I can't beleive I am contradicting Frank
BUT,"Do you understand that a hospital circumcision has no religious significance at all? That is, that it is the same as any other circumcision unless it is done as a part of a religious celebration and done by a mohel?"
The Reform tradition, for example, does not adhere to the same strict rules as other Jewish traditions. In particular, the reform rabbi I talked to did not require us to have a circumcision by mohel (had we chosen to circ). They would have been fine if we had a hospital circ (dh strangly, thought that would be better and wanted that over by a mohel) they even suggested that we should have a ceremony even if we were not going to circ.
I believe that statement would be true for most Orthodox temples, but they may make exceptions for medical issues- or just take a drop of blood, as they do with adult conversions.
Also (I think someone prev. stated this, but I didn't say anything then), in interfaith families, a person is Jewish if they are raised Jewish. So this means that it does not have to follow the traditional line which is through the mother. So, even though I am NOT Jewish, and my dh is only because his mother converted (and his mother's conversion is only accepted through reform law), if we raise our son Jewish- HE IS Jewish, even though he is intact- amen. Confusing, huh. Again, this is only through the Reform community.
I'm only partially familiar with all of this as I am in an interfaith family-- but I know that Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, and Humanistic Jews (I'm probably missing some) all do things differently- just like the various Christian denominations.
In any case, the penis status never really makes someone NOT a Jew from everythign I have researched (even the Orthodox on Penn & Teller said something to this extent).
Just a small point to clarify. FWIW,