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Below the Belt: Circumcision & Hatafat Dam for Conversion

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 with an adult circumcision and 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.

Free

Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica

 

Thu, 28 Feb at 7:30pm - at 9:15pm
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St
Oakland
94609
Dawn Kepler
510-845-6420 x11