We applaud Stewart Ain and The Jewish Week for shining a spotlight on the needs of Holocaust victims (“Fla. Survivors Caught in Cruel Funding Irony,” Dec. 31). The Claims Conference, of course, knows better than anyone the extent of this growing need, in Florida and indeed throughout the world.
In Allison Good’s opinion piece, “American and Israeli Students: A Missed Opportunity” (Dec. 31), she cites Spring in Jerusalem as one of the programs that succeeds in connecting American students who are studying abroad in Israel with Israeli students. A joint project of Harvard University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Spring in Jerusalem is the first of many immersive study abroad programs in which Masa Israel Journey has recently invested.
Your article, “Appetite For Protest At Flaum” (Dec. 17), highlights a number of ongoing labor disputes between Flaum Appetizing Corporation, its owner, Moshe Grunhut, and his former employees.
As members of the Flaum family and as former owners of Flaum’s Appetizers, we wish to emphasize that effective March 18, 1987, some 23 years ago, Flaum’s Appetizing at 40 Lee Ave. in Brooklyn was sold outright to its present owners, who took over all managerial and financial responsibility for the enterprise.
As a young leader involved with the Anti-Defamation League, where I serve on the New York Regional Board and the Executive Committee of the Lawyers’ Division, I take issue with a number of the points raised by Ben Sales in “The Two ADLs” (Opinion, Dec. 17), particularly his argument that the agency’s mission no longer resonates with young Jews. In my experience, ADL’s young leadership is very supportive of the agency’s dual mission of combating anti-Semitism and defending the state of Israel.
Naomi Levine’s letter (“Gender Gap,” Dec. 31) asserts, “I have found that in the academic world — as in corporate America — women are far more represented in top positions than in the Jewish community. Among the seven vice presidents at NYU, three, including myself, are women.”
While I admire Levine’s quarter-century of service to NYU and the progress she reports, she misrepresents the state of affairs in the Jewish community — at least insofar as AJC, which she mentions by name, is concerned.
Tamar Snyder’s article (“Long-Term Support Versus Putting Out Fires,” Dec. 17) poses the question of whether donors should “react to disastrous news by immediately opening up their checkbooks” or wait until long-term plans are in place. While it is true that donors should seek out organizations that make long-term planning a priority in their disaster response programs, this does not mean that donors should wait weeks or months to give.
Hilary Larson's article quite aptly describes the Forest Hills-Rego Park area and the diverse nature of its Jewish community. (“Continuity In Queens,” Neighborhoods, Nov. 5)
It also highlights the names of several of its synagogues. Many of our members, myself included, were rather dismayed that the names of some of the leading synagogues in our community, including the Queens Jewish Center and Talmud Torah, which I represent, were not mentioned. The Queens Jewish Center was the first Modern Orthodox synagogue founded in the Forest Hills-Rego Park area (circa 1943).
The Jewish Week asks, in a Dec. 17 Editorial (“Nixon And Kissinger”), if "support for Israel excuses every prejudice." But what was at stake in 1973 was not support for Israel but its very survival. In the Yom Kippur War Israel quickly lost one-fourth of its top fighter planes to Russian SAMs, and defeat was imminent. It was the Kissinger/Nixon airlift of a cargo plane every hour for 30 days that saved Israel.