Please have these Items Ready for the Bris
Before we discuss what is needed, there is some special terminology that must be defined.
- The Sandek: The person who has the honor of holding the baby during the circumcision, traditionally a
grandfather or close relative. The Sandek holds the most honored position at the ceremony.
- Kippah: A skullcap that Jewish men (and sometimes women) will wear on their head.
- Tallit (also called a Tallis): A prayer shawl that is traditionally worn over the shoulders.
On to the facts:
- Consent form signed and dated (downloadable here)
- A well lit room of sufficient size to accommodate the guests (chapel in your temple or room in your home)
- Sturdy table, at least card table size
- Non slippery table cloth
- Special chair (preferably with arms) to be used as the seat for Elijah
- Chair for the Sandek
- Chairs for elderly or disabled guests (it is traditional to stand during the bris)
- Kippot for the participants
- Kippot for the guests (optional)
- Tallis for the Sandek (and any other participants as preferred)
- Kiddush cup
- Kosher sweet wine (red is traditional but sweet white wine may be used)
- Small bowl to put gauze soaked with wine
- 2 disposable diapers
- Receiving blanket
- 1 box of 3"x 3" sterile gauze pads
- Vaseline (with or without zinc or aloe)
- Whatever else you may need to care for your child
Other optional items to consider:
- Pictures of relatives who have departed, especially those whom the baby is named after.
- Kosher challah
- Soft background music (discuss with Dr. Brotman if desired)
- Camera with empty memory card (or film if you still have it) and fresh batteries
You may also give your infant ibuprofen or tylenol 20-30 minutes before the ceremony.
For this info as a printable document please click here