‘Young Israel’ Brand


Does any shul still need to be called Young Israel? (“Young Israel Movement In Turmoil Over Upstate Shul,” July 2).

Exposing Abusers


Keep up the good work in exposing people that pose a threat to our children (“A Decade Later, More Willingness To Confront Rabbinic Abuse,” June 18).  

Organizations like the Queens Va’ad have been ignoring the issue of sexual abuse for too long. Those in leadership positions should understand that people need to be aware of the dangers that exist in our schools and our shuls.

Let’s put our efforts into helping victims and potential victims of abuse, instead of worrying so much about the perpetrators.



Editorializing On Hebron


Regarding “David Weprin’s Excellent Adventure” (June 25), Doug Chandler begins his report discussing Mr. Weprin’s activities but then goes off on a tangent, making one-sided and inflammatory statements about Hebron and the Jewish settlers living there. Chandler states simply that Hebron is an Arab city, and then cites Ori Nir, a spokesman for American Friends of Peace Now, who states that “the Hebron Fund … supports the most extreme settlers on the West Bank and is trying to push Palestinians from the center of Hebron.” What nonsense.

Israeli School Conflict


Regarding the travesty occurring in Emmanuel [where religious parents were jailed for refusing to send their children to school with non-religious children], irrespective of the details of whether the parents were right, wrong, racist or other — the government of Israel, through its courts, exercised wrongful and bullying power by effectively jailing the parents of these children. 

No Judaism Without Zionism


Zionism cannot survive if not imbued with Torah. Eric Herschthal’s article, “Clash Of Zionisms In the Academy” (June 25), quoted several experts on the slow demise of secular Zionism and its lack of relevancy with young, diaspora Jews, with some historians citing a lack of knowledge of the cultural aspects of Judaism. 

What would that entail? Learning about gefilte fish? Matzah balls? Barbra Streisand and her Brooklynese? Yiddish theater in the 1930s? Holocaust movies? 

Young Leaders On Boards


I read “Young Leaders Pushing For Seat At The Table” (July 2), which calls the two-day program Pursue, created in 2008, the “first of its kind within the Jewish nonprofit world,” to give nonprofit boardroom experience to 20- and 30-something Jews. I’d like to bring to your attention to the fact that for more than 30 years UJA-Federation of New York’s yearlong Observership Program has successfully trained many emerging young leaders.

Perlow Hospice History


I read with interest “More Jewish Options For End-Of-Life Care” (June 4) reporting on the acquisition by Metropolitan Jewish of the Jacob Perlow Hospice and the Zicklin Jewish Hospice Residence. Metropolitan Jewish has been a leader in hospice care for many years.

Hospice Support


As the daughter of a mother who was, and a father who is, a patient of the Metropolitan Jewish Hospice, words alone cannot do justice (“More Jewish Options For End-Of-Life Care,’” June 4).

Help For Special-Needs Families


I read your article, “Special-Needs Families Fighting Jewish Day Schools” (June 11), with considerable sadness. Beside the need to combat prejudice in this area, I believe that our yeshivas and day schools, which are now struggling financially, could and would provide more special-needs services given financial incentives and support. 

I therefore urge the federations and our philanthropists to make this cause a major funding priority. There is no greater mitzvah than saving the soul of Jewish child.



Women As Rabbis


I am in agreement with Joseph Rackman that one day there will be Orthodox women who will have the stature of a rabbi — no matter what label is used (“Mrs. Maimonides,” Opinion, June 25).

The Jewish Week has had many articles and letters for and against this issue, including a letter stating that certain leading rabbis, like Moshe Feinstein and Joseph Soloveitchik, opposed. It is interesting to that Bible scholar Nechama Leibovitz was a contemporary of theirs. 

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