Your article regarding the delay in construction of the new Lincoln Square Synagogue building mentions cost overruns in other construction projects, including at Young Israel of New Rochelle (“Lincoln Square Halts Construction On New Shul,” Oct. 22). The reference is not exactly correct. As previously reported in your paper, our project had been delayed for several years due to local resistance, at material additional expense.
Jonathan Mark’s article about the 50th anniversary of the Zamir Chorale was a gift to fans of Jewish choral music and Matthew Lazar (“Zamir’s Long Road,” Oct. 29). The concert at Carnegie Hall Sunday afternoon (Oct. 31) was a wondrous affair. There were moments when I literally found myself moved to tears, including, but not exclusively, witnessing the gathering of all three “generations” — the alumni, the current choir and the HaZamir high school singers — all on stage at the same time.
Reducing Lincoln Square Synagogue to “the ‘your name here’ synagogue” is offensive (“The ‘Your Name Here’ Synagogue,” Oct. 29). Neither the article that follows nor the reality of today’s philanthropy justifies the snide headline. Far from a keychain, a pencil or a stress ball, Lincoln Square Synagogue is a one-of-a-kind product. It affects the world much more than a giveaway affects sales.
There is nothing worse than sending soldiers into battle with poor intelligence. While not a crime, it has brought down many military careers and in Israel has been the subject of many inquiries and panels bringing shame and humiliation to generals and cabinet members alike.
Yet, we send Israeli soldiers into battle on college campuses with poor intelligence and, worse, with faulty ammunition.
I was saddened to read the first-person account of one anonymous woman’s struggle to live with serious illness and to date in the Orthodox community. As the founder and executive director of Sharsheret, a national organization supporting women and families of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer, I have heard too often the concerns of mothers and daughters that knowledge of disease in their family may affect the ability of family members to marry.
After reading several articles in the Oct. 29 issue, I truly wonder if liberal-leftist J Street Jews know why they are vilified by some in the pro-Israel Jewish community.
Do these J Street Jews have the same feelings towards their fellow Jews living under constant terrorist threat in Judea and Samaria as they have for the Arabs that desire to destroy the Jewish people?