© Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

Century Marks

Tipped off: Mark Kushner and Philip Sherman say they have performed more than 30,000 circumcisions since training together in Israel in the 1970s. Most of their business comes from traditional brit milah ceremonies for eight-day-old Jewish boys, but they have increasingly served Christian families who eschew a hospital procedure in favor of a $300 to $800 house call from Kushner and Sherman. Sherman sees a trend toward “holistic circumcision”: people want their babies circumcised “in the comfort of their homes, surrounded by family and friends, and they want it performed by someone highly experienced, who brings spirituality and meaning to the practice.” In the U.S., the overall rate of circumcision is on the decline (RNS).


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