Helping Families Find Their Place.
Non-circumcising Jews may not realize they’re welcome in the Jewish community. Bruchim believes they have everything to offer and everything to gain from being involved in Jewish life.
Building Stronger Communities.
Those opting out of circumcision may be among the most ethically-minded and progressive members of Jewish groups. Synagogues and other institutions will grow stronger with their full participation.
Our “Welcome Boldly!” Event Is Being Planned
What People Are Saying
There is no basis in Jewish law for denying an uncircumcised man access to religious life, including bar-mitzvah.
“I’d like to point out that … failure to perform one mitzvah [does not mean exclusion from others]. That person continues to be able to participate fully as a minyan, be called to the Torah, participate in every way, and a child who is not circumcised at the age of 13 has done nothing wrong.”
“Jewish families who want to be part of congregational Judaism — whether or not their sons have been circumcised — should be not only included in Jewish life but embraced!”
“I think you must bring your child into the covenant, or you should bring your child into the covenant. I want to push that as an expectation. How it’s done — there are many equally valid options.”
“[W]e understand that some families and individuals are making the choice to not circumcise as part of the brit ceremony. There will always be a place for everyone in the Reform community, regardless of how they or their family choose to express their faith.”
“I must be sensitive to this trend and most certainly I must not close the door to their participation fully in all aspects of Jewish life.”