The Initiation Society is the oldest Anglo-Jewish organisation. Founded over 250 years ago, it has existed to to ensure the highest medical and religious standards for bris milah (circumcision) amongst our mohelim (practitioners). The Initiation society works in close contact with the London Beth Din and all of our mohelim have undergone formal training in the medical and halachic (religious) aspects of bris milah.
Every registered mohel is insured either with the Initiation Society or with an independent medical indemnity organisation.
If you have a bris milah which you would like us to perform, we recommend that you contact a mohel from the list on our website. The mohel will be able to provide you with all of the details you will need in order to understand and prepare for the procedure and the aftercare.
We provide services to the Jewish community and many other ethnic and religious groups.
Judaism and Jewish traditions
The religion, culture, philosophy and way of life of the Jewish people – Judaism – is filled with many distinctive characters that have their own charm. Although not everyone understands the reasons or hidden means of Judaism, the Jewish traditions have a certain charm that will make you appreciate them. Whether you have a Jewish friend or you want to understand more about this culture, here are some interesting facts about Jewish traditions you should know.
Do you have a Jewish friend?
Brit Milah – or circumcision, Kosher, Mitzvah and Hanukkah are not the only things that make Jewish people different from others. The first thing you should know about them is that the people of Israel have been using the lunar calendar even since ancient times. Because of that, they celebrate the Israeli New Year in other day than in the Western World. Rosh-Hashanah – or “The Head of the Year” – can be celebrated as early as August and as late as October because the moths begin their cycle in the end of summer.
If you have a friend who embraces Judaism, you probably already know that they do not celebrate Christmas. However, in this day they celebrate Hanukkah, the celebration of light. It is the time when they commemorate the “Miracle of the Oil”, which, according to the Talmud, at the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, burned for eight days, even though there was only enough consecrated oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for just one day.
Most Jewish holidays are traditionally accompanied by special meals. In the time when families gather together and remember the ancient stories they inherited, they serve the Passover dinner to recall the story of Exodus. Gefilte fish, injera and ptitim are some of the recipes you will consume on these special occasions. Certain holidays such as Shavuot are really fun, especially if you consider that during this festival dinner only dairy food will be consumed. Blintzers, cheese and yogurt pies will be savoured by the family members, who will then remain at the table and sing out loud.
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Heavenly miracles, stories of the Old Testament and bloody battles are a few epics and famous stories than any Jewish knows. Often retold when families gather together, for holidays, these stories have interesting meanings about faith, human error, greedy crooks and courageous people. Make time to find more fascinating things about Jewish people because you will never know who you will meet at the next party!