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Birth

Brit Milah (BOYS)

Brit Milah, or “Bris” as we say in Yiddish, is the ritual circumcision of a Jewish infant on the 8th day following his birth. Despite some recent trends on the American scene to leave baby boys uncircumcised, circumcision remains a requirement for male Jewish identity even within the Reform Movement, the most liberal of the branches of American Judaism. Not only is it considered healthier, but it is the statement of identity for a Jewish boy. By giving their son a Brit Milah, parents affirm their son’s entrance into the Jewish People and the covenant between that child and God. 

One does not need a rabbi or cantor at a Brit Milah. Rather, a mohel is the Jewish professional conducts the service and performs the circumcision. There are many Reform mohalim who are physicians, usually urologists or Ob-Gyns. We are happy to help parents find competent and compassionate mohalim/mohalot to officiate. Just call the temple office. Oftentimes, families choose to have a smaller, private Brit Milah and a more public baby naming and blessing by our clergy members as part of a Friday evening service at a later date.  We are also happy to arrange such a ritual for you.

Brit Habat (GIRLS)

Since Jewish boys are brought into the covenant of the Jewish people through the rite of Brit Milah, a few decades ago rabbis began to create ceremonies for entering Jewish girls into the People of Israel. Some have a “Brita” or “Brit Habat,” a ceremony in the home that is akin to a Bris but without any medical procedure. Others have a baby naming in the synagogue on a Friday night during services. Whether you choose to have your ritual at home or as part of a Friday evening service, our clergy team is happy to work with you to create a celebration of blessing for your newborn baughter.  Please call our temple office to begin the planning process.