Cantor Mark Kushner has been practicing brit milah since 1977. He studied and trained under Yosef Halperin z”l, Chief Mohel of Jerusalem, at Bikur Cholim Hospital where he was certified as a Mohel in Israel. He has local certification from the Brit Milah Board of Greater Philadelphia. Additionally, Cantor Kushner holds a bachelor of sacred music and the certificate of Hazzan in Israel as well as an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a masters in Jewish education from Gratz College.
He approaches his responsibilities as a mohel seriously, carrying out the mitzvah with sensitivity, dignity and in as beautiful a way as possible. Cantor Kushner is shomer mitzvot and sets high standards for ritual practice in his personal life as well as in his professional life.
He wears surgical gloves and sterilizes his metal instruments in an autoclave after each use. All other supplies required for the brit are disposable. As is the preference of religiously trained mohalim, Cantor Kushner uses a Mogen clamp. He addresses any pain the baby may experience with a topical anesthetic, infant acetaminophen and sweet wine.
Cantor Kushner is in touch with parents following each brit and is always available to respond to individual questions or concerns. His daily travels take him from the New York metropolitan area to Delaware, from Harrisburg to the Jersey shore and all points in between.
Should you have a baby girl, Cantor Kushner is available to perform a Simchat Bat, naming ceremony, for your daughter.