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07/10/2012 - 20:00 | Letters

 In response to Sam Cohen’s op-ed, “College Dropouts” (July 6), we believe Cohen is absolutely right that engaging Jewish college students is imperative to the Jewish future. And through the Reform movement’s Campaign for Youth Engagement, we have put a stake in the ground when it comes to this very issue.

07/10/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

As Gary Rosenblatt noted, the recently released UJA-Federation of New York population study documents the continued diversification of the Jewish people and underscores the importance of doing more to build community (“A Community Falling Apart?” June 15).

Rosenblatt asks how UJA-Federation can respond and build community. I believe an important component of that response has to involve an increased and intensified investment in Jewish community centers by UJA-Federation, Jewish foundations, individual donors and lay leaders.

07/10/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

Whether the New Israel Fund is “anti-Israel” or not is a matter of opinion; whether it is “in favor of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel” is a matter of fact.

07/10/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

Your interview with the chairman of the resurrected Israel Policy Forum adopts his self-description of IPF as “centrist” (“IPF Back In Fray,” June 22). That organization is anything but. Adopting a self-description can be highly inaccurate. For example, the fact that another group that lobbies Congress against Israeli positions calls itself “pro-Israel” hardly makes that label true.

07/02/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

While I readily grant that Gary Rosenblatt has a far greater awareness and knowledge of currents of thought in Israel, I found his denigration of Shimon Peres (“Looking To Future, Peres Draws A Crowd,” June 29) difficult to understand or pardon.

Surely Peres has a right to stand alongside of Ben-Gurion and Dayan as the most admired of Israeli leaders. “Mocked” by whom — the admirers of the assassin of Rabin? Surely a man who has served Israel in so many difficult and important posts deserves a better tag.

07/02/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

In reading Gary Rosenblatt’s column (June 29) on bestowing the Israeli Presidential Award of Distinction on Henry Kissinger, I was disgusted to read that Israeli President Shimon Peres called him “a great statesman and a great Jew.”

Perhaps Mr. Peres was not aware of Kissinger’s comment to President Nixon in March 1973: “If they put Jews in gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern.” Surely Mr. Peres could have found many people more worthy of this honor.