Most probably "sandek" >from the Hebrew "sandak" -- the person who holds =
the male infant on his knees during the circumcision. A role often =
given to the child's grandfather, and sometime to other honored members =
in the family or community. A sandak has a special relationship to the =
baby, somewhat similar in a way to a godfather.
The movie "The Godfather" was called "Ha (the) Sandak" in Hebrew.