What you need to know before
the berit mila
Location: The ceremony should take place in a room appropriate to the dignity of the occasion. A large open setting such as a living room or family room is usually best. The circumcision itself can take place in the main room, or in a separate more private area if desired. I will need to see the baby in a quiet room just before the service, so I can explain the procedure to the parents, and examine the baby. I will also administer the local anesthetic at this time. I will need a sturdy table in the room where the circumcision will be done. This should be at least as big as a card table and accessible from all sides. We will also need two chairs, one for the sandek and one for Elijah. The room should be adequately lit as well.
If you expect parking will be difficult, please have a space reserved for me in front of your home or synagogue.
Ceremonial Supplies: Please have the following items on the table prior to my arrival.
Baby Supplies: Please have these near the ceremonial table so they are easily at hand.
Feeding: The baby can be fed up to 30 minutes before the scheduled time. You should also give him infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) drops, 1.25 ml, 1 hour before the procedure.