- If the mother is Jewish, then the child is Jewish according to Jewish law and a traditional Bris Milah is performed.
- If the mother is not Jewish, the circumcision can be performed as the first step of a conversion should the child choose to convert later on in life. This would negate the need for a procedure termed “hatafas dam” that even circumcised males need to undergo when converting.
I do not charge a set fee for a bris. I would perform a Bris Milah for free if the situation called for it and have done so many times. Quite obviously, there are costs involved in terms of my time and expenses including travel, preparation, medical supplies and initial training. That being the case, I am usually paid for a bris, and the range is typically between $600-$900. If I have to travel a longer distance, it usually edges near the latter number. Please feel free to discuss cost with me if it is a hardship, cost should never deter anyone from choosing to give their son a bris.
Typically, within a 60-minute drive from Cherry Hill, NJ. If you live farther away, please contact me and I may be able to accommodate you depending on the day and timing of the Bris.
No, as long as the baby has been examined by a pediatrician to screen for any physical anomalies. This is typically performed in the hospital after birth. I will always do a thorough exam prior to the circumcision once I arrive.
Yes, I am more than happy to talk and meet with parents over the phone, via skype/face time or in person if our schedules allow for it.
Please contact me as soon as possible after the birth of the baby. If you are scheduled to have a cesarean section, please contact me once you have a date scheduled. It simplifies the process if you complete the Pre-Register and Schedule a Bris forms.
Yes, I can help with choosing a Hebrew name for your child. Some concepts to consider before we speak – do you have any relatives that you would like to name this child after, are you trying to coordinate the Hebrew name to a given English name either phonetically or in meaning, and is there a particular idea or character trait you are trying to capture through your child’s name.
Metzitza B’peh is a Jewish tradition to jumpstart and aid the healing process. Until the last century it was done by manually suctioning the blood from the Bris site. Today, this is typically done through a more modern and completely sterile technique, utilizing a sterile tube packed with gauze to ensure no communication of germs between the mohel and baby.