A new book called “Celebrating Brit Shalom ceremony” is being published by Lisa Braver Moss and Rebecca Wald. Brit Shalom is an alternative to Jewish circumcision respecting the bodily integrity of children. The fundraiser for the book has reached 1/3 of its goal in the first 24 hours. Here is a direct link to the fundraiser on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1811510440/celebrating-brit-shalom. Below is an article from IntactNews: http://intactnews.org/node/505/1403024861/first-ever-book-brit-shalom-alternative-jewish-circumcision-coming-bookstore-nea
First-Ever Book on Brit Shalom Alternative to Jewish Circumcision Coming to a Bookstore Near You
Kickstarter campaign launches for first-ever book on “brit shalom,” an alternative to Jewish circumcision
June 17, 2014
Oakland, California — Lisa Braver Moss and Rebecca Wald, both known for their writings questioning Jewish circumcision, have launched a 45-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the completion of a book to serve Jewish families who decide not to circumcise. They are hoping to raise $8,200 to complete the project with their campaign, which begins today.
The book will offer a choice of several original “brit shalom” ceremonies, along with tips and advice on holding the service and navigating family dynamics. Brit shalom (Hebrew for “covenant of peace”) is gaining traction as an alternative to brit milah, the traditional circumcision service held on a Jewish boy’s eighth day of life.
“Young Jewish parents are really engaged in the circumcision debate,” says Wald. “Some are opting out of the rite, but they still want to bring their newborn sons into the Abrahamic covenant.” Wald is the publisher of Beyond the Bris, a website that brings together Jewish voices that question brit milah. “Typically, a ceremony is put together on the fly. We wanted to provide well-researched and Jewishly respectful materials for this emerging ritual.”
“Currently there’s no book about brit shalom,” says Moss, a novelist and nonfiction writer who has been interviewing congregational rabbis while writing the book. She’s found that non-circumcising families are welcome in many synagogues, and rabbis are often willing to officiate at a brit shalom. “The Jewish community gains vitality by including these families,” she says.
One distinctive feature of the project is that an album of songs is being composed and professionally recorded. The songs are being produced by renowned performer Jason Paige, who recently wrapped up a tour as lead singer of the touring band Blood, Sweat and Tears. The songs will accompany the ceremonies, and will be available for parents and rabbis to download.
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For more information on the book project please visit CelebratingBritShalom.com.