WHAT IS A BRIS?
A bris is a Jewish ceremony during which a baby boy is brought into the Covenant of the Jewish people. Bris is the Hebrew word for covenant. The complete ceremony includes circumcision and is sometimes called Brit Milah (Covenant of Circumcision).
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE COVENANT?
The Covenant between God and the Jewish people is nearly 4,000 years old. According to the Biblical book of Genesis, the first Jew to enter into the covenant was the patriarch Abraham. In the Covenant, God promised Abraham that he would make him the father of a great nation, Israel. Abraham promised God that he, and all of his descendants would follow a special way of life and try and make the world a better place for all people. By entering our children into the Covenant we affirm that, as Jews, they have a sacred obligation to improve the world.