During Sukkot The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, hosted a Bris ceremony performed by Rabbi Levi Heber of Crown Heights.
Chaplain (Major) Rabbi Shmuel Felzenberg, a career officer and Chabad student, is currently serving as Jewish Chaplain at West Point.
He was approached by David Abramson and his wife, both currently stationed at West Point.
David, a Military medic who served fifteen months in Iraq, said: “I am a Cohen and I want a Kosher Bris for my newborn son.”
Rabbi Felzenberg and his wife Dina arranged the event and prepared the meal for the Bris, which was served in the Sukkah at the Chapel.
All present made a blessing on the Lulav and Esrog – some for the first time ever.
“At the Military Chapel,” said Felzenberg, “we are accustomed to gather for events that are less than joyous. However, to gather for a bris especially on this Holiday of Sukkot, is an experience that brings joy and pride to us all.”