I was deeply moved by Jonathan Mark’s story about the Fogel family (“A Long-Distance Shiva For The Fogels,” March 25). Especially the way in which he imagined the last Shabbat night that the Fogel family spent together before the horror engulfed them.
His stories are written with such sensitivity and earnestness that they remain with me even months after I read them. He is somehow able to penetrate to the heart of the matter in the most remarkable way. I look forward to future articles.
I strongly praise the new head of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Rabbi Richard Jacobs’ work to help victims of war, famine and massacres in places like Chad, Darfur and Haiti (‘The Scarsdale Dynamo,’ Mar. 29). I am also heartened to have read elsewhere Rabbi Jacobs’ statement that “the connection to Israel is a vital part of Jewish life.”
Aside from the issue of the current tendency in Israel’s government to reject pro-Israel groups who are critical of some of Israel’s policies (“For the Love of Israel,” March 25), an additional important point is made in this report, namely, that Israel “remains a vital connection point to Jewish life for many younger Jews” in the U.S.
As a college student, I am genuinely surprised that the editor and publisher of The Jewish Week could seem so out of touch with my generation’s reality. At Dartmouth, a campus with fewer Jewish students than most, Chabad exists as an unparalleled place of spirituality, education, tradition and community.
I am a rabbi who has been sober for 13 years and am involved in helping Jews who are suffering from addiction or the pain of seeing a loved one or family member suffer. I have spoken on panels for UJA-Federation about substance abuse in the Jewish community and am a rabbi for JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) and a member of its board as well.
We are writing in response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Back Off On The Bacchanalia” (April 1), which grossly misrepresents the appeal, mission and reality of TribeFest, the recent three-day conference in Las Vegas in which 1,300 North American Jews ages 22 to 45 discussed Jewish issues, explored their role in the community and engaged in Jewish life.
I have long admired the musical talents of Pete Seeger and his efforts on behalf of environmental causes (News Briefs, March 4). It is therefore quite shocking to read that he expressed regrets about participating in an event that supported the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies because he listened to false reports that allege that JNF, a supporter of the Arava Institute, has taken Palestinian lands for development.
Thank you very much for writing about Glenn Beck’s multi-night tribute to the tragedy in Itamar (“What If The Fogels Had Lived In Tel Aviv?” Between the Lines, March 25). I’ve been a fan of The Jewish Week and Beck for many years, and I don’t see how anyone could accuse him of being an anti-Semite, especially after this. His criticisms of George Soros are accurate, and I hope most people start to recognize Beck as a good friend of all Jews and Israel.