WALLA WALLA, Wash.—Emmy-award winning Mercer Island filmmaker Moti Krauthamer will show his film “Moyl: The Story of a Traveling Jewish Ritual Circumciser” on the Whitman campus Sunday, Nov. 13.

 

The film will be shown in Room 130, Olin Hall, 814 Isaacs, at 7 p.m. A discussion led by Krauthamer will follow. The presentation, sponsored by Whitman’s student group Shalom and Congregation Beth Israel of Walla Walla, is free and open to the public.

 

The 50-minute documentary follows David Bolnick, a former Microsoft employee who is now a traveling Moyl (ritual circumciser), from family to family and community to community as he helps parents bring their sons into the Jewish community.

 

As the film shows, the ceremony involves more than just the procedure of circumcision; it is the continuation of an ancient tradition of welcoming a baby into the community which can be a moving experience for parents, family members and friends.

 

The movie also delves into the more modern aspects of ritual circumcision (bris), including the jokes that have become part of the culture, the ritual side of corrective surgeries, and more.

 

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

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