BErit Mila - the Covenant of Circumcision

​Jenelle E. Little, MD, FAAP

  • You will need to choose a Hebrew name for the baby. If you need assistance with this, please contact me. For the ceremony, I will need to know the baby’s full English and Hebrew names, the parents’ English and Hebrew names, any family history of medical problems, and any complicating factors (interfaith marriage, out-of-town family, etc.). Please provide this information as soon as possible so I can plan accordingly. 

  • Feed and change the baby 1-1½ hours before the actual start of the ceremony. He may be dressed in a special outfit if you desire, but no pants please. A gown that can be pulled up is ideal.

  • If the ceremony is not at your home, please arrive early – at least an hour before the start of the ceremony. This will give you time to settle and feed the baby before I prep him.

  • Items needed for the ceremony:
    • 3 chairs - one is the Chair of Elijah, one for the Sandak, and one for the mother if needed
    • A table large enough to hold the baby, Kiddush cup, challah, and other items
    • Kiddush cup
    • Kosher sweet red wine or grape juice
    • An uncut challah
    • Tallit or wimpel for the chair of Elijah
    • Kippot for the guests
    • A table cloth
    • Candles and candle holders (if using them)
    • Readings or blessings (if using them)
    • Diapers and wipes
    • Large jar or tube of Vaseline