A mohel flew from Florida to Alaska to perform a brit milah. Alon Razla, a Lubavitch businessman and mohel affiliated with the Florida-based Brit Yosef Yitzchak organization, performed the ritual circumcision on the 8-day-old son of an Israeli couple living in Anchorage. There are no mohels in Alaska, according to Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, co-director of the Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alaska.
Greenberg said there have been about 10 ritual circumcisions in the past 15 years in Alaska, all performed by volunteer mohels sent by Brit Yosef Yitzchak. Brit Yosef Yitzchak was founded in 1980 under Lubavitch auspices. It does not charge for circumcisions; families only have to pay transportation costs.
Mohels affiliated with the organization have performed more than 27,000 circumcisions in more than 235 cities, according to the chabad.org. news service.
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