Babies

We have rituals to welcome both baby boys and baby girls into the Jewish community.

Within Progressive Judaism, we will consider a child to be Jewish if he or she has one Jewish parent (mother or father) and a Jewish upbringing. We welcome these children (and their families) to participate fully in the various education programs, services, activities, parties etc. that we offer for children and young people and ultimately to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to confirm their Jewish status.

Within our tradition, it is normal to circumcise boys. The ritual is usually a family affair, and the procedure is performed by highly trained professional mohalim. We have several mohalim with whom we work regularly and whose details we can give you. Our Rabbi will make every effort to participate in the Brit Milah or ‘Covenant of Circumcision’.

We also have a short ceremony at the end of a Shabbat morning service to welcome new babies (girls and boys) into the Jewish community. At this ‘Baby Naming’ ceremony the child’s Hebrew is bestowed on him or her in the presence of family members, friends and the congregation.

Contact the office (9819 7160) to arrange a Baby Naming, discuss a Brit Milah or make an appointment to meet with the Rabbi.