When a baby is born into the Jewish tradition, s/he is welcomed with a ceremony that formally bestows a Hebrew name upon the child. For baby boys, this traditionally takes place in conjunction with a bris (Jewish ceremony of circumcision). For baby girls, and for boys who may have been circumcised in the hospital prior to coming home, we celebrate with a baby naming.

This short ceremony is usually held in the home of the parents or grandparents, with friends and other relatives invited to share in the occasion. As always, Cantor Jacqui will incorporate beautiful melodies and prayers, along with participation by parents, grandparents, and other special friends and family.

To speak with Cantor Jacqui or to schedule a naming ceremony, please email cantor@ahavaonline.org or call 617-213-7911.

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Dear Cantor Jacqui

Every now and again you meet someone who changes your life. While we are sure Natasha is too young to realize it - you have changed hers. A year ago we brought you a child full of potential but lacking the confidence to realize it. You have given her that and it is a gift that should last a lifetime. By extension you have also touched all of our lives. We are forever grateful.

Michele FS & Michael F

The service was so beautiful! Jacqui, your voice is amazing. We couldn't have asked for a more meaningful service. Many people came up to us and said it was the best Bat Mitzvah service they had ever been to. Many of these comments came from Conservative Jewish uncles to Protestant and Catholic friends. Everyone felt welcome and part of the service. Thank you so much for giving Maddy the knowledge and confidence to do such an amazing job.  We are so blessed and grateful. Thank you, thank you.

Margie G

I still think of you, your special patience, sensitivity, natural intuition, and genuine understanding of Eric which enabled you to work with him so successfully. You stuck with him and influenced him to turn things around from not really wanting to do it to ‘wowing’ his family and friends. So thank you - for all you do!

Barbara W