Laurette Rothwachs, Dean and Sam Fishman, Managing Director
We’re glad to see SINAI Schools mentioned in the articles and dialogue about the need for more Jewish special education opportunities in New York City. It may surprise some of your readers to learn that about 25 percent of SINAI’s current students reside in New York City. These students make the trip to our Northern New Jersey elementary schools and high schools every day, and they are not alone in their travels. Families have relocated from all over the United States for the sole reason of being able to send their kids to SINAI.
In the Media Watch column (July 9), professor Jonathan Sarna is quoted as arguing that the Irgun was not a terrorist organization because it “did not deliberately target civilians; indeed, it tried mightily to avoid targeting them.”
Sorry, Gary Rosenblatt, but there cannot be a dialogue between diametrically opposed world views which now split the Jewish community any more than there can be a real dialogue between Arabs and Jews and, for the most part, between blacks and whites (“When The Dialogue Deteriorates,” Editor’s Column, Aug. 27).
President, World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries
I am a native of Iraq, an Arab and Islamic country where I lived until we were forced to leave and go to Israel. As a penniless refugee, I went to school and medical school, acquiring many Arab and Muslim friends — Shia, Kurd and Sunni.
Initially, in reading about the monumental grants made by the Jim Joseph Foundation towards Jewish education, it was most heartening to note that there still exists philanthropy of such proportions benefiting the Jewish community, even in these difficult times (“Foundation Cutting Through Wide Path In Jewish Life,” July 16).
I read with great interest your recent article on the growth of the Jewish Montessori movement in the United States (Education Supplement, Aug. 20).
I was, however, surprised at the implication that Jewish Montessori is thriving primarily outside of the New York tri-state area, when in fact the movement is alive and well in Brooklyn, Monsey, Westchester and New Jersey.
The article “For Orthodox Lesbians, A Home Online” (Aug. 20) focused on American and Israeli women who are observant and seek to stay in the Orthodox community, notwithstanding their homosexuality. It is a struggle that arouses compassion for the extremely difficult waters that these women must chart. However, there were two things in the article troubled me.