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Finding a Mohel in the Boston Area: Resources for Your Baby Boy's Bris

by JewishBoston.com / May 11, 2012

Updated August 20, 2012

And G-d told Abraham, "This is my covenant which you shall keep between Me and you and thy seed after you--every male child among you shall be circumcised." (Gen. 17:12) 

created at: 2011-03-07

As we are commanded, on the eighth day of the baby's life, the family will hold a brit milah, a brisor a circumcision ceremony. Many rituals and details make up the ceremony. These sites listed below are great resources for learning more about the traditions and expectations of a brit milah.  

Also below is a listing of many Boston-area mohels, ritual circumcisers. A mohel is certified and trained both in performing the procedure and in Jewish tradition. Please note: JewishBoston.com provides this list as a resource but does not recommend any particular mohel. Before hiring any mohel, we suggest performing the same kind of research you would do before hiring any health or ritual practitioner.

Resources:

My Jewish Learning: Jewish Ceremonies for Newborns

The Velveteen Rabbi: A Brit Milah Q&A For Parents  

InterfaithFamily.com: Rabbi & Jewish Clergy Referral Service (free to use, fully vetted for qualifications, as well as open to interfaith families, LGBT families, and others) 

Mohel Listing:

Reform

Dr. Patty Fater: 508-428-1969, completewellness@verizon.net

Dr. Leonard Finn: 781-235-3444 

Dr. Reuveyn Fraser: 781-690-1339, richardfrasermd@aol.com

Dr. Alan Green: 603-440-3444, mohelNH@gmail.com, www.mohelNH.com

Dr. Henry Lerner: 617-894-1397, hmlerner@henrylerner.com, bostonbris.com

Dr. Marina Rabin: 617-549-2818, marrabin@yahoo.com

Dr. Todd Shapiro: 617-734-9024, tshapiro1@mac.com

Dr. Scott Siege: 413-259-5234, siege.scott@gmail.comwww.mohel.md

Conservative

Dr. Robert Braitman: 508-208-1816, bobbraitman@gmail.com, www.mohelnewengland.com

Dr. Alan J. Green: 603-889-7383

Dr. Stacy Rubtchinsky: 781-576-9352, stacy@mybris.com, www.mybris.com

Dr. Henry Simkin: 413-586-8400, hsimkin@vmgma.com

Orthodox

Rabbi Shimon Miara: 617-783-2249, mohel2@verizon.net

Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman: 978-977-9111, rabbi@jewishpeabody.com

Unspecified

Dr. Barbara Bassil: 617-566-2922, barbarabassil@hotmail.com

Dr. Paul Feldman: mohelfeldman@aol.com

Dr. Joseph Glassman: 617-202-5143, omed613@walla.com

Dr. Barrie Paster: 978-388-5050 

Dr. William Steck: 973-731-1800, sowomens@gmail.com 

Bonus! ASK A RABBI answers the questions, "Our son was born on a Saturday. Can we have his bris on Shabbat?" and "How much does a bris typically cost?"

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Dr. Todd Shapiro did my son's bris.  He could not have been better.  Jackson looks like he was born that way.  Todd really prepared us for the ceremony and the surgery with compassion and wisdom.  He was especially sensitive to the fact that we are an intermarried couple and made sure my husband knew what was going on and why.  He spoke like a Rabbi and impressed all my friends, three of whom emailed me that night to ask me for his phone number because they knew someone who was having a boy or just wanted to have his contact information on file.  I am sure there are very good mohels out there, in fact I hope they are all fantastic, but Todd was amazing and if our next one is a boy I will not hesitate to call him. 

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