Congratulations on your new baby and welcome to the Holistic Circumcision web site.

Traffic Advisory: Lincoln Tunnel/495 Construction Project
Beginning in August, 2018 and for the next two and a half years, the Lincoln Tunnel/495 helix will be undergoing major construction. This will have a significant impact on traffic in and around New York. I perform ceremonies throughout the entire tri-state area on a daily basis and while I endeavor to be early or on time to every event, this will make it much more difficult and challenging. Even though your event may not be taking place in New York or New Jersey, it could cause significant travel delays throughout the area. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.

Press Coverage:
Cantor Sherman featured in
New York Magazine (10/26/09)
See photo shoot video

If you are planning to have
your baby circumcised, consider a HOLISTIC CIRCUMCISION ceremony.

There is a quicker, gentler and more humane way to circumcise baby boys. A Holistic Circumcision is performed in the comfort and privacy of the home, not in a hospital or doctor’s office. A Holistic Circumcision is based on an ancient spiritual tradition, and has recently been shown by a number of scientific studies to provide important health benefits. Even the British Royal family has traditionally used a mohel to circumcise their sons. A Holistic Circumcision takes twenty to thirty seconds and the baby is healed within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Any discomfort to the baby is reduced without the use of injections or drugs.

I have been performing circumcisions for over thirty years in the context of the Jewish tradition (the Bris ceremony) and I realized that the general population could benefit from this if they only knew about it. With increasing frequency I have non-Jewish families calling me as they have attended a Bris and realized there is a wonderful alternative to a circumcision performed in a hospital or by a doctor, and that this is what they want for their son.The ancient circumcision tradition that I use has been handed down through the centuries and is designed to minimize the discomfort to the child. In the Jewish tradition, anything that increases the discomfort to the child is not permitted. In addition, I have performed more than seventeen thousand circumcisions using this technique.

Most of the information that one finds on the Internet about circumcision describes what is done by doctors or in the hospital. In general, the information on the Internet is virulently anti-circumcision and is designed to frighten and misinform. (Words like "mutilation" and "barbaric" are frequently used.) In a hospital circumcision (or one performed by a doctor), the naked baby is usually strapped down to a molded, plastic restraint with the arms and legs of the infant secured by Velcro straps. The hospital/doctor circumcision can take ten to forty minutes depending on the device that is used and the experience (or lack thereof) of the individual performing the procedure.

Even if doctors were to use the same procedure that I do, they do not possess the super-specialized training nor do they bring the same spiritual background and extensive experience to perform what should be a gentle, non-clinical event. I do not perform medical circumcisions; I perform Holistic Circumcision ceremonies that are infused with the cultural and religious traditions of the family.

As with any procedure, parents will be asked to sign an informed consent outlining the risks, benefits, changes and alternatives. Cosmetic results will vary from child to child and cannot be guaranteed.

I travel throughout the entire tri-state area including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties.

I have a flexible fee schedule which may or may not be covered by your insurance. If you would like additional information or you would like to schedule an appointment, please call me at (212) 595-0132. Press the (#) key to bypass the very long outgoing message. Indicate in your message that you would like more information about or are calling to schedule a Holistic Circumcision. If you call on Friday night or Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath) or a Jewish holiday, I will call you back as soon as I can after the Sabbath or Jewish holiday has concluded. Please make sure there is only one person making arrangements for the circumcision. Finally, Jewish or Interfaith families who are interested in a Traditional Bris, a Bris for the Sake of Conversion, Holistic Bris or a Minimalist Bris, please visit

Cantor Philip L. Sherman
Certified Mohel/Holistic Circumciser

More News:
Cantor Sherman featured on PBS
as part of "New York on the Clock" series

"Phil Sherman, Mohel:
Cantor Philip Sherman has performed over 20,000 circumcisions and claims he was at one time the only mohel in Manhattan. In addition to his mohel duties, he’s also the Associate Cantor at Congregation Shearith Israel on the Upper West Side, also known as The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. (It is the oldest congregation in North America, established in 1654.) We joined him for a bris he performed in Lawrence, Long Island. You can find him online at"

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