It is about time our community was taken to task by The Jewish Week (“Time To Remember Shalit,” Editorial, June 25) for failing to support imprisoned Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by Hamas in Gaza for more than four years.
In violation of any rule of law or rule of war he’s been denied access to any visits from the international Red Cross. This week Human Rights Watch, no friend of Israel, called it “torture.”
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Middle East Committee has drafted a report on the Israel/Palestine conflict that has some Jewish groups claiming anti-Semitism (“The Presbyterians: Exacerbating The Problem,” Editorial, June 18).
In response to “Anti-Semitism in the Backyard” (May 21, Manhattan/Westchester edition), I am extremely upset with a segment of the article.
I am the coach of a predominantly Jewish seventh- and eighth- grade softball team from Edgemont that, according to the article, “made anti-Jewish remarks to some of the Schechter students.” The statement in the article is completely inaccurate and demands clarification. I am disappointed that you would publish such a statement without getting the facts from both sides.
In Adam Dickter’s excellent article on the struggle of parents to find a place for Jewish special-needs children in our day schools and other Jewish institutions, there is a reference to the fact that we convinced Manhattan Day School to take our son Nathaniel for seventh and eighth grades (June 11).
In fact, the leadership of Manhattan Day School stepped forward to accept Nathaniel into the mainstream program after we were unable to find a place for him at any other day school in Manhattan.
As a parent of a special-needs child, I totally sympathize with the Samuels’ situation. (June 11) However, the fact that Manhattan Day School (MDS) is singled out is, in my opinion, unfair and completely unjust.
The demand for special-education classes is highly skewed compared to the supply. MDS is one of the very few schools willing to deal with the situation. Most Jewish day schools won’t.
I am disappointed to be reading of the opposition of Jewish day schools to “special-needs students” (June 11). My son attended a Jewish day school from the third through 12th grade, and graduated in 2005. When he was in the fifth grade, he was diagnosed with a learning disability. Getting him the services he needed from a private school was a battle, but we fought it because we recognized the value of a comprehensive Jewish education.
The news of the planned collaboration among Yeshiva University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College, vis a vis Jewish “teacher recruiting and training” and thanks to the $33 million gift from the Jim Joseph Foundation, is indeed cause for celebration (“Historic Partnership Of Seminaries,” May 28).
Regarding your article “Special-Needs Families Fighting Jewish Day Schools” (June 11), please note that Yeshiva Darchei Torah, with more than 1,600 students, boldly fights this longstanding prejudice toward special-needs children and bravely welcomes special children with all disabilities (including cognitive), alongside their typical peers.
I am generally a big fan of The Jewish Week as a source of honest, balanced and high quality reporting. However, seeing the article, “Gaza Flotilla Fallout” (June 4) made me wonder whether I was reading a Jewish newspaper or a Palestinian newspaper.
I must take exception to your publication’s ongoing characterizations about the composition of the marchers at this year’s Salute to Israel Day Parade: I am a proud Conservative Jew, a member of the board of trustees at Temple Israel of Great Neck, and a board member of SHAI (Sefaradic Heritage Alliance, Inc).
This year I had the privilege of marching with over 170 members of my synagogue, alongside well over 200 members of SHAI (a nondenominational group), alongside approximately 100 members of Gahelet (a secular school for Hebrew speakers).