John MacDonald

NEW RITUALS: Reverend Louis Caro Jr., left, holds his son while Philip Sherman, an Orthodox mohel, prepares to circumcise him.

Mohels Give Non-Jewish Babies a Slice of Tradition

When his son was born, Reverend Louis DeCaro Jr. was dismayed to learn that none of the doctors on call at Manhattan’s Allen Pavilion hospital had time to perform the circumcision. At a loss, the DeCaros turned for advice to their Manhattan pediatrician, Andrew Mutnick, who offered a simple solution: Hire a Jewish ritual circumciser, known as a mohel.