About Brit Milah & Brit Bat at Beth Or


“Be fruitful and multiply” is the first commandment. In the Jewish tradition, having children is not only a primary religious obligation; it is considered the crown of human experience and the source of the greatest possible happiness. The arrival of a new Jewish baby has always been greeted with happiness, ceremony, and a wealth of customs. 

Brit Milah - Literally, it means the "covenant of circumcision," and it hearkens back to the time when our ancestor Abraham entered into an eternal covenant with God, symbolized by the circumcision of all Jewish boys, traditionally performed on the eighth day after birth. This is one of the most defining and ancient rituals of Jewish identity. It is also one which brings up many questions for new parents. Please feel free to speak with Rabbi Marx, Rabbi Gerber, or with Cantor Green about any questions you have regarding planning for Brit Milah.

Additionally, we will be happy to refer you to a qualified Mohel, someone who is specially trained in the ceremony and procedure of circumcision, and who will help to make this a meaningful and positive experience for everyone involved. Your clergy will be happy to participate together with the Mohel in celebrating the simcha - the joy of welcoming a new baby boy!

Brit bat - To welcome infant daughters into the covenant, we have this ceremony which does the same with words and rituals.

Mazal Tov!

To schedule a Brit ceremony, contact Barb Murtha in the rabbi's office at [email protected].