Medical professionals in the Jewish community who have a desire to serve as a mohel/et are encouraged to apply to the program. Courses are held once annually in a location in the United States or Canada , usually in a location where a need for Reform mohalim/ot exist. Eligibility of all applicants is verified prior to signing up for a course, so we encourage applicatiofns to be submitted as soon as possible upon deciding to apply to the program. Eligible applicants include:
A medical doctor, proficient in the performance of newborn
A certified nurse midwife who regularly performs newborn
circumcisions in the course of her practice
To request an application to the program, contact Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler by phone at (213) 749-3424 ext. 4291, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Submitting the Application
submitting the completed Application form be sure to include the
following required supporting elements:
A 2 to 3 page essay explaining why you want to become a
Reform mohel or mohelet.
A letter of recommendation for acceptance to the program
from your rabbi. Prior to
requesting this letter, you should meet with your rabbi to discuss your
application to the program. Your
rabbi should, in effect, be your sponsor – a person who can serve as
your guide and mentor throughout your training and service as a mohel/et.
A photocopy of your medical license.
A short description of your medical qualifications to
perform the procedure newborn circumcision.
Include a description of your training in the procedure and your
experience in performing it.
A letter of recommendation for acceptance to the program –
from the head of a hospital department in which circumcisions are
performed, such as Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Urology, or Family Practice –
attesting to your proficiency in the performance of the procedure, newborn
A letter from your synagogue stating that you are a member
in good standing
is the step-by-step process to become a Reform Mohel/et.
Once a complete application has been received by the Berit
Mila program, your application will be reviewed by the Berit Mila Board of
Reform Judaism to verify eligibility.
Once eligibility has been verified and the application has
been approved course announcements will be sent for all scheduled courses.
It is optional to sign up for a course that is offered, if
you wish to sign up for a course contact the Berit Mila Program for
Once all registrations forms have been received by the Berit
Mila Program, you will need to attend the course.
After the course is completed, a Final
Reflection is sent to
each participant. Each
participant is allowed one year from the end date of the course to submit the Final
Once the Final
Reflection is received by the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism the entire
file is reviewed with the Final Reflection and a certification decision is
course is four days of intense study.
The course usually runs from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on a
Thursday through Saturday, including a communal celebration of Shabbat, and from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on a
Sunday. Prior to the start of
the course, a course schedule, material and other course related
instruction will be sent. The
material includes Berit Mila in the Reform Context, by Lewis M. Barth, Ph.
D. and Ed. Schoen on Circumcision by Edgar Schoen, M.D.