Last month, StandWithUs sponsored a 25-city national tour of IDF soldiers to college campuses, high schools and communities. Disturbed by misinformation and propaganda about the IDF, these young reservists volunteered for Israeli Soldiers Speak Out (ISSO) to inform Americans about their real-life experiences and about Israel.
Yet David Sable (“IDF Soldiers On Campus,” Letters, Nov. 12) criticizes the tour, misrepresents it and misinforms readers.
Many in the “mainstream” Jewish community, including some in the media, handle the generational divide in a shortsighted and thoughtless manner. The hostility directed at J Street is actually more an emotional symptom of generational flux than anything having to do with J Street itself.
I was appalled at [Daniel] Vitow’s comments regarding his North Shore Hebrew Academy’s (NSHA,) aggressive marketing tactics (“Cutthroat Education: Pilfered Class Lists,” Nov. 19). Last year members of my shul received solicitations from NSHA for both their middle school and high school open houses.
Regarding Stewart Ain’s “Cutthroat Jewish Education: Pilfered Class Lists” (Nov. 19), the sharing of contact information is not limited to day schools in the Jewish world. It has been my experience that membership lists, whether in a synagogue, PTA, sisterhood, outreach organization or some other communal institution are shared more often than most people realize. Often it is done by well meaning people who assume those on the list are fine with their contact information being shared.
I am from a generation that already 30 years ago considered a year in Israel for yeshiva study after high school a privilege and a gift, by no means a birthright.
All that has changed, and what we find today is a gap-year industry that, as noted in your story (“Rabbi Offered Cash To Steer Students To Israeli Yeshiva,” Nov. 19), has led to a fierce competition for students and a free-enterprise environment. It’s a buyers’ market with new, “boutique” schools opening up each year.
I am sorry that Abby Backer, the student leader of a J Street-affiliated group, was spit upon at a debate on Israel (“Exclude Me At Your Own Peril,” Opinion, Oct. 29). But can she understand the fear the woman who did this must feel in order to do what she did?