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Alternative Bris Support

Brit Shalom is a non-cutting naming ceremony for newborn Jewish boys. It may be performed by a Rabbi or other experienced lay leader. If desired, providers can aid parents in devising their own ceremony. This ceremony replaces Brit Milah (ritual circumcision). It has also been termed Alternative Brit (or Bris), Brit b'li Milah (Covenant without cutting) and Brit Chayim (Covenant of Life).

The Brit Shalom Providers list is available online at the Circumstitions.com web site:

Alternative Bris Support Group provides information and support to Jewish parents who question circumcision. I send out an information packet that addresses the Jewish issues associated with circumcision. It is quite extensive and covers a wide range of concerns from a Jewish perspective. Included in the packet are samples of baby-naming ceremonies so that Jewish parents wishing to celebrate the birth of a son in an alternative manner may welcome their child into the covenant (bris) without circumcision (milah). I am also available to speak to concerned individuals personally, on the phone.

The packet costs me $12 to photocopy & mail, which I ask people to send to me, Helen Bryce (rather than ABSG), at PO Box 1305, Capitola, CA 95010. In cases of financial hardship, I send the packet at no charge. Persons wishing to help me continue sending the packet for free to those who cannot pay are welcome to send me any amount they can spare. Checks should be drawn on US banks and be in US dollars, otherwise I can't cash them.

My phone number is (408) 475-3313. I have an answering machine and return phone calls ususally within a few days, unless it is an emergency. My e-mail address is: bryce@cruzio.com

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Circumcision Table of Contents

Alternative Bris

Jewish Support Groups for Intact Babies

Is it Anti-Semitic to Question Circumcision?

It's a Boy!

Jewish Issues and Responses

Fertility, Circumcision, Prostate Cancer

The Medical Basis for Routine Circumcision
A quest for official medical authorities of the western world that advocate child circumcision. The historical basis of the procedure.

Child Circumcision
How did it become popular in the us? Why is it in such rapid decline today?

Protect Your Son
How a father discovered, too late, that circumcision is not a good thing.

Self-Test for Sexual Sensitivity
How much of your sexual sensitivity has been cut away?

Do Not Promote Circumcision for Cancer Prevention
says the American Cancer Society

Penile Reduction Surgery
Quotes from the medical profession.

Sexual Mutilation
Quotes from internet resources.

Horror Stories
Many live with problems resulting from involuntary circumcision.

The Circumcision Decision
Answers to your questions about infant circumcision.

Care of Intact Boys
Answers to your questions about your young son's intact penis.

Anatomy of the Penis and Mechanics of Intercourse
The physical function of the foreskin.
by Geoffrey T. Falk

Listing of Publications and Organizations
Support for parents who want to protect their family from involuntary genital alteration.

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Glossary of Related Terms

Non-surgical foreskin restoration.