Contributing Writers

Rebecca Wald (Publisher)
rwald@beyondthebris com

Rebecca launched Beyond the Bris in 2010 to spark debate, to connect fellow Jewish circumcision critics, and to provide a forum for the diverse voices wishing to speak on this issue. She is a graduate of The George Washington University and Brooklyn Law School.

Natalie Bivas (Contributing Writer)

Natalie is a reading and ESL specialist for the Palo Alto School District where she has worked for eighteen years. Prior to this she taught in two Jewish days schools in Montreal after finishing a teaching credential at McGill University where she earned her B.A. She is also the former reading specialist for the Jewish Coalition for Literacy.

B.J. Epstein (Contributing Writer)

B.J. is a senior lecturer in literature and public engagement at the University of East Anglia in England. She’s also a writer, editor, and Swedish-to-English translator. She lives with her wife and daughter.

Jonathan Friedman (Contributing Writer)

Jonathan attended yeshiva through high school. He went on to attend The Cooper Union, graduating with honors in engineering in 2009. Thereafter he spent a year studying mathematics before pursing a career in activism.

Ronald Goldman (Contributing Writer)
Website: JewishCircumcision.Org

Ronald is executive director of the Jewish Circumcision Resource Center in Boston. He is a psychological researcher, lecturer, and author of the books Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective and Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma.

Karen Isskenderov (Contributing Writer)

Karen was born in Providence, RI to a Jewish family. Her mother, who is in her 90s, still recalls with horror her sons' circumcisions and says if she knew there was a choice she would have never allowed it. Karen is a practicing pharmacist in St. Petersberg, Florida.

Emily Kapit (Contributing Writer)

Emily lives in South Florida with her husband. When she is not reading to or playing with daughter Hali and dog Shaina, she runs a career advisory firm. She is happy to discuss any crunchy parenting topic with anyone who will listen. She doesn't recall when or how she actually became so crunchy but loves it anyway.

Shea Levy (Contributing Writer)
Website: Blog.Shealevy.Com

Shea is an undergraduate student in biomedical engineering and neuroscience in New York, NY.

Lo Maret (Contributing Writer)

Lo was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and became a certified birth doula in 2004 and a certified lactation counselor in 2008. She works for a non-profit home visitation organization serving new mothers and their children.

Jennifer Margulis (Contributing Writer)

Jennifer is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute at Brandeis University and the author of the new book, The Business of Baby, which includes a chapter on the business of circumcision.

Mark Morris (Contributing Writer)

Mark lives in Sydney Australia with his partner Jude. He is happy to speak to anyone struggling with the circumcision decision regarding his own experience and feelings. Email:

Lisa Braver Moss (Contributing Writer)

Lisa is the author of many books, including The Measure of His Grief, a novel which explores a Berkeley doctor’s unlikely campaign against circumcision. Her essays have appeared in Tikkun, Parents, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post.

Karen Ranzi (Contributing Writer)
Website: SuperHealthyChildren.Com

Karen is a leading expert in the field of nutrition and child development. Her focus includes the benefits of eating a raw foods diet. She hosts the blog Super Healthy Children, which is full of great tips for getting kids to eat their vegetables.

Molly McFly (Contributing Writer)

Molly McFly (a pen name) is a YouTube vlogger, Tumblr bloggirl, and third-year student at Indiana University, where she majors in Gender Studies and minors in Human Sexuality. She was raised as a Reform Jew in the suburbs of Chicago.

Mark Reiss (Contributing Writer)

Mark is a retired physician and classical pianist. He serves as Executive Vice President of Doctors Opposing Circumcision (DOC) and is the founder and administrator of the Celebrants of Brit Shalom website, which listing hundreds of brit shalom celebrants.

Sarah Rockwell (Contributing Writer)

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in special education at the University of Florida specializing in academic instruction for students with autism. She is also a full-time, attachment parenting mother to a spunky little boy.

Moshe Rothenberg (Contributing Writer)

Moshe is a certified social worker and teacher, having spent most of his career in the New York City public school system. He is also an accomplished singer, performing in synagogue choirs, college glee club, Pete Seeger’s Clearwater project, and the New York City Labor Chorus.

Eran Sadeh (Contributing Writer)

Eran is resident of Israel, is secular, and the father of two children, a boy and a girl. He is the founder of Gonnen Al Ha-Yeled (Protect the Child) and has appeared in media interviews speaking about the harmfulness of childhood circumcision.

Richard Schwartzman (Contributing Writer)

Richard is board-certified in psychiatry. He maintains a private practice in Solebury PA, located about an hour from both Philadelphia and New York City. In his practice he has seen men relive the trauma of their circumcisions and has successfully helped them to overcome this trauma. He is host of the blog Wilhelm Reich Today.

Amy Soule

Amy is a resident of Ontario, Canada, who works as an educational assistant helping her students demonstrate their total potential. She is active in her synagogue, helping serve as cantor, baalat korei and gabbi when asked. She is also proud to be a visible as a gay Jewish woman and an activist for causes that involve making sure everyone receives full and equal rights.

Shawn Stark (Contributing Writer)

Shawn grew up in a Jewish community in a suburb of Montreal, Canada, where he attended Jewish elementary school. He later moved to Vancouver. He met his wife, Amari, at a wedding in Montreal and she moved from London to Vancouver seven months later. They currently live in Vancouver, living on the beach and loving life. Email:

Diane Targovnik (Contributing Writer)

Diane is the mother of two children born at home. In addition to being a full-time mother, she is also a lawyer. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Ms. Targovnik looks forward to being part of the movement to help educate other Jews regarding brit shalom.

Eli Ungar-Sargon (Contributing Writer)

Eli is an accomplished documentary filmmaker. His film Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision looks critically at the ancient ritual from a Jewish perspective.

Francelle Wax (Contributing Writer)

Francelle has over has overseen production coordination on political media campaigns and for historical documentaries. She has traveled four continents and lived in London, Washington, DC, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, and Berkeley, California.