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Steady Hands

A short list of mohels recommended by local synagogues, Jewish community organizations, and parents.


Cantor Philip Sherman with 23 boys he has circumcised in the past three years.  

Cantor Philip Sherman
One of the most prolific mohels in the city, Sherman often packs in several ceremonies a day. Popular partly because of his openness to nontraditional families—including those outside the Jewish faith (917-448-2747).

Dr. Emily Blake
A obstetrician-gynecologist widely touted for her willingness to personalize ceremonies. Often includes English prayer translations and looks for ways to include extended-family members in the ceremony (917-405-0696).

Rabbi Paysach Krohn
A renowned speaker; his ceremonies are often described as exceptionally spiritual and inspirational (718-846-6900).

Dr. Dorothy Greenbaum
A pediatrician known for her warm demeanor and gentle methods, which include anesthesia (800-600-3022).

Dr. Jeffrey Mazlin
Obstetrician-gynecologist is touted for his vast experience, spanning over 30 years. Uses anesthesia and will travel to all five boroughs (212-517-9048).

Dr. Eric Diamond
The Long Island–based urologist performs all over the metropolitan area; touted for his quick and efficient technique and use of anesthesia (516-677-9672).

Rabbi Gerald Chirnomas
A Conservative mohel trained at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem; has performed thousands of ceremonies throughout the region (973-334-6044).

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Friedman
An Orthodox mohel and member of the executive committee of the American Board of Ritual Circumcision; popular for his calming, upbeat presence (347-992-0306).


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