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February 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm #5529


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March 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm #5532

Rabbi Craig Wyckoff

It is a shame that the Dr. could not be more sensitive to your needs at that moment. The sad thing is you should have answered proudly yes I am Jewish because my father is Jewish and the reform movement adopted to accept patriarchal lineage in 1996.

March 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm #5534

Dr Steven Wallis

That doctor was an unprofessional, insensitive, ass. He should be censured.
A formal complaint should be made to the facility.

March 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm #5535

Alan Green, MD

OK, so that loser left your room. But what is the end of the story? Did your son have his bris?

March 2, 2011 at 1:30 am #5540

Robin Margolis

My heart goes out to Laurel regarding this story. The way she was treated by the doctor who was an Orthodox mohel was extremely cruel.

I notice some of the commenters seem to think this is an isolated incident.

As the Coordinator of the Half-Jewish Network, I hear many similar stories from adult children and grandchildren of intermarriage from all over the world.

Laurel’s story is not an isolated incident. And, frankly, it is not her job to talk back to the mohel or file a complaint with the hospital.

It is time for the Jewish community to recognize the discrimination against adult children of intermarriage.

Anyone interested in learning more and fighting back against the pervasive discrimination against half-Jewish people within the Jewish community is welcome to visit the Half-Jewish Network website:

Robin Margolis

March 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm #5555


Dr X is a miserable excuse for a doctor, a man and a Jew and a mohel. I apologise to Laurel (and all the other Laurels out there) that Doctor X (and all who think and act like him) seemingly continue to decide for the entire Jewish world who is or isn’t a Jew. Judaism would a lot better off with more Laurel Snyders and many less Dr Xs.

March 6, 2011 at 6:23 am #5558

Phx Mom

What a jerk!
I’m so sorry that you had to experience his insensitivity. 
Mazel tov on your beautiful baby!

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