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Jul 10, 2015


Initiation Society


Dr Martin Harris is a registered member of the Initiation Society,
the Anglo-Jewish organisation for Jewish circumcision Bris Milah (Brit Mila) established 1745. 
Dr Harris has been a registered Mohel Initiation Society since 1986.

Dr Martin Harris Circumcision Mohel registered Initiation Society



After the performance of Bris Milah (Bris Mila) ceremony follows the Naming of the Baby ceremony.

Families, friends and honoured guests are involved in the ceremonies:

Kvatterin (man) and kvatter (wife) are the couple who carry the baby in to the Bris room and following  the Bris, return to Mother.

Chair of Elijah: Kisei shel Eliyahu the Man passes Baby from Kvatter, and places Baby onto the Chair of Elijah.

 Miyad Hakisei the Man who passes Baby from the Chair of Elijah

Sandak (Sandek) holds Baby during Bris Milah.

Min Hakisei  After Bris Milah, Baby from Sandek  to the Sandek Me’umod  (Standing Sandek)

 Mevareich unosein es Hashem Mohel makes two blessings after Bris Mila including naming The Baby.

Sandek Me’umod (Standing sandek) After Bris Mila holds the Baby during blessings and Naming.


Sometimes several female friends and family guests are involved in the honour of bringing Baby from Mother to the front where the Bris Mila will take place. The last female friend or family or guest is the

Kvatterin passes Baby to the

Kvatter, who comes forward with Baby into the Bris Mila . Then

given to a man to be placed on the Chair of Elijah, and then taken off, and given to the Father. The Father formally appoints the Mohel to perform the bris and the child is placed on the Sandek’s lap. The Father says one Hebrew Blessing while the Mohel performs the Bris. Afterwards the baby is lifted off the sandak’s lap and given to the  Standing Sandak for naming, and then is brought back to mother by the Kvatter & Kvatterin.

(it is possible to amalgamate many of these jobs and honour one individual with several stages of the bris)