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Here you will find a wealth of information about the Brit Milah (or Bris) ceremony for boys, and the Baby Naming (Simchat Bat or Zeved Habat) ceremony for girls. Much of this information is repeated in different ways throughout the web site. I hope it will give you a good sense about my philosophy and approach to these beautiful rituals.


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Sukkot 2019/5780

Sukkot is a holiday of thanksgiving for the fruit harvest

This year, Sukkot begins on Sunday night, October 13th, and is observed on Monday, October 14th and Tuesday, October 15th. All emails received from Sunday evening October 13th, through Tuesday, October 15th will be answered on Tuesday, October 15th after 7:30 P.M. I will try to respond to as many emails as I can before the holiday begins on Sunday evening.

A baby born by C-section cannot have a Bris on the Sabbath or a Jewish holiday. Any babies born by C-section Sunday night, October 6th through Tuesday, October 8th, will have their brisses on Wednesday, October 16th which is a "make-up" day. Three days of Brisses will have to be scheduled into that Wednesday. It is possible that some Brisses may spill over into Thursday, October 17th. I will be scheduling Brisses geographically on that Wednesday in order to accommodate as many families as possible so flexibility will be greatly appreciated.

Similarly, any families who live in an area that requires traveling (like Long Island, Connecticut, etc.) will be scheduled for that “make-up” Wednesday, as well if the Bris coincides with Sukkot.

  1. Please do not make any arrangements or notify family or friends until you have confirmed the correct day of the Bris with me.
  2. Make sure only one person is making arrangements with only one mohel.
  3. For a Bris that will be properly scheduled, performed and recognized by all of the movements in Judaism and in Israel, please use a traditional, certified Rabbi or Cantor mohel only.

Please email me only if you are willing to wait until after Rosh Hashanah has concluded to make arrangements with me.

Waiting until after Sukkot has concluded will insure that your son or grandson will have a beautiful, proper and halachic Bris. It will be scheduled properly, performed on the correct day and will be universally recognized by all the movements of Judaism and in Israel. Bris arrangements that are made on the Sabbath (Shabbat) or Jewish holiday may result in a questionable and/or halachically problematic Bris which may have significant ramifications for your son or grandson in the future. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to be part of your simcha. Thank you and best wishes for a happy Sukkot.


Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 2019/5780

Shemini Atzeret is the Eighth Day of Assembly which is a closing festival and Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of the public Torah reading and the beginning of the new Torah reading cycle.

A baby born by C-section cannot have a Bris on the Sabbath or a Jewish holiday. Any babies born by C-section Sunday night, October 13th through Tuesday, October 15th will have their brisses on Wednesday, October 23rd which is a “make-up” day. Three days of Brisses will have to be scheduled into that Wednesday. It is possible that some Brisses may spill over into Thursday, October 24th. I will be scheduling Brisses geographically on that Wednesday in order to accommodate as many families as possible, so flexibility will be greatly appreciated.

Similarly, any families who live in an area that requires traveling (like Long Island, Connecticut, etc.) will be scheduled for that “make-up” Wednesday also if the Bris coincides with Shemini Atzeret or Simchat Torah.

  1. Please do not make any arrangements or notify family or friends until you have confirmed the correct day of the Bris with me.
  2. Make sure only one person is making arrangements with only one mohel.
  3. For a Bris that will be properly scheduled, performed and recognized by all of the movements in Judaism and in Israel, please use a traditional, certified Rabbi or Cantor mohel only.

Please email me only if you are willing to wait until after Yom Kippur has concluded to make arrangements with me.

Waiting until after the holiday has concluded will insure that your son or grandson will have a beautiful, proper and halachic Bris. It will be scheduled properly, performed on the correct day and will be universally recognized by all the movements of Judaism and in Israel. Bris arrangements that are made on the Sabbath (Shabbat) or Jewish holiday may result in a questionable and/or halachically problematic Bris which may have significant ramifications for your son or grandson in the future. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to be part of your simcha. Thank you and best wishes for a joyous holiday season!


NEW! I now accept Venmo. Once an event is scheduled, it must be confirmed with a $300.00 deposit through Venmo. No deposit is required until after the Bris has been scheduled.