Bukharians Are Different

07/23/2012 - 20:00

 Steve Lipman’s article, “New Generation of Russians Now Making Its Mark” (July 13), may be an accurate portrayal of a major proportion of the 200,000 Russian-speaking Jews in the Greater New York area, but Russian-speaking Jews are not monolithic. 

Inappropriate Analogy

07/23/2012 - 20:00

We were appalled by David Harris’ irresponsible invocation of the Soviet practice of “airbrushing” in his letter to the editor (July 20).

For a Jewish leader of Harris’ stature to compare the omission of his American Jewish Committee from a Jewish Week story to the Soviet regime’s deliberate expunging of its opponents from the historical record — often in the wake of their torture and murder — demonstrates how easily vanity spirals into moral myopia.

Maintaining Jewish Identity

07/23/2012 - 20:00

Steve Lipman’s excellent article, “New Generation Of Russians Now Making Its Mark” (July 13), clearly illustrated a growing phenomenon: a mutual interest on behalf of the American and Russian Jewish communities.

Over the last number of years, The Jewish Week has explored at length the Russian Jewish immigrant community and its relationship to the larger American Jewish community. Still, I feel an important point is often overlooked and that is the unique Russian Jewish identity that many brought with them from the former Soviet Union.

Wall-To-Wall Coalition

07/23/2012 - 20:00

In “Reviving the Values of the Soviet Jewry Movement” (July 13) Jonathan Mark helped focus attention on “Freedom25” and its goals.

To convey the spirit and values of the historic March on Washington on Dec. 6, 1987 is a significant undertaking. Yes, it is important for the understanding of how and why the Jewish community mobilized for that event. The generations that matured afterwards deserve to make sense of its impact on our Soviet Jewry movement, in the former Soviet Union and in Israel.

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.

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