Mazal Tov on your new arrival! Contact the synagogue office to let us know the details of the newest member of your family.
The Bris or Brit Milah is the covenant of circumcision, the removal of the foreskin as a physical manifestation of the passing on of the covenant with God first made by Abraham on himself and his sons. Traditionally this ritual takes place on the baby’s eighth day but should be postponed until a doctor declares the child fit enough for this minor procedure. Although the Brit Milah does not convey Jewish status on to a child it acts as part of the ceremony welcoming the child into the community. Many parents find the idea of subjecting their perfect new born to this medical procedure very difficult but the chain of tradition is something that has enormous emotional weight attached to it. However if you would like to talk to a member of our clergy team before your child is born or before going ahead with the ceremony we would all be sensitive to the different circumstances families find themselves in at this time.
If you would like to find details of a qualified Mohel who can perform this procedure, please contact Odelia Silver at the Reform Beit Din OSilver@rjuk.org .
If you would like your child to be given their Hebrew name, blessed and welcomed into the community, please contact one of the clergy team or the synagogue office to make arrangements for a baby blessing. These normally take place during a Shabbat morning service.