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03/01/2011 | | Letters

I strongly agree with John Ruskay’s spirited call for maintaining a “big tent” of Jewish opinion on Israel that can hold the line against those who would question our very right to live as a free people in our own democratic Jewish state (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Opinion, Feb. 18).

03/01/2011 | | Letters

John Ruskay’s Opinion piece (“Combating Delegitimization Requires a Big Tent,” Feb. 18) demonstrates the kind of thoughtful and courageous leadership so sorely needed in the Jewish community.

02/22/2011 | | Letters

Your Jan. 21 feature on Judith Malina’s “Korach,” performed by the Living Theatre, brought back memories of the group’s performance of “Paradise Lost” at the Philadelphia YM-YWHA on Nov. 26, 1968. At that time, I was the executive director of the Y.

02/22/2011 | | Letters

Apropos the “big question” about whether the historic changes in Egypt (“Israel and Egyptian Democracy,” Feb. 18) will engender a tidal wave that will also bring about meaningful, rather than merely cosmetic, changes in the entire region — including Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-dominated regimes in the Persian Gulf — we ought not overlook a critical systemic difference.

02/22/2011 | | Letters

I have been very impressed with your ongoing coverage of Hebrew charter schools.
As a Teaneck resident, I was particularly interested in the article on the planned Hebrew immersion charter school in Bergen County (Feb. 11). It all sounds exciting with great possibilities. It was, however, troubling to note the absence of doubt among the leaders. Optimism is always welcome, but new movements might benefit from a little humility with evidence of success once the school is in operation.

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Teaneck, N.J.

02/22/2011 | | Letters

Stewart Ain’s article, “United Synagogue Turns Inward” (Feb. 18), presents staggering data on the decline of Conservative affiliation within the United Synagogue’s network of congregations. Suffice it to say the organization's embrace of the egalitarian movement has done nothing to increase congregational membership, let alone hinder the ongoing decline of Conservative affiliation.