Living In The Past

12/17/2012 - 19:00

A number of months ago I read in The Jewish Week an article where a well-known sociologist shared that the Conservative movement’s membership has halved over the last 20 years. This past weekend, I found out one reason why. 

Play By The Rules

12/17/2012 - 19:00

I read with interest the adventure and/or misadventure of Anat Hoffman at the Kotel (“Back To The Wall, But Still Fighting,” Dec. 7).

Differs With Goldman

12/17/2012 - 19:00

Despite Ari L. Goldman’s assertion that the re-election of Barack Obama is a “clear mandate,” it should be noted that the Democratic victory was a scant 2.8 percent (“Obama And The Orthodox,” Nov. 30).

Proud Parent Of AHA Graduate

12/17/2012 - 19:00

I am one of those parents who never dreamed of sending a child to boarding school, and who would never consider a Jewish school for my children, despite being a very committed Conservative Jew (“A Visit To The ‘Jewish Exeter’” Between The Lines, Dec. 7).

Alas, No More Ring Dings

12/17/2012 - 19:00

I read Jonathan Mark’s piece about the death of Hostess and Drake’s cakes with great sadness (“When The Goose Is Cooked,” Route 17, Nov. 30).

I too ate more than my share of Funny Bones, Devil Dogs and Yankee Doodles during my youth. In those days there was no guilt about eating delicious food in excess.

Ethiopian Holiday

12/17/2012 - 19:00

The article, “Israelis Mark Ethiopian Holiday” (Lens, Nov. 23) contained several errors and a partial and inaccurate explanation of the holiday, known as Sigd.

Upset With BJ Rabbis

12/17/2012 - 19:00

Regarding the article “Was ‘A Great Moment’ Too Alienating” (Dec. 7) and the B’nai Jeshurun rabbis’ support for the UN vote, we don’t need Jews like that, and they claim to be rabbis yet.

I approve of Rabbi Ammiel Hirsh’s critically disapproving opinion of the BJ rabbis’ maudlin, anti-Israel and disloyal e-mail to their congregants (“Liberal Rabbi: BJ Colleagues Gave The Wrong Message,” Opinion, Dec. 7).

Rabbis Tone Deaf?

12/17/2012 - 19:00

The sentiments voiced by the White Plains rabbis welcoming Palestinian observer status at the United Nations left me disheartened (“Was ‘A Great Moment’ Too Alienating?” Dec. 7).

Location, Location

12/10/2012 - 19:00

As the product of a (non-boarding) prep school education, I’ve always been fascinated by the American Hebrew Academy’s experiment (“A Visit To The ‘Jewish Exeter’” Between The Lines, Dec. 7). I fully respect their vision and believe it a fully worthwhile effort.

Somehow, however, I always end up feeling that if it were closer to the northeast, it would be more successful in attracting students. Perhaps New Jersey and New York parents would have less trepidation at sending their Sammys and Mayas to Connecticut or Western Massachusetts than to Greensboro, N.C.

Bad News If Tax Cuts Expire

12/10/2012 - 19:00

While the 240 rabbis who signed a letter in support of President Barack Obama’s proposal to allow tax cuts to expire at the end of the year for those making over $250,000 annually are likely well intentioned, I wonder if they have fully considered the broader implications of this policy (“Community Breaks Silence On Bush-Era Tax Cuts,” Dec. 7).

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