Thank you for your reference to the Fort Tryon Jewish Center in the article, “Washington Heights Jews Caught In A Growth Bind” (Aug. 13).
As executive director of the Jewish Center, and as a member for over 35 years, I am deeply gratified by the renewed growth of our congregation, and by the decision of so many of its newer members to make their homes here in the Heights. I believe this reflects the kind of Jewish community that is evolving in the Heights: open, inclusive, observant and egalitarian.
Whoa! Benjamin Brafman has a well-deserved reputation as a criminal defense attorney, and he is certainly entitled to his literary criticism of Erica Brown’s work (“There Is No ‘Season Of Scandal,’” Opinion, Sept. 24).
It is hypocritical for clergy members of the Reform and Conservative movements who vehemently support pluralism in Israel to shout “not in my backyard” when the issue arises in their own bailiwick (“JCC, Synagogues In Holy War In Boca,” Sept. 3).
The controversy involving George Soros’ donations to J Street has been blown way out of proportion (“J Street Reeling After Soros Money Revelation,” Oct. 1).
The fact is George Soros is a mainstream businessman. While J Street could have been more transparent about his contributions, this is really not a huge issue. People on the right are using it as way to vilify J Street (and the peace movement in general).
If we are known by the friends we keep, J Street is now known as having a friend in George Soros. (“J Street Reeling After Soros Money Revelation,” Oct. 1)
I urge all readers to Google “George Soros, Israel” to learn about this man’s hostility towards Israel as well as his support for left-wing causes. The fact that Soros would donate $750,000 to J Street confirms that J Street is up to no good when it comes to Israel.
The article “Holocaust Concert or Care for Survivors?” gave the impression that the two sides to the issue are the Holocaust survivors who only care for welfare while the Claims Conference only cares about concerts, remembrance and education.
As the representative of the largest umbrella organization of Holocaust survivors in the world, I would like to state loudly and clearly that nothing could be further from the truth.
Jonathan Mark’s “Media Watch” column, “Netanyahu Off The Hook” (Sept. 17), attempts to make the case that Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are not to be trusted, and are incapable anyway of delivering peace because of Hamas.
In reply to Jeff Brasfield’s letter (“On Mormon Proxy Baptism,” Sept.17), I’m sure Brasfield means well, but in asking why a Holocaust survivor would want to take away another’s “opportunity for Heavenly progression [i.e., posthumous Mormon baptism],” he is totally clueless.