Below the Belt: Adult Circumcision for Conversion

Mitzvah of circumcision

When a man converts to Judaism he must consider whether he will have a ritual circumcision or the ceremony of Hatafat Dam (the ritual drawing of a drop of blood). These procedures bring up a lot of confusion, concern, and even fear.

This program will clear up myths and answer questions such as: Why does Judaism require circumcision? How is a mohel trained? Is he a doctor? What happens when you are with the mohel? What exactly happens at an adult circumcision? What about with hatafat dam? Is anesthesia used? Does it hurt? How long does it take? Where does it take place? How long is recovery? Does it change the sexual experience?
The first 30 minutes of the program we welcome women to come and ask their questions. Then all females will move into the social hall for refreshments while the men have an all male discussion. A man who has experienced adult circumcision will describe the experience and answer questions, as well as a mohel, Dr. Joel Piser and Rabbi Andrew Straus.

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 7:30 – 9:15 pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland

This workshop is taking place because guys have questions! I get emails and it is clear to me that this information is not readily available, so it is needed. Both Rabbi Straus and Dr. Piser are nice guys. They are happy to answer whatever questions you have. If you want to submit a private question you can email or mail it to me and I’ll give it to them on a 3×5 card to answer at the program — after the women have exited.

My goal is to make you comfortable getting the details you desire.
Call or email Dawn at Building Jewish Bridges.