If the distinguished “Co-Segan” (gabbai) of Congregation Shearith Israel has a beef with The Jewish Week for failing to characterize his shul as “in-vogue,” why take it out on Lincoln Square Synagogue? (Letter to the Editor, Jan. 10).
Yehuda Kurtzer (“When Metaphor Fails,” Opinion, Jan. 3) decries comparisons between Israel’s enemies and Nazi Germany. I suspect that most Jews would be less likely to make such analogies if the other side was not constantly invoking Hitler.
I want to thank you for the generous story The Jewish Week published about my being hired as the president and CEO of the Hebrew Charter School Center (“Civil Rights Lawyer Tapped To Promote Hebrew Charter Schools,” Jan. 10). But I do have to clear up a misimpression the article may have left readers with about one part of my resume.
Count me among the admirers of Rabbi Avi Weiss (“Time To Stand Up To Israel’s Chief Rabbis,” Jan. 10). I have profound respect and admiration for him as a rabbi and a mensch. If he tells me that a person is Jewish, his word is good enough for me.
I, too, am one of those American rabbis whose conversions are not accepted by the Rabbanut, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate (“Time To Stand Up To Israel’s Chief Rabbis,” Jan. 10).
Truth be told, I am not at all offended by this and do not regard it as an affront to my Orthodox observance. In fact I have always had a very strong relationship with the Sephardic Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
“If you build it, they will (presumably) come.” So sums up the impetus for Lincoln Square Synagogue to pour an ungodly [sic] sum of money into their new building (“Lincoln Square’s $50 Million Gamble May Be Paying Off”, Jan. 3).