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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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Rosh Hashanah 2019

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and celebrates the creation of the world.

This year, Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday night, September 29th, and is observed on Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1st. All emails received from Sunday evening September 29th through Tuesday, October 1st will be answered on Tuesday, October 1st after 7:30 P.M. I will try to respond to as many emails as I can before Rosh Hashanah 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, September 22nd through Tuesday, September 24th, will have their brisses on Wednesday, October 2nd 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 3rd. I will be scheduling Brisses geographically on that Wednesday in order to accommodate as many families as possible so being flexible with the time on that day will be greatly appreciated.

Similarly, any families who live outside of Manhattan will be scheduled for that "make-up" Wednesday, as well if the Bris coincides with Rosh Hashanah.

  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 Rosh Hashanah 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 will result in a questionable and/or halachically problematic Bris. Although it may not be a concern for you, it 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, healthy and sweet New Year!


Yom Kippur 2019

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement observed by praying and fasting.

This year, Yom Kippur begins Tuesday night, October 8th and continues on Wednesday, October 9th. All emails received on Tuesday evening, October 8th through Wednesday, October 9th will be answered on Wednesday, October 9th after 7:30 P.M. I will try to respond to as many emails as I can before Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday evening.

A baby born by C-section cannot have a Bris on the Sabbath or a Jewish holiday. Any babies born by C-section Tuesday night, October 1st or Wednesday, October 2nd, will have their brisses on Thursday, October 10th which is a “make-up” day. Two days of Brisses will have to be scheduled into that Thursday. It is possible that some Brisses may spill over into Friday, October 11th. I will be scheduling Brisses geographically on that Thursday in order to accommodate as many families as possible, so being flexible with the time on that day will be greatly appreciated.

Similarly, any families who live outside of Manhattan will be scheduled for that “make-up” Thursday, as well if the Bris coincides with Yom Kippur.

  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 Yom Kippur 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 will result in a questionable and/or halachically problematic Bris. Although it may not be a concern for you, it 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 an easy fast and a meaningful Yom Kippur!


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.