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Seeking 25 People to Join the Celebrating Brit Shalom Launch Team

Beyond the Bris - March 30, 2015 - 1:37pm
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Beyond the Bris is excited to announce that Celebrating Brit Shalom—the first book about Jewish bris without circumcision—will be published on May 15, 2015. As co-authors Lisa Braver Moss and Rebecca Wald approach their book launch, they’re inviting 25 individuals to join their Launch Team.

What Is the Launch Team?

It’s a peer group of individuals who care deeply about presenting parents of all backgrounds with rational alternatives to infant circumcision. Members of the group need not be Jewish. They are active on social networks and understand how to engage in productive dialogue about the circumcision issue. Members are willing to roll up their sleeves and help get the word out about Celebrating Brit Shalom, especially during the week of May 15. Why Become a Launch Team Member?

Mahatma Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Right now Celebrating Brit Shalom needs your help. The first week in the life of a book can make or break it. The week of May 15 is a critical time for this groundbreaking book to gain widespread attention. The authors need help to make this happen. But if the satisfaction of helping out isn’t enough to entice you, the authors are also offering some unique benefits exclusive to Launch Team Members.

Seven Launch Team Benefits

1. Launch Team Members will receive a free PDF review copy of Celebrating Brit Shalom in advance of publication.

2. Launch Team Members will receive a free download of the eight-track album Songs for Celebrating Brit Shalom.

3. Launch Team Members will be invited to a private Facebook group, where the Launch Team will connect with each other—and the authors—to strategize about launch-related activities. This will be a great place to connect and network with like-minded people!

4. Unless they prefer not to be publicly thanked, Launch Team Members will be acknowledged on Beyond the Bris, a site with over 4 million visitors to date. This thank-you can include a 2-3 sentence bio of the Launch Team Member, with a link to their blog or website, if they have one.

5. Being a Launch Team Member is a great resume-builder for those interested in social media work.

6. Launch Team Members will receive half off the $12.95 cover price on a one-time order of Celebrating Brit Shalom book/s. (Shipping not included.)

7. We’ll do a random drawing for a signed first-edition copy of Celebrating Brit Shalom, which we will send to the winner (U.S. only) along with a stack of info cards and a bumper sticker.

Three Launch Team Requirements

1. Check out our PDF and songs. Then write a brief review during the week of May 15 on or another e-retailer—or on your own blog or website (if you have one).

2. Help spread the word about Celebrating Brit Shalom to your existing social media network, and beyond, especially during the week of May 15.

3. Share your ideas and brainstorm with us in our private Facebook group about ways we can further expose our book to an even greater audience. All ideas are welcome.

How to Become a Launch Team Member

First, demonstrate that you'll be an active Launch Team Member by liking and sharing this post! We'll also need you to email info@CelebratingBritShalom.Com (or message the Celebrating Brit Shalom Facebook page) with the following information:

1. Your name and one sentence about yourself (required)

2. Your Email (required)

3. Your website or blog (if you have one)

4. Your Facebook URL (required)

5. Your Twitter URL (if you have one)

While the authors would like to invite everyone who applies to join the Launch Team, depending on demand they may not be able to do so. Apply quickly for the best chance of acceptance. If you’re not chosen, please stay tuned for future opportunities to get involved!
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The Weirdest Sculpture Ever—And Then I Saw What It Could Do. Incredible.

Beyond the Bris - March 24, 2015 - 6:59pm
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Italian artist Vincenzo Aiello has made what he says is the first-ever recreation of the male foreskin. Calling it an art piece, he's offering these ultra-realistic sculptures of "HuFo" to backers of his Kickstarter crowd-funding effort.
The purpose of the campaign, which seems well on track to meet its $40,000 goal, is to raise awareness about the human foreskin. Circumcision proponents claim the foreskin is "just a little piece of skin," but Aiello's sculptures demonstrate just how much tissue the adult foreskin comprises.

"HuFo" is made of a flexible silicon resin, so it can be wrapped around a model of the glans penis to accurately demonstrate how the foreskin attaches and functions. This information is sorely lacking in places where infants are routinely circumcised. As a consequence, even some medical professionals don't understand the natural anatomy.

In my mind, "HuFo" isn't very practical at $1000 per sculpture (yes, that's the price to get one of your very own). Nevertheless, the campaign is an awesome way to get the word out about the function of the foreskin, which is why I decided to back the campaign for a much more modest amount. Having done a Kickstarter myself, I know just how time consuming and expensive it is to put together a decent campaign and fulfill rewards, so while some might balk at Aiello's $40,000 goal, I don't think it's out of line.  

In the future, I would love to see reasonably priced foreskin models along the lines of "HuFo." I think this could be readily and inexpensively accomplished with plastic injection molding. These models could then be used by doctors, midwifes, and educators in a variety of settings, to give a hands on and accurate portrayal of the natural male anatomy. Perhaps this is what Aiello ultimately has in mind. I certainly hope so!

Aiello, who isn't a medical professional, is the president of Foregen, an organization he started "to research and implement regenerative medical therapies for circumcised males." To what degree Foregen will play a role in bringing about such regenerative techniques remains to be seen. Regardless, the artist's "HuFo" is certainly a great step forward in terms of awareness-raising.
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THE ECONOMIST: Against the Cut, The intactivist movement takes on the oldest surgery known to man

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 14, 2013 - 3:18pm
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that a magazine with its origins in Britain, a largely intact country, would take a sober and objective look at the San Francisco circumcision ballot measure. The Economist correctly concludes, “Whatever the fate of his proposed … Continue reading →
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ZIMBABWE: A familiar fear – one intervention at a time, likely the norm in HIV prevention

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 14, 2013 - 3:06pm
Many critics of the African circumcision trials drew the obvious conclusion that a push for male circumcision in Africa and elsewhere would result in a corresponding drop in condom use. In a partially useful risk reduction intervention, such a result … Continue reading →
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“Circumcise @Oprah” protest … Thank you, @GlenCallender

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 11, 2013 - 5:34pm
Glen Callender loves his foreskin. I love the size of his balls. Wow! Thanks, Glen, for sticking it to The Woman!
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OPINION: Intactivism, Anti-Semitism, and Foreskin Man

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 11, 2013 - 4:41pm
Growing up in Texas, the only Jews I knew lived in the Bible. As far as I could understand, circumcised boys were all my fundamentalist and not so fundamentalist Christian friends. Intact boys were foreigners or the kids who spoke … Continue reading →
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SWAZILAND: Mass HIV infection, shortage of medical personnel, and now false hope

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 11, 2013 - 4:06pm
In a nation where the HIV infection rate is said to be nearing 50%, people are desperate. Getting sick with wholly curable diseases can be life-threatening. Getting HIV is a short-order yet slowly unfolding death sentence. It may take 10 … Continue reading →
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GENITAL CUTTING: Geese get equal treatment in Africa at Dr. Piot’s urging

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 11, 2013 - 3:46pm
When the Kenyan and Ugandan studies were announced linking lower HIV infection risk with male circumcision, many sober voices immediately called for safe and consensual procedures by trained clinicians instead of those provided in the wild by folk doctors, if … Continue reading →
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Male Circumcision and HIV - July 10, 2013 - 2:49pm
This blog, Male Circumcision and HIV, is going on hiatus indefinitely. The way the world interacts on issues of public health and culture is changing. This blog was started before twitter and facebook and the social revolution that characterizes online … Continue reading →
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DENMARK: Circumcision associated with sexual dysfunction in men and women

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 10, 2013 - 2:23pm
UPDATE: Download paper here. Int J Epidemiol. 2011 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print] Male circumcision and sexual function in men and women: a survey-based, cross-sectional study in Denmark. Frisch M, Lindholm M, Grønbæk M. Source Department of Epidemiology Research, Statens … Continue reading →
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Change Again

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 10, 2013 - 1:57pm
I’m starting a “best of” effort to import old posts from Scroll down for posts in the order they were originally published.
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CNN’s “The Debate” asks, Should teens make circumcision decision?

Male Circumcision and HIV - July 10, 2013 - 12:14pm
Given a choice between the occasional teen obsessing over getting circumcised and a majority of parents obsessing over doing the circumcising for said teens before they are of an age to raise a ruckus, the former seems far preferable. This … Continue reading →
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