No organization should be beyond criticism. I read about the closing of 92Y Tribeca with minor dismay. The decision to move to Makor in 2007 from a central location to an inconvenient location made no sense.
In his March 29 column (“Who’s To Say How Funders Spend Their Money?”), Gary Rosenblatt selectively covered a moment in a panel discussion that I was a part of at the recent Jewish Funders Network Conference.
Regarding the story “Who’s To Say How Funders Spend Their Money?” (Between the Lines, March 29) — how can Birthright’s success be measured? It is not a religious trip, it presents one side of Israel, and there’s no follow-up obligation.
I want to commend David Cheifetz for “coming out” as a victim of childhood sex abuse in a Jewish institution and on his significant and practical imperatives for minimizing the likelihood of our children becoming victims in the future (“Sharing The Secret That’s Haunted My Soul,” March 29).
David Cheifetz, who wrote that he was sexually abused at summer camp and then made to feel he was to blame (“Sharing The Secret That’s Haunted My Soul,” March 29), rightly asks us in the Orthodox community, “How many rabbis have raised their voices to increase awareness or called for fundamental change?”
Most Jews, both in Israel and overseas love the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). We donate to its support services, we say special prayers regularly for the well-being of the soldiers, we feel grief when soldiers are injured and, tragically, killed, and we rejoice when they return safely from their missions.
As the column, “Can We Still Talk To Each Other? Do We Really Want To? (Between The Lines, March 22), inadvertently shows, there is not a problem with interdenominational cooperation; there is a problem with the lack of cooperation between Orthodox and non-Orthodox.