How does a girl get her Hebrew name?

Boys receive their Hebrew names at their bris. Since girls don't have brises, they are given their Hebrew names at the synagogue during a Torah reading service.  Traditionally, the baby girl's father is called up to the Torah for an aliyah, during which the rabbi says the prayer giving his daughter her Hebrew name. The synagogue may provide a naming certificate, similar to the certificate a boy receives at his bris Many families choose to have a more elaborate naming ceremony and party, in addition to the official naming at shul. This can be done at their home, at the synagogue, or elsewhere. Please check with your rabbi about arranging this.

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