With the latest turnaround by a San Francisco court removing the anti-circumcision measure from its city’s upcoming ballot, all of us who advocate circumcision on religious grounds can breathe a sigh of relief. Gone, 6 weeks ago, from the ballot in Santa Monica proposed for this...
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Tag: San Francisco
August 8, 2011 | 2:57 pm
August 2, 2011 | 5:54 pm
In the same week in which a San Francisco judge struck from the city’s November 2011 ballot a controversial measure aiming to ban circumcision of any male under 18, two reputable media sources reported on a relatively new, little-known ceremony that serves as a Jewish alternative...
July 28, 2011 | 2:11 pm
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July 26, 2011 | 1:27 pm
When the second issue of “Foreskin Man” became public, the anti-circumcision comic book’s portrayal of a villainous Jewish ritual circumciser, Monster Mohel, generated accusations of anti-Semitism against the comic book’s creator and against the entire anti-circumcision—or...
July 5, 2011 | 6:40 pm
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June 23, 2011 | 3:23 pm
Circumcision, or “brit milah,” has long been the stuff of cheap jokes and comedy. But in recent weeks, what used to be nothing more than harmless fare has taken on a much more serious tone. So-called “intactivists” on the fringe left of American politics have pushed the radical...
June 22, 2011 | 12:00 pm
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June 14, 2011 | 4:16 pm
A federal judge has denied Prop 8 proponents’ motion to vacate Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling against a ban on same-sex marriage over Walker’s sexuality, CNN.com reports.
A federal judge who ruled against a ban on same-sex marriage in California and later revealed that he is gay...
June 7, 2011 | 2:42 pm
Why does it seem like whenever a sex-related story breaks in the news, certain headline writers revert back to their 13-year-old perverted selves?
In this case, California’s debate on the proposed circumcision ban has prompted slew of awful, fully pun-intended headlines guaranteed...
June 7, 2011 | 10:22 am
Three Jewish educators have received 2011 Covenant Awards for excellence in Jewish education and innovation.
The recipients are Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora, Jewish educator at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; Amy Skopp Cooper, the director of Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, N.Y.; and...
June 6, 2011 | 4:28 pm
The proponent of a proposition aimed at banning circumcision in Santa Monica has abandoned her effort to put the question to voters in the beachfront city before beginning to collect any signatures.
Jena Troutman, a lactation consultant and self-described “children’s rights...
May 31, 2011 | 2:57 pm
According to the proponent of a ballot initiative to prohibit the act of surgically removing a male baby’s foreskin, the term “circumcision” is nothing but a euphemism.
“Having your foreskin amputated is probably more like it,” said Jena Troutman, a doula and mother of...
May 30, 2011 | 6:30 pm
May 26, 2011 | 11:02 am
I’ve always thought of San Francisco as the very paragon of a live-and-let-live city. But it turns out if has a curious attachment to the male foreskin. This November, believe it or not, a measure will be on the ballot to ban circumcision for all males under the sage of 18, making...
May 25, 2011 | 3:23 pm
San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop expressed his opposition to a city ballot initiative that would ban circumcision for minors.
Archbishop George Niederauer condemned the initiative in a May 23 letter sent to the San Francisco Chronicle, his archdiocese’s newspaper reported....
May 20, 2011 | 5:01 pm
Santa Monica residents may get to vote soon on whether circumcisions can be done in the beach city.
San Francisco residents learned last week that a measure would be on their November ballot allowing them to vote on...
May 19, 2011 | 12:29 pm
A measure seeking to ban male circumcision will appear on the November ballot in San Francisco.
More than 7,700 signatures from city residents on a petition in support of the measure were approved as valid by city officials on Wednesday. At least 7,168 signatures were required, and...
May 9, 2011 | 11:31 am
A dozen San Francisco Bay Area Jews visited an ongoing protest at a Native American burial site.
The Jews, who are affiliated with several congregations and social action groups in Berkeley, Calif., billed Sunday’s visit as a cultural exchange timed to Mother’s Day.
“We wanted to...
May 5, 2011 | 10:37 am
The umbrella organization for Jews in Norway is opposing a proposed amendment that would ban ritual circumcision on boys younger than 15.
The Mosaic Religious Community, the umbrella for Norway’s Jewish community and Jewish organizations, has sent a letter to Norwegian Foreign...
April 28, 2011 | 3:23 pm
A proposal to ban circumcision in San Francisco looks likely for the November ballot.
A group opposed to male circumcision told Reuters that it had collected more than enough signatures on petitions to qualify their proposal for the Nov. 8 vote this fall.
The measure, which would...
April 27, 2011 | 12:08 pm
March 11, 2011 | 4:01 pm
Have the courts that have often been tolerant of questionable claims of racial discrimination finally begun to run out of patience?
This may be the case. Recently the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals raised eyebrows by issuing a stinging rebuke to civil rights lawyers who...
January 25, 2011 | 2:28 pm
Last week’s news that one of the country’s largest Jewish foundations will close in two years, its assets to be divided among the foundations of its founder’s heirs, is shining a spotlight on a major question in the Jewish philanthropic world:
How will Jewish philanthropic...
January 20, 2011 | 1:26 pm
One of the country’s largest Jewish foundations will close in two years and its assets will be divided among the foundations of its founder’s heirs.
The San Francisco-based Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, which has about $280 million in assets, will close at the end of 2012,...
November 29, 2010 | 7:12 pm
Richard Goldman, one of the most influential Jewish philanthropists in the country, died early Monday morning in his native San Francisco. He was 90.
His funeral is tentatively scheduled for Friday at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.
As co-founder of the Richard and Rhoda...
November 18, 2010 | 5:27 pm
San Francisco-area Jewish organizations condemned a proposed ballot measure to outlaw Jewish ritual circumcision in the city.
The Anti-Defamation League, the local Jewish Community Relations Council, the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and the American Jewish Committee...