“It was nice to hear the explanation - the historical and the emotional. Nobody has ever taken the time to explain the ceremony before. The service was long enough and short enough. It was a perfect bris. He didn’t even whimper!”
Emily Brecker Greenberg
“It restored my faith in brit milah. It was gentle for the baby and for the community of family and friends.”
“When the baby nurse says you did a great job - you know you did a great job.”
“For the 8 years I’ve worked as a baby nurse you are the most wonderful mohel I’ve ever been around. The baby didn’t cry during the procedure, which is wonderful. There was no blood, no mess. You almost wonder if you are really doing the circumcision procedure. And no parent really wants to hear their baby cry during the ceremony. Would recommend you to all the parents having babies. They can call me for a reference.”
“I had three boys (who had brises) but this was the most meaningful ceremony I can remember!”
“When our pediatrician first examined our baby boy Abe, she said un-prompted, ’Wow! That’s a great circumcision! He’ll be VERY pleased with that when he gets older!’ We thank you again for your great job.”
“It was a wonderful and meaningful service. Well done technically, too.”
State Senator Allyson Schwartz (PA)
“I enjoyed so much assisting you at Issac Norman's Bris on 2/26. Your gentle kindess and expertise was a joy to behold. I am so glad the baby did well, it is always a nervous day for all :).”
“I sent this to my Rabbi:
I have regards for you from Emily Blake, MD, who performed grandson Grey's bris. And what a bris it was! I've never been to such a wonderful ceremony - and I'm not saying it just because it was my grandson entering the covenant and MY SON doing the cutting. Yikes!
She is one special mohel. She spent about a half hour ahead of time with the baby - settling and, apparently, anesthetizing him to the point that he didn't make a peep. Very civilized. And the ceremony was just beautiful. Even the Hindus in attendance were in tears. She was sensitive and inclusive and didn't make any cheesy jokes like many mohels do. She told me she considered her approach Reconstructionist-y and I would have to agree.
I wanted to tell you this not only because she asked me to give you her regards but because if you're ever called on to recommend a NY mohel, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.