Trivializing The Holocaust

08/13/2012 - 20:00

Miss Holocaust Survivor? What in the world were the organizers thinking? And what do they know of the Shoah (“Making A Beautiful Statement,” Lens, July 13)?

As the director of The Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest, I find this quite appalling.

I was in Israel for a Yad Vashem conference on “Teaching the Core” when news of this appeared. A Holocaust beauty pageant is precisely the kind of trivialization of this seminal event in history that we who work to educate the world about the Holocaust abhor.

Pride In Raisman

08/13/2012 - 20:00

 I would like to acknowledge the tremendous Kiddush Hashem made by American gymnast Aly Raisman upon winning two gold medals (and one bronze) at the London Olympics (“Raising The Olympic Bar, Aug, 10). Instead of trying to hide the fact that she is Jewish, as is done by many of our brethren in the public eye, she proudly performed her gold medal-winning routine to “Hava Nagilah,” probably the best-known Hebrew folk song, saying, in effect, “I am Jewish. That’s why I wanted the floor music.”

Culture Of Inclusion

08/13/2012 - 20:00

Thank you for publishing “Needed: A National Strategy For Including Jews With Special Needs” (Opinion, July 13) by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi. It highlighted the continued need for Jews with special needs to be included in all aspects of Jewish school and communal life. 

Toward A Fully Inclusive Community

08/13/2012 - 20:00

We were pleased to read Helen Chernikoff’s article this week highlighting the Special Needs Camp Tour, a three-day trip organized by the Jewish Funders Network and the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

Tribute To Shamir

08/06/2012 - 20:00

For me the best obituary for the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, is his interest in the plight of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries. While most other prime ministers before him considered the Jews from Arab countries as simply “olim” who came to Israel as Zionists, Shamir did not. When he was designated as foreign minister, he invited me to his home in Jerusalem and we spent several hours together so he could learn more about the story of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries. And he brought it up at the Madrid Conference.

Jewish Education Key For Russian Jews

08/06/2012 - 20:00

Your July 13 editorial, “The Russian Evolution,” suggests that when Russian Jews flooded America’s shores, Jewish organizations failed as they attempted to “wrap them in Yiddishkeit,” while the Russians, concerned only for their needs of food, shelter and a future in America, shrugged them off. But having been involved in educating Russian-speaking young Jews for more than 33 years, I write to say there were notable exceptions.

Too Tough On Bibi

08/06/2012 - 20:00

With Israel under existential threats from Iran, verbal assaults from the Arab countries, Turkey, Palestinian leaders, the European Union, United Nations, NGOs, left-wing churches, the BDS campaign, the secular media and left-wing Jews, why on earth is The Jewish Week adding to the chorus?

No Service, No Welfare

08/06/2012 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “On Haredi Service, Half A Great Idea” (July 20), echoed my sentiments exactly.

Furthermore, the haredi community, with its great disdain for the State of Israel, has no right to drain the state of its resources — let their own support each other, in my opinion. 

Haredi Service In Israel

08/06/2012 - 20:00

I was quite pleased to see much content in the July 20 issue of The Jewish Week regarding haredi service in Israel (Gary Rosenblatt’s column, Nessa Rapoport’s op-ed and Stewart Ain’s news report).

Indeed, all residents of Israel, regardless of religious status, must be expected to perform their duty to the State of Israel. I applaud those religious students that participate in Sherut Leumi [national service] in lieu of army service.

Romney On Middle East

08/06/2012 - 20:00

Either you are hinting at your real preference in the presidential race (“Romney’s Bold Approach,” Editorial, Aug. 3) or you are going too far in an attempt to be evenhanded and not alienate any readers or advertisers. You may not like it, but President Barack Obama’s position has been pretty clear about what is needed to ease Mideast tensions.

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