The occasion of a Brit Milah generally involves significant expenditures. The bulk of these expenses is connected to the celebration of the Brit Milah (the hall, catering, photographer, and perhaps even flowers and music) while only a small part is related to the actual performance of a traditional circumcision. The cost of the celebration will vary appreciably depending on whether you choose to have a large celebration in a hotel or a more modest smaller ceremony in a Shul or private home. In either case, it is customary to serve bread as part of the refreshments, so that the celebration can be considered a ‘seudat mitzvah’ in honor of the brit milah.
The actual circumcision costs include the price of the mohel and the purchase of various appropriate ointments and antiseptic agents.
The rates suggested by the Chief Rabbinate (as of November 2007):
Certified mohel: 750 NIS + travel expenses
Expert mohel: 1000 NIS + travel expenses
Since these are only suggested rates, some mohels who are in great demand may charge between 1500-2000 NIS payment for a circumcision. Physician-mohels may charge between 2000-2500 NISs. Certain mohels base their rates on their impression of the financial state of the baby’s parents, while others ask parents to pay them how ever much they think is appropriate. A small minority of mohels perform circumcisions for free.
In addition to the mohel fee, you will need to purchase certain creams and antiseptic agents that your mohel or pediatrician advises you to apply after the circumcision. The total cost of these items (a bottle of liquid pain relief medication, antiseptic soap, special ointments, and gauze pads), not including cloth or disposable diapers will run between 60-100 NIS (as of November 2007).