Special-Needs Inclusion


 Your story about special-needs families missed a very important aspect of inclusion, which is that children who are “differently abled” bring unique perspectives and opportunities to typical children and adults (“Special Needs Families Fighting Jewish Day Schools,” June 11).

Lessons From Lanner


 I read with interest Gary Rosenblatt’s column on the 10th anniversary of The Jewish Week’s breaking of the Rabbi Baruch Lanner story (June 18).

More than 15 years ago, I was a high school senior at Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass., and an active member of the NCSY youth group. It was in that capacity that once I met Rabbi Lanner, who made an appearance at the New England Region’s Spring Regional in West Hartford, Conn., I believe. 

Turn Inward


 While the excessive sentence of Aaron Rubashkin might be considered a miscarriage of justice, I find it to be even more troubling that we as a community will once again miss the much-needed opportunity to turn inward (“Rubashkin Sentence Seen As ‘Piling On’,” June 25).

We are great at outrage but terrible at “inrage.” When did our community lose its moral compass? 



Where’s The Outrage?



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.” 

Misplaced Support


 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).

Out At Home


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.  

Giving Thanks


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. 

Unfair To Single Out MDS


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.

Every Jew Is Precious


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. 

Education For All


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).

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