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May 27, 2011

Following are experts who are available to discuss various aspects of the ban on circumcision set to appear on the November ballot in San Francisco, including health issues, religious implications and parenting considerations.

**1. Howie Beigelman, deputy director of public policy for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), based in New York: "The Orthodox Union, as the nation's largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella group, opposes the ban and believes such a move is an unconstitutional infringement on religious liberty." Beigelman, Twitter: @howielb

**2. Aaron Witz, M.D., is a Seattle-based pediatrician with the Swedish Medical Center (Swedish Medical Group) who specializes in circumcision: "As parents, you will need to decide whether to have your son circumcised." Swedish Medical Center offers newborn circumcision (up to six weeks of age) in a safe, caring and comfortable environment, with the goal of making it a positive experience for parents and their sons. Witz's bio:  News Contact: Ed Boyle,

**3. Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman was named the first Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He has written more than 30 books, including "Covenant of Blood: Circumcision and Gender in Rabbinic Judaism" (University of Chicago Press, 1995). Hoffman is a former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and in January 2004 he received that organization's annual Berakhah Award for outstanding contributions to his field. Bio:  Profile:  News Contact: Jean Rosensaft,

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