In Israel, certified mohels are mohels who were licensed by the inter-ministry committee that supervises circumcision, a joint committee of the Health Ministry, Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Chief Rabbinate.
This committee monitors the training of the mohels – in both the practical-surgical aspects and the halachic-theoretical ones, their apprenticeship to certified mohels, and their practical and theoretical exams. This committee compiles an updated list of mohels nationwide, issues and renews mohel licenses, deals with complaints made against mohels, sets certain standards and guidelines, and runs supplementary classes on circumcision. A certified mohel with vast experience who passed additional exams earns the title of ‘expert mohel’.
You can contact this committee by way of
The Circumcision Division of the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate
80 Yirmiyahu Street, Jerusalem
Tel: 02-531-3141/2 Fax: 02-500-0278
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8:00-16:00
Click here for lists of certified mohels and physician-mohels in Israel (in Hebrew).
Uncertified mohels are mohels who trained and generally apprenticed under an experienced mohel, and received his personal certification of their competency as mohels. These mohels do not have formal supervision, and thus according to the regulations of the Ministry of Health, hospitals may not employ uncertified mohels or permit them to advertise on their premises.