Letters

FEGS Staff

02/18/2015

It is very disheartening to see how the suffering workers at FEGS have not
been brought to the front. (“Questions Loom In Wake Of FEGS’ Fall,” Feb. 6).

Sexual Assault On Campus

02/18/2015

While one has to have a great deal of
sympathy for Ms. Bobs-Waksberg (“On Campus, An Assault On The Status Quo,” Feb. 6), one
has to believe that the abuse of
drugs and alcohol has an awful lot to
deal with the situation that created
date rape [or other forms of sexual assault]. Often both parties are
so high or intoxicated that making out
a case of non-consensual sex is
impossible.

Wrong On Mordechai Kaplan

02/18/2015

Andrew Fretwell misrepresents the position of Mordecai Kaplan on mixed
marriage in his online op-ed piece, “Intermarriage, Sledding And That Big, Scary Tree” (posted online). In 1956, Kaplan wrote as follows in “Questions Jews Ask”:

In Praise Of Clayton Patterson

02/18/2015

Kudos to Lehman Weichselbaum and The Jewish Week for the article about
Clayton Patterson (“Lower Insider,” Feb. 6). We have known each other for more than 30 years and I’ve
always considered him an honorary Jew. Your article reminds me that I wanted
to buy two more sets of his three-volume anthology of “Jews: A People’s
History of the Lower East Side.” Before I could finish the 1,349 page opus, my brother-in-law borrowed the three tomes from me and it is now slowly
making the rounds in my family. I had also promised the rabbi of my
neighborhood synagogue that I was going to donate a set to the Adereth El
library. Thanks for the reminder.

Project Ezra Volunteers

02/11/2015

As someone who has worked with all of the volunteers sent by the German
agency ARSP (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace) to work at Project Ezra over the last 30 years, I want to
thank Sandee Brawarsky for accurately portraying the important collaboration
between our two organizations in her article last week, “From Berlin To Eritrea To The
Lower East Side.” I believe that this has been a mutually beneficial
experience, enriching both our Jewish elders as well as the German teenagers,
and Brawarsky captures it perfectly.

Keeping Old Lower East Side Alive

02/11/2015

Wonderful article on Clayton Patterson (“Lower Insider,” Feb. 6)! He continues to try to keep the old Lower East Side alive; he’s like a person piling sandbags along the Mississippi to keep the river from inundating the surrounding countryside.

Pro-Israel Films

02/11/2015

Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s Jan. 23 column, “Can Pro-Israel Films Reach A Wide Audience?”: The director of the JCC in Manhattan’s Israel Film Center, Isaac Zaplocki, has always found excuses to reject films that portray Israel in a positive light, such as “Above and Beyond,” which shows the heroism of American Jewish pilots in Israel’s war of independence. However, he has no difficulty promoting Arab propaganda films that the JCC presents in its annual “Other Film Festival.”

Man On Fire

02/11/2015

Regarding your ongoing coverage of Islamic radicalism, the image of a man set on fire is haunting. The fact that this brutal act against a fellow Muslim was performed in the name of God makes it even worse. If this is not a call to moderate and peace-loving Muslims to join the battle against ISIS and radical Islam, then I don’t know what is. The silence of moderate Muslims needs to be broken and I’m hoping that Jordan’s revulsion at their air pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh’s kidnapping and murder will propel them and other Muslim nations to speak out and fight back.

FEGS’ Downfall Is Great Loss

02/11/2015

The sudden downfall of FEGS (“Questions Loom In Wake Of FEGS’ Fall,” Feb 6) is truly shocking and a great loss for the people of New York and the Human Services community. FEGS has been an important part of the social safety net for tens of thousands of New Yorkers and has been an important employer of our students and our graduates.

Day School Endowments In L.A.

02/11/2015

George Rohr’s op-ed provides us with a salient and powerful message: Day
schools help ensure a vibrant Jewish future (“Tackling The Day School Affordability Crisis,” Education Supplement, Jan. 30). And in order for day schools to
survive and thrive, they need long-term viable income streams. Investing in
and building endowments for day schools addresses that critical need.Over the past several years, Los Angeles has also been investing in day
school endowments. 

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