Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

On the Performance of Circumcision

Adopted by the CCAR at the 96th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Whereas the legislature of the State of New York is considering Bill #7797, which states in Section 1, Sub-Section 2503-a, Paragraph 3, in regard to providing information to pregnant women relating to circumcision: "Such information shall additionally state that a circumcision performed by a non-religious practitioner does not satisfy the religious requirements of any faith"; and

Whereas the State of New York would be required, if this legislation passes, to establish what are and what are not the "religious requirements of any faith:" and

Whereas such determination would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits the State from entangling itself in religion,

Therefore be it resolved that the Central Conference of American Rabbis vigorously objects to this proposal and calls on the New York State Senate and Assembly to defeat it.