Provides support and services to adoptive parents as well as to birth mothers during and after pregnancy. Full-service, nonprofit, licensed adoption agency and open adoption leader has assisted with over 3,000 adoptions since 1985.
The ritual of brit milah is performed to symbolize the covenant between God and the people of Israel. The brit (or bris) takes place on the eighth day of a male baby's life (provided there are no health problems). Traditionally, the brit is performed by a mohel, a ritual circumciser familiar with the relevant laws and customs.East Bay
Diversity sensitive, personalized brit milah ceremonies serving entire Bay Area. Interfaith education. 40+ years experience. Questions welcome; references available. Also officiates at brit bat/simchat bat.
Performs spiritual, meaningful brit milah ceremonies for all affiliations and interfaith couples. Board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years experience performing circumcisions with anesthesia/pain control.
Bay Area author-activist working toward open inclusion of non-circumcising families in Jewish life. Website offers articles, videos and other resources for Jewish and interfaith families who choose not to circumcise or who are considering other options.
Practicing Bay Area urologist/hand surgeon; husband/wife mohelim team, trained and certified by Hebrew Union College; performing personalized, spiritually enlightening brit milah and hatafat dam brit (for previously circumcised converts) since 1991.
The birth of a baby girl is traditionally marked in the synagogue when her father or parents are called to the Torah on
the Sabbath to give the newborn her Hebrew name. The past decade has seen the development of various naming ceremonies for girls. In fact, there is a growing liturgy around the brit bat, and various alternative rituals have been proposed. This ritual is frequently performed on the eighth day of a baby girl’s life.
Pidyon Haben (First-born Redemption)
A pidyon haben, redemption of a son, takes place 30 days after the birth of a first-born baby boy. The tradition is based on the belief that first-born sons were to serve God in the Temple. To redeem them from that obligation, five shekels were given to the Temple priests, who then served in the Temple instead. The ceremony today usually involves a symbolic charitable donation.