Preparation for the Ceremony
  • Table - Area to display the kiddush cup, wine, and challah.  If you prefer, there may be candles or other personal items (pictures, symbols) to enhance the ceremony. 
  • Two chairs- one for the Sandak and one to symbolize Elijah’s presence.
  • Pillow with a non-slippery cover to lie on the Sandak’s lap.
  • Good lighting
  • Kiddush cup
  • Wine - you may also have small cups of wine for the guests.
  • Challah
  • Kippot for the father/ parents, or guests if you'd like.
  • Tallit if you have a special one you'd like to use, otherwise I can provide one. Optional items can include candles, flowers, pictures, readings, symbols to enhance the ceremony.
  • For the baby naming, parents, family members or friends are encouraged to prepare and write down some words about the person/s for which the baby is being named. Who were they? Where did they live and what did they do? Describe perhaps a story and/or what traits or attributes they embodied, which you hope your child will inherit. This will be read during the naming ceremony.
  • For the ceremony, please have a diaper, wipes, burp cloth and a light (thin) receiving blanket available.
  • On the day of the bris, please finish feeding the baby one hour prior to the ceremony.


  • Items for post-circumcision care:
  • Tube of plain Vaseline
  • Gauze (if you prefer)