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  • Little-known non-cutting ritual appeals to some who oppose circumcision

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    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...

  • Tentative ruling confirmed: S.F. court strikes anti-circumcision measure from ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 28, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    Confirming Wednesday’s tentative ruling, a San Francisco judge ruled on Thursday to strike from the city’s Nov. 2011 ballot a controversial measure that aimed to prohibit circumcision of males under 18.

    The proposition attempts to regulate a medical procedure, San Francisco Superior...

  • UPDATED: S.F. court rules to remove anti-circumcision measure from ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 27, 2011 | 4:30 pm

    In a tentative ruling published this afternoon, a San Francisco Court ruled in favor of removing a controversial proposition that would have prohibited circumcision of males under 18 from the city’s November 2011 ballot.

    San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta M. Giorgi found...

  • Foreskin Man gets a new cartoon doppelganger: Smegma Man

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    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...

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  • Maybe San Francisco will wake jews up

    By Dennis Prager

    July 5, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    If San Francisco succeeds in banning circumcision, some good may come of it.

    Let me explain. I am a passionate advocate of Jewish ritual circumcision — the ritual circumcision of 8-day-old Jewish boys. I am even an advocate of circumcision generally. I was recently in Africa —...

  • Could Foreskin Man keep circumcision legal in San Francisco?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 1, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    In an ironic twist, the writer of a San Francisco ballot measure that would prohibit circumcision of any boy under 18 for any reason other than a medical emergency also created the evidence that could lead to the proposition being declared unconstitutional and being thrown off of the...

  • In S.F. circumcision ban battle, unusual tactics on both sides

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 27, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    The fight over San Francisco’s ballot measure seeking to ban circumcision for male minors in that city is getting a little weird.

    On one side, you’ve got a small group of religious Jews using Facebook to invite people to San Francisco’s Union Square on November 9. In the...

  • Proposed circumcision ban not merely a parochial concern

    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...

  • Coalition sues to keep circumcision ban off S.F. ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 22, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    The Jewish-led coalition working to defeat a San Francisco ballot measure, which would ban circumcision for boys 18 and under, filed a lawsuit there on Wednesday morning asking the city to remove the proposition from the ballot entirely.

    The ballot measure, which would make...

  • The great California foreskin fight of 2011

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 21, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    As luck would have it, the day local Jewish leaders gathered in Santa Monica to discuss the community’s response to a proposed ballot measure aimed at banning circumcision in that city was the very same day the proposition was rescinded by its proponent.

    Twenty-five people came...

  • Motion to vacate Prop 8 ruling over Judge Walker’s sexuality is denied

    By JewishJournal.com

    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...

  • Top 10 sharpest circumcision ban headlines

    By Jay Firestone

    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...

  • Innovativeness earns Covenant Awards for 3 Jewish educators

    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...

  • Circumcision Opponent Abandons Santa Monica Ballot Initiative

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    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...

  • In foreskin fight, even terminology is being disputed

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    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...

  • Battle over circumcision shaping up in California

    May 30, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    In November, San Franciscans will vote on a ballot measure that would outlaw circumcision on boys under the age of 18.

    Although experts say it is highly unlikely the measure will pass, the mere fact that it reached the ballot, and in such a major city, has caused much concern for...

  • San Francisco’s Curious Attachment to the Male Foreskin

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    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...

  • S.F. archbishop raps proposed circumcision ban

    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.

    ...
  • UPDATE: Anti-circumcision movement reaches Santa Monica

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 20, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    UPDATE: Santa Monica Circumcision Ban Ballot Measure Withdrawn

    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...

  • San Francisco to put circumcision ban on the ballot

    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...

  • Jewish group visits Native American vigil in Bay Area

    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...

  • Norway’s Jews oppose circumcision law amendment

    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...

  • San Francisco circumcision ban likely for November ballot

    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...

  • S.F. film festival to honor Kirk Douglas

    April 27, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    Kirk Douglas will be honored at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this summer.

    Douglas, 94, is expected to attend the July 23 festival to receive the Freedom of Expression award at a special 50th anniversary showing of “Spartacus.”

    The actor, born Issur Danielovitch,...

  • The Ninth Circuit Court issues a rare smack-down to a civil rights group

    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...

  • Can Jewish giving weather the transfer from one generation to the next?

    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...

  • Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund to close in two years

    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,...

  • Philanthropist Richard Goldman dies at 90

    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...

  • Jewish groups condemn effort to ban circumcision

    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...

  • ‘Milk’ captures doomed life of gay, Jewish politician

    December 10, 2008 | 3:59 pm


    The trailer


    "I'M FROM WOODMERE. I'M JEWISH. I'M GAY."

    Harvey Milk often carried a sign with those words on marches during his activist days in the 1970s, his nephew Stuart Milk says. The first openly gay man in the country to be elected to public office "was not religious or...

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