The New York Jewish Film Festival - January 14 - 29

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Editorial & Opinion | Letters

01/14/2015 | | Letters

With great interest, I read an article by Stewart Ain, “Survivors Heirs Now
Cleared For SSI Payments” (Jan. 2).

01/14/2015 | | Letters

There is no doubt that a visit to the El Ghriba synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia is an unforgettable experience 
(“Where To Go In 2015,” Travel, Dec. 26).

01/14/2015 | | Letters

Erica Brown’s critique of the contemporary bar/bat mitzvah celebration
(“Not Another Video, Please,” Jan. 2) is on target. However, her
analysis misses the mark. Bar/bat mitzvah is and should be primarily a very
personal affair. The Inquisition, the Holocaust, the establishment of the
State of Israel and various manifestations of tikkun olam have their place in
communal consciousness and Jewish education. They are not appropriate bar/bat
mitzvah centerpieces — but family videos certainly are.

01/14/2015 | | Letters

Regarding the recent White House Chanukah party, Gary Rosenblatt kvells with pride  (“We’ve Come a Long Way, Abie,” Dec. 26). Describing the occasion, Rosenblatt writes: “Diversity was on display everywhere one looked, with hundreds of Jews noshing kosher delicacies in rooms bedecked with holly, the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra playing both Christmas and Chanukah tunes, and dozens of yarmulke-wearing men davening at ad hoc mincha and maariv services over in the corner.”

01/14/2015 | | Letters

Re: “Bess Myerson, Only Jewish Miss America, Dead at 90” (Jan. 9), it should be
noted that not only did Ms. Myerson helped found the Museum of Jewish
Heritage in New York, but she also donated a significant sum and lent her
celebrity status to support women facing ovarian cancer, which she fought and
survived in 1973.

01/07/2015 | | Letters

In his Opinion piece about the need for Jewish organizations to support Jewish
journalism, David Suissa claims that young Jews no longer attracted to
ritual Judaism could become connected through reading Jewish
newspapers (“Why Judaism Needs Journalism,” Jan. 2).