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Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter

Creating Jewish Ways to Welcome Baby Girls into the Covenant

Debra Nussbaum Cohen
Foreword by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

6 x 9, 272 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-090-2

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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 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 bat in 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.

“From the ceremony’s history and the nitty-gritty of planning the event, to the essence of the ceremony itself—the poems, prayers, and rituals that will make it Jewish and holy, it’s all here.”


“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

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.


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