new tradition by creating your childís own unique Hebrew name.

Humanistic Jews believe that: male and female children should be treated equally; that children of intermarried couples should have equal status, no matter which parent is Jewish; that the decision about circumcision is a personal one, and any procedures should be done privately; and that the purpose of the birth celebration is to name the baby and publicly welcome him or her into the Jewish community.

A Humanistic leader will work with both members and non-members to create a personalized and meaningful baby naming ceremony.


Jeffrey Schesnol has been Or Adamís Ceremonial Leader for 2 years conducting Shabbat and Holiday celebrations and services regularly. He has guided Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and our Adult Education discussions. Jeffrey is now in his 3rd year of Para-Rabbinic training through the International Institute of Secular Humanistic Judaism toward his 2015 ordination as a Madrikh (guide). He has qualified to add the role of pastoral guide and counselor to his responsibilities by performing Baby Welcoming/Naming or Adoption ceremonies of Brit Ahavah (Covenant of Love) or Brit Shalom (Covenant of Peace). Funerals, Memorial Services, and Unveilings as life affirming celebrations and remembrances which are performed with dignity and love. Jeffrey continues Bar and Bat Mitzvah services for children and adults as celebrations of the beginnings of coming of age and the maturity process with responsibility or a life passage of understanding and achievement celebrating Jewish community connection.