Temple Israel of Great Neck

Where Tradition Meets Change

Baby Naming

While baby boys are named during the berit millah ceremony, baby girls are customarily named during a synagogue service at the earliest opportunity, usually on Shabbat.

The parents are called up to the bimah for an aliyah (when they recite the blessings before and after another person reads from the Torah scroll), and then the rabbi or cantor recites the following in Hebrew:

“May God who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, bless [mother’s Hebrew name] and [father’s Hebrew name] and the daughter born to them. May her name be known among the people Israel as [baby girl’s Hebrew name]. May these parents be privileged to raise their daughter to a love of Torah, to the Huppah (wedding canopy), and to a life of good deeds. And let us say, Amen.”

This is usually preceded by a similar request for healing for the mother.

To practice reading the berakhot / blessings over the Torah, click here.

Are you expecting a girl and would like to have her named at Temple Israel? Click here to contact the main office.