Circumcision takes place on the eighth day following the birth of a son. Beth Jacob families have held this ceremony in their own home, in the home of another friend or family members, or at the synagogue. Rabbi Allen will provide names of mohelim (ritual experts in the correct way to circumcise a child).
The ritual traces its origins to the biblical narrative of Abraham circumcising his son Isaac eight days after his birth, and thus is the longest continuous ritual in Jewish life.
In light of the celebration of the covenant at Sinai we encourage parents of newborn boys and girls to receive an aliyah on a Shabbat celebrating the birth of their child.