WHY HAVE A BRIS?
By having a bris for a Jewish baby, the parents link their son to thousands of years of Jewish heritage. From the very beginning the baby’s Jewish identity is affirmed. The bris is the beginning of a Jewish journey that will last a lifetime.
A HEBREW NAME FOR YOUR BABY
A Hebrew name is a gift you give your baby that lasts a lifetime. It is a symbol of his Jewish identity. Often a Hebrew name is given to remember a loved one who has passed away. Ether Hebrew or Jewish (Yiddish) names can be used. The Mohel can help in choosing an appropriate name.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE BRIS CEREMONY?
The baby is brought into the room by one or more people. This honor is called the kvater (kvaterin for a female). Next the circumcision takes place. The highest honor of the ceremony is the Sandek, the one who holds the baby during the circumcision ceremony. Next the baby formally receives his Jewish name. The Sandek for the Naming holds the baby while he receives his name. The bris concludes with a meal of celebration.
CAN WE PERSONALIZE THE CEREMONY?
The Mohel will allow you to make any personal comments you wish about this very exciting and moving time of life. A scripted ceremony can be read by family members and all those present.