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08/24/2016 - 00:03 | | Letters

Having grown up in the Riverdale Jewish Center and as someone still strongly tied to that community, I am dismayed by the irresponsible reporting of this paper (“Financial Woes for Riverdale Congregation,” Aug. 12). At this point Rabbi Rosenblatt (yes, we are well aware that the editor is not related) has resigned, as mutually agreed upon with the shul leadership. There is no question that the rabbi helped many individuals and families over his three decades of service to the RJC, and that he also has a family whose sensitivities need to be respected.

08/24/2016 - 00:00 | | Letters

I was surprised that Jewish Week editors and writers and left-wing Jewish groups were shocked at the anti-Israel platform of Black Lives Matter (“Threading The Needle On Black Lives Matter,” Aug. 12). Of course a group that is racist, anti-American, anti-police and far leftist would also be anti-Israel, while supporting anti-American and terrorist regimes.

08/23/2016 - 23:59 | | Letters

I am disappointed that in a lengthy article you could not find someone to make the point that Israel has made three offers to end the occupation without even a counteroffer from the Palestinians (“NYU Prof Spurs Fresh Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” Aug. 12).

08/23/2016 - 23:58 | | Letters

In the strongest terms on behalf of Mercaz [Conservative Judaism’s Zionism organization], I register my objection to the anti-Israel positions affirmed by Hasia Diner and Marjorie Feld. It is particularly alarming that Jewish Studies professors are spreading this type of venom on campus. Yes, Israel, like the U.S. and all U.N. members, is imperfect. It is fair to identify its flaws and seek improvement. However, baseless hatred against the very existence of the world’s only Jewish state is unacceptable.

08/23/2016 - 23:50 | | Letters

I have had the opposite experience of Professor Hasia Diner (“NYU Prof Spurs Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” Aug. 12). I have been a member of the two largest Reform temples in San Francisco, and have left both because of their pro-Palestinian bias. The senior rabbi at [San Francisco’s] Temple Emanuel last Yom Kippur gave a sermon promoting the position of the board of rabbis that we have a moral obligation to take in Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, this temple has a full-time security guard who sits in front of a locked gate and permits entrance only to those who have an appointment. We no longer have large Israel Independence Day celebrations, as we have had in years past, because of security concerns.

08/23/2016 - 23:48 | | Letters

The Aug. 12 front-page articles, “Threading The Needle On Black Lives Matter” and “NYU Prof Spurs Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” report the anti-Israel rhetoric among certain segments of the American public that support BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel].
It is a shame that Professor Hasia Diner, who teaches Jewish American history, feels she no longer can support the only Jewish and democratic state in the Middle East.