Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter: Creating Jewish Ways to Welcome Baby Girls into the Covenant

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An indispensable “how-to” guide for creating lasting memories and special ceremonies as you welcome your new Jewish daughter.

When a son is born, every Jewish parent knows what ceremony will welcome him into the community and signal his part in the Jewish people—the brit milah. What to do when a girl is born? How can you welcome your new daughter in a truly Jewish way, and celebrate your joy with family and friends? In the past, parents who wanted a simchat bat (celebration of a...

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Overview

An indispensable “how-to” guide for creating lasting memories and special ceremonies as you welcome your new Jewish daughter.

When a son is born, every Jewish parent knows what ceremony will welcome him into the community and signal his part in the Jewish people—the brit milah. What to do when a girl is born? How can you welcome your new daughter in a truly Jewish way, and celebrate your joy with family and friends? In the past, parents who wanted a simchat bat (celebration of a daughter) ceremony for their new daughter often had to start from scratch. Finally, this first-of-its-kind book gives families everything they need to plan the celebration.

  • History & Tradition—The roots of simchat batin Jewish tradition, how it has evolved, and how the past can be used to bring today’s dynamic ceremonies to life.
  • A How-to Guide—New and traditional ceremonies, complete with prayers, rituals, handouts to copy, and step-by-step instructions for creating your own unique ceremony.
  • Planning the Details—What to call your daughter’s welcoming ceremony, when and where to have it, setting it up, how long it should be, how to handle the unexpected, how to prepare a program guide, and more.
  • Ideas & Information—Practical guidelines for planning the event, and special suggestions and resources for families of all constellations.
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"All the historical, spiritual and practical levels you need…. An excellent resource for those seeking creative yet traditional ways to include girls and women into the rich tapestry of Jewish lifecycle events."
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, author of ReVisions: Seeing Torah through a Feminist Lens, and editor of The Women's Torah Commentaryand The Women’s Haftarah Commentary

“A fine resource for clergy and parents alike. A rich selection of readings and blessings is complemented by an intriguing description of naming ceremonies in the Jewish tradition.”
Cantor Erica Jan Lippitz, Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange, New Jersey

“A comprehensive compendium.... With exquisite sensitivity to Jewish ethnic, religious, and familial diversity, Nussbaum Cohen offers a great birth present for parents and girls and a must for every rabbi’s study, synagogue gift shop, or day school library.”
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America

Your Child Magazine
While the brit milah {circumcision)welcomes baby boys into the Jewish community, no similar standard celebration exists for baby girls. Cohen,a journalist, introduces and collects welcoming ceremonies that have been invented over the past 30 years, unearthed from Jewish commuunities around the world and adapted from other rituals. An array of prayers, readings, blessings, songsand rituals as well as several complete sample ceremonies, that concretize the childs entry into the community are included.Hebrew texts are accompanied by translations and transliterations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580230902
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 417,013
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Nussbaum Cohen is a mother and an award-winning journalist whose interest and specialty is writing on issues related to Jewish identity and spirituality. She currently writes for the New York Jewish Week. She has been the religion writer for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and has written for many publications including the Washington Post, New York magazine, the Village Voice, Moment, the Jerusalem Report, the Jerusalem Post, Sh'ma and Jewish Family & Life. Cohen lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, a parent, spiritual leader, and storyteller, is the awardwinning author of God's Paintbrush, In God's Name, God In Between and many other inspiring books for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The second woman to be ordained as a rabbi (1974) and the first rabbi to become a mother, she and her husband, Dennis, were the first rabbinical couple to jointly lead a congregation—Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis. They have two children, David and Debora, and three grandchildren. Sasso, who holds a doctorate in ministry, is active in the interfaith community, and has written and lectured on the renewal of spirituality and the discovery of the religious imagination in children of all faiths.
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Nurturing the Spiritual Imagination of Children
  • Tell Me a Story: Reading the Bible and the Religious Imagination of Children
  • Filling in the Blanks: How Women Read the Bible
  • Women and Judaism: A Personal Journey
  • Midrash as a Tool for Spiritual Reflection

Click here to contact the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2001

    I wish I had this book 14 years ago...

    This excellent resource would have been a great help to my family 14 years ago, when our first daughter was born. Nussbaum Cohen's copious research had yielded a wonderful guide to one of Judaism's newest (and best) traditions, the Simchat Bat. We wrote our own, but would have been enormously helped by Nussbaum Cohen's lucid prose and thoughtful guidance. A variety of naming ceremonies are offered here, as well as a broad range of choices for creating personalized naming ceremonies, or adding your own touch to one that Nussbaum Cohen supplies. This book is a perfect gift for a new family and a welcome addition to family and synagogue libraries -- certain to be used to welcome Jewish girls into the world for many years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    Great Guide To Welcoming Girls

    This book is a complete and comprehensive guide to creating your own Simchat Bat ceremony. It includes readings and blessings from a wide range of sources, lots of sample ceremonies and guidance on a whole range of related issues, like putting together a program for your ceremony. 'Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter' is indispensable reading for anyone with a Jewish baby girl in their life.

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