Orthodox Most Involved

07/16/2012 - 20:00

I was delighted to see the July 6 edition of the paper with its focus on the 2012 population study. The study deserves comprehensive analysis and serious thought. Editor Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“Why ‘Jewish Community’ Is Harder To Define, And Serve”), with its usual keen analysis, and Jerome Chanes’ insights (“Demographics Put Pressure On Communal Groups,” Opinion) are spot on. In addition, I was especially taken with Sam Cohen’s Opinion piece on Jewish college students (“College Dropouts”).

Israel Should Try Harder

07/16/2012 - 20:00

I’d like to respond affirmatively to your June 29 editorial, “For Israel, Time to Give Back.” But one very solid thing that Israel should try harder to do, both for itself and for diaspora Jewry, is to resolve its conflict with the Palestinians with a two-state solution.  It is this ongoing problem that physically endangers the small and medium-sized Jewish communities outside of North America and Israel. 

Campus Presence For Conservative Jews

07/16/2012 - 20:00

I have grown up as a Conservative Jew. I am a third-generation member of Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, N.J., and was very active in my United Synagogue Youth (USY) chapter and in the Hagalil Region of USY in high school. Since arriving at Pace University, I began working to start a Hillel, and with the assistance of the director of Koach, Rabbi Elyse Winick, established a Koach presence on campus. My grandparents and parents have instilled strong Jewish values in me, and I hope to see the Conservative movement thrive for many generations to come.

Giving AJC Credit

07/16/2012 - 20:00

As a onetime student of Soviet history and politics, I first learned about airbrushing. That was when a Soviet leader suddenly fell into disfavor and his name and photo magically disappeared from the public arena.

But I never expected airbrushing in The Jewish Week. I’m sure it was not deliberate, but it happened twice, and in the very same issue (July 13).

Russian Jews’ Reality

07/16/2012 - 20:00

Having been involved in institution-building in the Russian-speaking community for some time, I am compelled to suggest an alternative viewpoint to Steve Lipman’s article, “New Generation Of Russian Jews Now Making Its Mark,” July 13.

Wrong Causes

07/10/2012 - 20:00

 In reading the problems the Conservative and Reform movements have with their college adherents (“College Dropouts,” Opinion, July 6), I wondered if maybe they would stop spending their efforts and money for groups like the New Israel Fund, trying to remake Israel in their own image, they would have enough funds for their collegians.

Reform Engagement Strategy

07/10/2012 - 20:00

 In response to Sam Cohen’s op-ed, “College Dropouts” (July 6), we believe Cohen is absolutely right that engaging Jewish college students is imperative to the Jewish future. And through the Reform movement’s Campaign for Youth Engagement, we have put a stake in the ground when it comes to this very issue.

JCCs Key To Building Community

07/10/2012 - 20:00

As Gary Rosenblatt noted, the recently released UJA-Federation of New York population study documents the continued diversification of the Jewish people and underscores the importance of doing more to build community (“A Community Falling Apart?” June 15).

Rosenblatt asks how UJA-Federation can respond and build community. I believe an important component of that response has to involve an increased and intensified investment in Jewish community centers by UJA-Federation, Jewish foundations, individual donors and lay leaders.

New Israel Fund Statements

07/10/2012 - 20:00

Whether the New Israel Fund is “anti-Israel” or not is a matter of opinion; whether it is “in favor of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel” is a matter of fact.

IPF Not ‘Centrist’

07/10/2012 - 20:00

Your interview with the chairman of the resurrected Israel Policy Forum adopts his self-description of IPF as “centrist” (“IPF Back In Fray,” June 22). That organization is anything but. Adopting a self-description can be highly inaccurate. For example, the fact that another group that lobbies Congress against Israeli positions calls itself “pro-Israel” hardly makes that label true.

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