There Is No Category for Mohel on Yelp
August 15, 2007 6:53 AM   Subscribe

We just moved to Austin, TX and have a new baby boy due next month. Of course I wait until the last minute, but does anyone have any recommendations for a mohel (ritual Jewish circumciser) in the Austin area? The ceremony will not be huge, since we do not know anyone here yet. My wife is not Jewish, so s/he would have to be accepting of that.
posted by JLobster to Religion & Philosophy (7 answers total)
I don't have a definite answer for you, but if you contact the JCAA they can probably point you in the right direction.
posted by puritycontrol at 7:40 AM on August 15, 2007

Best answer: Neal Pollock writes in Alternadad about "a guy from Houston called "Max the Mohel," a pediatrician from Houston who performs pretty much every bris in Texas. Since the vast majority of these ceremonies occur within three hours from his home, that's not quite as big a challenge as it sounds."
posted by schweik at 8:08 AM on August 15, 2007 [1 favorite]

When we had our first kid, (in Boston) the hospital had a list of mohels available. You could probably call the OB/GYN department of the hospital, and they could fax you a list.

Also, I'm sure any synagogue would be happy to send you a list or give you a referral, even if you aren't a member...
posted by Philbo at 9:56 AM on August 15, 2007

Best answer: His name is Max - Dr. Max Mintz. And it's true, he is from Houston and travels often to Austin. E-mail me privately and I'll give you his e-mail address.
posted by pomegranate at 11:52 AM on August 15, 2007 [1 favorite]

I would contact the Chabad of Austin and ask for a list of references. I don't know if they'd do it themselves, but they oughta have names.

Mazel tov!
posted by prophetsearcher at 1:35 PM on August 15, 2007

Friends highly recommend Rabbi Michael Rovinsky, a certified mohel, who has an office in Dallas. His website is; phone 800-85MOHEL; email Despite being in Dallas, he'll go to Austin, all over the country to perform bris. (At least he did a few years ago, according to my friends.)
posted by Smalltown Girl at 7:14 PM on August 15, 2007

UT's Hillel might be able to give you a name...Chabad might give you crap because of the mixed marriage. Try the Reform and Conservative synagogues, too.
posted by brujita at 7:59 PM on August 16, 2007

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