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Circumcision Legal in Germany after Vote in Parliament
Religious circumcision is again legal in Germany after the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of Parliament, passed the final version of a circumcision bill today by a vote of 438 to 100.
Final Debate Begins on Circumcision Bill in Germany
Europe
She is now convinced that circumcision is a pillar of Judaism.
International Organization Breaks Down Barriers to Circumcision
North America
The International Bris Association aims to connect Jews to the essential expression of their identity, regardless of geographical, financial or knowledge-based restrictions.
Cured of Heart Condition, 30-Year-Old Undergoes Circumcision
Former Soviet Union
According to 30-year-old Igor Bargo, who recently underwent a late-in-life circumcision at the Ohr Avner Chabad Day School in Vinnitza, Ukraine, a heart ailment miraculously disappeared after he resolved to undergo the procedure.
Traditional Circumcision a First in Central Florida Town
North America
Ocala, Fla.’s first Orthodox synagogue made history once more on May 21 with the city’s first-recorded traditional circumcision, that of Menachem Mendel Hecht.
Florida Encounter Closes Circle on Life-Changing Events of 30 Years Ago
Feature
More than 30 years after the kindnesses of a stranger enabled a Russian immigrant and her family to successfully adjust to life in the United States, a chance meeting at a Florida hotel allowed the woman to reconnect with the now 83-year-old man’s family.
Vietnam Community Celebrates First Circumcision
News Brief
Jewish residents and travelers in Ho Chi Minh City celebrated a historic occasion just days before Rosh Hashanah when a baby boy became the country’s first Jew in modern memory to be circumcised.
Siberian Jews Undergo Ritual Circumcisions
News Brief
The Jewish community in Siberia’s third-largest city had a lot to celebrate last week in the joint circumcisions of three local men and one child.
Half-Dozen Circumcisions Take Place in Smolensk, Russia
Former Soviet Union
Jews in Smolensk, Russia, made history this past Shavuot with a collection of ritual circumcisions surrounding that of eight-day-old Dovid Mondshine.
Ukraine Jewish Community Opening Facility for Circumcisions
Europe
The rejuvenated Jewish community of Uzhgorod is marking the 65th anniversary of its takeover by Nazi forces by opening a new center for circumcisions and lifecycle celebrations at the local Chabad House.
Mountaintop Circumcision a First for Southeastern Peru
South America
All of eight days old, little Shalom Dovber Kripor made history as the first Jewish baby to be circumcised in the Andes mountains of southeastern Peru.
Five Historic Circumcisions in the Former Soviet Union
Former Soviet Union
Two babies in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, entered the Covenant of Abraham, while in Krasnodar, Russia, three adults chose to undergo ritual circumcisions as an expression of their Jewish identities.
Circumcision Makes History in Odessa, Ukraine
Former Soviet Union
For the first time in more than 80 years a Ukraine mayor hosted a public ceremony for his son’s circumcision. Alexander Gorvitz’s bris was presided over by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Avraham Wolff and a mohel from Brit Yosef Yitzchak.
Ukrainian Boy Follows Circumcision With His Bar Mitzvah
Former Soviet Union
Uzhgorod, Ukraine, first celebrated the circumcision of 13-year-old Yisrael Krilati. One week later, it marked his bar mitzvah.
Alaska Circumcision Requires a Mohel to be Flown-in From Florida
North America
Brit Yosef Yitzchak dispatched a Florida-based mohel to perform a rare circumcision in the state of Alaska.
Russian Industrial Town Celebrates First-Ever Bris
Former Soviet Union
Kindergartner Sasha Lelekov took on the name Aizik in the first-ever ritual circumcision in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk.
Russian Industrial Town Celebrates First-Ever Bris
Former Soviet Union
Kindergartner Sasha Lelekov took on the name Aizik in the first-ever ritual circumcision in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk.
Drawing Inspiration from Abraham, Seniors Undergo Circumcision
North America
Misha Gontcharov, 72, is not alone in getting a bris thanks to Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe.
In Abraham's Footsetps
North America
Adults enter the covenant of Abraham with a bris milah, or ritual circumcision.
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