The Reform Temple of Forest Hills

Birth / Naming / Brit Milah

Mazel Tov!

There’s nothing more heartwarming in the Jewish community than celebrating new life! Our clergy and congregation are excited to share in the joy of welcoming your little one into the family and the Jewish faith. We celebrate boys and girls with special rituals and recognition.

Brit Milah (Bris)

Traditionally, a baby boy enters into the covenant of Judaism with a circumcision on the eighth day of his life. A mohel or mohelet (a rabbi, cantor, or medical professional trained in ritual circumcision) leads this ceremony, sometimes joined by the clergy of RTFH. Such a ceremony can be held in your home or at the Temple.

Learn more about a Brit Milah at the Reform movement’s website.

If you need assistance finding a mohel or to inquire about using the Temple for a Brit Milah, contact our Office Administrator Sheryl Hausman at (718) 261-2900 or via email at .

Brit Bat

In Reform Judaism, we like to celebrate the birth of little girls with a special welcoming ceremony that marks her entry into the covenant of the Jewish people. This heart-warming occasion can take place at home or in Temple.  Our clergy are happy to guide you in creating a meaningful and joyful Brit Bat ceremony.

Visit here to see a sample Brit Bat ceremony.


Receiving a Jewish name is a sacred moment in a Jewish spiritual journey, and our clergy and Temple family would be delighted to be part of this timeless tradition.

One can receive a Jewish name–in Hebrew, Yiddish, or Ladino– at any time, most often between the 8th day of life to sometime in the baby’s first year. Many baby boys receive their Jewish name at their bris. Both baby girls and boys can be celebrated with naming and rituals.

Namings can be held during Shabbat services or in a private ceremony. Baby namings can be done for members, their families, or anyone seeking to celebrate their child as part of the Jewish community. To schedule a consultation, please contact our Office Administrator Sheryl Hausman at (718) 261-2900 or via email at .

Learn more about what to expect at a baby naming here.

You can also check out the Reform movement’s helpful tool for finding a Jewish name.