Regarding “Day Schools Need New Israel Ed Approach,” editor’s column (Feb. 18), let me get this straight: the Mideast capitals are on fire: in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria and Iran; the dictatorship regimes are bloodily suppressing the peaceful protests of the masses who — lo and behold — are denied the most basic human, civil and democratic rights.
Thanks for your article “Mideast Unrest Hardening Positions in Community” (Feb. 18). The article quotes several authorities who advocate the conclusion of an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty. Who can argue against the conclusion of such a treaty?
Yet it must be pointed out that soon after Anwar Sadat concluded a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel he was assassinated.
J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami says that some of the recent publicity challenges his group has faced are merely a matter of “finding the right tonality” (“J Street Vows To Calibrate Tone Amid Criticism,” Feb. 18).
Regarding “Investing in Education” (Feb. 4) your readers will be interested to know that as part of a major national undertaking to boost the technological aptitude of Israeli youth and raise their competitive edge on an international level, Boys Town Jerusalem has been selected by the Israeli Ministry of Education as one of only 25 schools in the country to offer an intensive, augmented curriculum of technological studies, set to begin at the upcoming school year.
The article “Continued Angst Over Day School Tuition” (Jan. 21) brought to the surface again the problem of funding the day schools. There is an opportunity for funding that the Modern Orthodox community has not taken advantage of, and that is the charter school movement.
I was disturbed to read your obviously slanted article (“Lincoln Square Synagogue Still Mourns Slain Congregant,” Feb. 4) regarding the events that have unfolded following the tragic death of Shele Danishefsky Covlin.
In failing to determine the truth of the information given you by her grieving congregation you have spread malicious rumor and innuendo about the Covlin family within the Jewish community where they work, pray and are raising the two children.
Regarding Doug Chandler’s otherwise well-written and balanced article (“Academic Freedom Fight Heats Up At Brooklyn College,” Feb. 4) regarding controversies at Brooklyn College, he mentions that a previous assignment “prompted a wealthy donor to withdraw support...” from the college. This is factually incorrect.
Jonathan Mark writes that much of what happened in Israel last year was ignored by the mainstream media. He adds, “Yet, the general media covered the settlements incessantly” (“Most Ignored Story of 2010? — Israel,” Jan. 7). In other words, what might make Israel look bad was reported; what showed Israel’s virtue was ignored. The most underreported story of all was Israel’s construction of the first field hospitals in Haiti after the earthquake. The major exception was a news item by Frida Ghitis in the Miami Herald (Jan. 22).