B’nai Brith On Pensions

10/02/2012 - 20:00

The JTA article you published, “Feds Take Over B’nai B’rith Pensions” (Sept. 28) misrepresented our situation. There are no questions about our future — it is strong, as it has been for nearly 170 years.

Yes, B’nai B’rith International chose to seek assistance from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in order to fulfill our core mission of helping others.

Defends Chief Rabbi

09/26/2012 - 20:00

In the Sept. 21 editorial, “Religious Concerns: In Israel, Too,” you note that [Israeli Chief] Rabbi Amar advised Jews to “pray alone, or not at all, on the High Holy Days rather than in a Reform congregation.” You then suggest that “a greater degree of empathy expressed by the chief rabbi for others who do not share his level of observance would go a long way toward convincing non-Orthodox Jews in Israel that the Chief Rabbinate is committed to their spiritual well-being rather than ensuring their status as second-class Jews.”

One Simple Question

09/26/2012 - 20:00

The Democratic Party’s platform provides an excellent glimpse into the direction it is heading.

I’d like to ask the presidential candidates one simple question at their upcoming debates: “What is the capital of Israel?” If the answer requires more than one word, “Jerusalem,” then that tells me all I need to know about for whom I will be voting.

What Ross Didn’t Say

09/26/2012 - 20:00

Former Mideast negotiator Dennis Ross is reported to have said that “the Israeli homeland is now vulnerable,’ with wars no longer waged on distant battlefields but rather with tens of thousands of rockets — from Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south — aimed at the entire civilian population of the country” (“Ross Urges Israel To Be ‘Proactive’ With PA,” Between The Lines, Aug. 24).

Women’s Rights

09/26/2012 - 20:00

Regarding women’s reproductive rights, Blu Greenberg is wrong when she states that “although Republicans are making loud noises on this … I don’t think anyone could roll back the rights” (“Election Stirring Passions Among Women,” Sept. 14).

Cantorial Memories

09/26/2012 - 20:00

I would have enjoyed Gary Rosenblatt’s wonderful column, “Rosenblatt ... But Not that Rosenblatt” (Sept. 14), even if he had not mentioned my late father, Cantor Avraham Davis. Over the years, I, too, have often been approached by people who wanted to know if I was related to the Cantor Davis who made those recordings. I was proud to say that he was both my father and my teacher. He actually pioneered the making of educational liturgical recordings in the early 1950s in a way that was both beautiful and practical. (Easier said than done).

Decreasing Affiliation

09/26/2012 - 20:00

The op-ed by Steven M. Cohen, Jack Ukeles and Ron Miller, summarizes the results of the “Jewish Community Study of New York, 2011” (N.Y. Jewry’s Stunning Diversity, And Why That’s Good,” Sept. 21)

The authors state that the number of synagogue-affiliated Conservative and temple-affiliated Reform Jews has shown little or no change from 2002 until now. That doesn’t square with the actual published findings of the study:

Stay-At-Home Jews

09/18/2012 - 20:00

Elicia Brown, in her Sept. 14 column, “Free Range Jew,” recounts her adventures as she takes her family from synagogue to synagogue during the High Holy Days rather than commit to attending one synagogue and missing out on an adventure.

Brown admits that she is not a regular attendee at synagogue and apparently sees little reason to find one place to call her spiritual home, at least at this stage in her family life. She has a congregation where she has paid her membership but the idea of “belonging” seems to her as a vestige of a past century.

Timely Reminder On Activism

09/18/2012 - 20:00

Daniel Eisenstadt and Michael Granoff’s op-ed, “Never Forgetting – Soviet Jewry Movement, That Is” (Sept. 14), is not only eloquent and compelling but also a very timely reminder of one of the most glorious and triumphant moments in modern Jewish history.

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