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07/20/2010 | | Letters

Although I understand the points made in Gary Rosenblatt’s column, (“Fresh Anger From Diaspora Over Conversion Bill,” July 15), there are two important points to consider:

First, there is no such thing as a “second-class Jew.” Either you are a Jew or are not.

Those non-Jews who choose to convert “not according to halacha” for social or convenience reasons, are still first-class non-Jews, not second-class Jews.

Only Judaism can define who is a Jew. What’s wrong with calling them Jewish sympathizers?

07/20/2010 | | Letters

Regarding “Accused Pedophile To Resign From Queens Rabbinical Board” (July 2) and “A Decade Later, More Willingness To Confront Rabbinic Abuse” (June 18), I cannot write as a New York resident, nor am I writing as a formal representative of either Nefesh Israel, an organization I co-chair, or Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, where I have headed the neuropsychology unit for close to 20 years.

07/20/2010 | | Letters

rs or impact. Whether people are “religious” or observant or not is not synonymous with being Conservative or Reform as it often is in the U.S. The synagogue most of world Jewry chooses to attend or not is most often Orthodox.

In the U.S., it is widely known that 40 percent of American Jews are unaffiliated with any organized synagogue movement and that more than 65 percent of Jews under 35 are unaffiliated. Non-Orthodox Jews are intermarrying at rates sometimes exceeding 75 percent in the U.S.

07/13/2010 | | Letters

In view of the spy exchange between the United States and Russia that has occurred within a blink of an eye, is it too much to question anew the extraordinary and cruel prison term being served by Jonathan Pollard?



07/13/2010 | | Letters

I am writing in response to the article that cites the new rules that the National Council of Young Israel instituted, restricting the leadership role of women and their reading of the Megillah (“Young Israel In Turmoil Over Upstate Shul,” July 2).

I would like the wider Jewish community to know that there is one Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Stanton Street Shul, that not only has women on the board and as its highest elected officers, but also has a women’s tefillah group.  

07/13/2010 | | Letters

It is wonderful to see The Jewish Week taking notice that “a new generation” is “creating new memories” in the Jewish Catskills (“The Catskills Come Alive,” Editorial, July 9).

The one point I contest is that the Catskills “come alive” only in the summer months. As a new resident of the town of the once-famed Grossinger’s Hotel, I held the popular misconception that the Catskills were of a bygone era and there was not much in the way of Jewish life anymore. You could wax nostalgic, but no more.