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Circumcision critic has Board links

by JewishJournal.com

June 16, 2011 | 2:37 pm

Rebecca Steinfeld

Rebecca Steinfeld

A woman who called for circumcision to be banned is an associate of the Board of Deputies, TheJC.com reports from England.

Rebecca Steinfeld, the under-35 observer for New West End Synagogue, referred to circumcision as “male genital mutilation” in an article she co-authored in the Guardian.

Time to ban male circumcision? said: “Men, too, can be victims of unjust hegemonic systems tolerated in the name of tradition, culture or religion.

“If we oppose female genital mutilation, has the time not come for us also to oppose male genital mutilation?”

The under-35 observers, who attend meetings but do not have a full vote, were introduced to identify future leaders of the Jewish community.

Read more at TheJC.com.

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