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Baby Naming

Baby Naming


Mazal Tov on the upcoming baby naming in your family and thank you for considering Nefesh as part of your Simcha.

As the Nefesh Office is a ‘virtual office’ open only part time ad-hoc hours, the best way to communicate with us is via email at


Fees and Payments:

The Shul will invoice you online prior to your baby naming. Payments are not tax deductible.



Shabbos morning:
Members: No charge
Non Members: $250

Shabbos Mincha (afternoon)/weekday:
Members: No charge
Non Members: $100  

Aliyot (Call-ups):
During the Shul service, the baby’s father is called to the Torah as per a regular Aliyah (call-up). After his Torah portion is read for him, Rabbi Moss will make a blessing on the safe arrival of the baby, the well-being of the mother and will also ask the father at that point for the baby's Hebrew name to include in a blessing and naming.

Traditionally the parents make donation to the Shul in honour of the occasion, that is left up to you. 

If you would like additional Aliyot (for friends or family) Rabbi Moss can try to include them as well. The number of Aliyot or additional honours (eg. dressing the Torah) will depend on what else is being celebrated or commemorated in Shul that day.

Feel free to let the office know the names of the additional people who you would like to receive honours in Shul, and we will be pass onto the Rabbi so he can do his best on the day, however they are not guaranteed.

Before the day please email with the following Hebrew names: 

  1. The new baby’s (If you prefer you can tell Rabbi Moss on the day, though usually people run it by him in advance).
  2. The baby’s father (inc. Cohen/Levi/Israel)
  3. The baby’s paternal grandfather (inc. Cohen/Levi/Israel) 
  4. The baby’s mother 
  5. The baby’s maternal grandmother


Sponsoring a Kiddush following the service

Your Kiddush must be Parev only. (NO DAIRY AT ALL.)

You are welcome to sponsor a regular Shabbos Kiddush in honour of your baby naming with a set fee paid to the Shul and the Kiddush provided in-house.

If you would like to bring some additional friends and family to Shul, simply let the office know and they will advise you of the total cost.

You are also welcome to add some soft drinks and alcohol yourselves to the Kiddush as these are not covered in the standard fee or menu.   

If you are sharing the day of your baby naming with another Simcha in the Shul (eg. a pre-wedding call-up), you may be able to share the cost of the Kiddush too with the other family. However you may need to liaise with them separately. 


Another option you can choose is to cater the baby naming as a separate and special event Kiddush. For this, you may use an external Kosher caterer whereby no fee is paid to the Shul.

Your Kiddush is comprised of three components 

  1. Food 
  2. Drinks 
  3. Paper goods (eg. plates, tablecloth, serviettes)

Please ensure that all components have been arranged. If you would like to engage our kitchen helper, just contact us for her details. 

Your catering numbers need to include the regular Nefesh community of 120ppl for Shabbos morning.  

All catering, drinks and paper goods can be delivered into our storeroom/ cool room the day before the baby naming just ask the office for instructions.  

Once again thank you for choosing Nefesh to be part of your family’s baby naming and please do not hesitate to contact us  at any point if you have any questions.


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