The Brit Milah Program of Reform Judaism seeks to make the traditional practice of brit milah available to Jewish families as a meaningful and relevant Jewish life-cycle ritual.
One of our primary activities is the training and certification of Reform mohalim to perform milah. The Brit Milah Program provides the religious training and education for qualified medical practitioners who have the medical skills, experience, and expertise to perform circumcision. Before entering our program, medical professionals must prove infant circumcision proficiency by having a signed document of support from their hospital chief of staff, chief of surgery, or other comparable professional with personal knowledge of the applicant. Upon satisfying that requirement, we assess their other qualifications for acceptance into our Certification Course where we train them in matters of Jewish ritual, liturgy, and education. The Brit Milah program, URJ, HUC, CCAR or any other associated body or individual holds no liability in regard to medical matters.
The mohalim certified by our program combine their preexisting knowledge of the circumcision procedure with a sense of connection to our Jewish history through ritual, prayer and the warmth of gathered family, infusing brit milah with meaning and making it a beautiful part of each family’s life-cycle rituals.
Additionally, Reform mohalim are inclusive, recognizing the diversity of families within the Jewish community, serving many families which Orthodox mohalim wouldn’t serve. Whether it is a family in which the mother has converted to Judaism, an interfaith family, or a family in the LGBTQ+ community, the Brit Milah Program recognizes that families of all types are committed to Jewish life and living.