Dr. David Oppenheim, Certified Mohel


Supplies Required

Please have these supplies ready for the ceremony:
  • Consent form signed and dated by both parents
  • A well lit room of sufficient size to accommodate the guests
  • 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)
  • Kippah for the baby
  • Kippot for the participants
  • Kippot for the guests (optional)
  • Tallis for the chair of Elijah
  • Tallis for the Sandek (and any other particpants 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
  • Candlesticks, candles and matches
  • 2 pillows — standard size
  • 2 standard size plain pillowcases
  • 2 burp cloths
  • Baby wipes and a plastic bag (stuff happens!)
  • 2 disposable diapers (sometimes twice!)
  • Receiving blanket
  • Bottle of formula or pumped breastmilk
  • 1 box of 3"x 3" sterile gauze pads
  • Vaseline (with or without zinc or aloe)

Other optional items to consider:

  • Pictures of relatives who have departed, especially those whom the baby is named after.
  • Kosher challah
  • Flowers
  • Soft background music (discuss with Dr. Oppenheim if desired)
  • Camera with empty memory card (film anyone?) and fresh batteries