The front-page story, “Beersheva’s Big Tech Break” (Feb. 21), should have included the real reasons why that city is poised to grow so rapidly. The city has experienced a sea change in its outlook and development in recent years. For more than a decade, the Jewish National Fund has led the effort to convert a garbage strewn ancient wadi in the heart of the city into the Beersheva River Walk Park, an urban park that is about four times the size of New York’s Central Park.
As a member of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun — and one who does not always agree with our rabbis — I read with astonishment Anita Altman’s invitation to leave the shul because of that occasional disagreement (“Support for BJ Rabbis,” Letters, March 7).
Ami Ayalon, the focus of your March 14 “N.Y. Minute,” is an understandable choice to spearhead J Street’s national campaign for Palestinian statehood. Ayalon’s support for creating a Palestinian state presumably will impress his listeners because he has the credibility of having once headed the Shin Bet, Israel’s security services.
High praise goes to Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski for his Opinion piece, “My Struggle With Bipolar Disorder: Time To Speak Out” (March 14), and his genuine explanation of the traumatic experience he’s had in confronting his diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Steve Lipman’s illuminating article on the brilliant if enigmatic Sandy Koufax deserves high praise (“Where Have You Gone, Sandy Koufax?” March 14).
With the possible exception of biographer Jane Leavy, Lipman has teased more information from and about former Dodger pitcher and current Hall of Famer Koufax than any other writer, including the best and brightest among sports mavens. To illustrate this observation, I would like to share my baffling experience with Mr. Koufax.
With the deadline for the Mideast peace talks five weeks away and little visible progress between the Palestinians and Israelis, it looks like the U.S. is more interested in saving face at this point than actually brokering a deal. The short-term goal is to get an agreement on a U.S.-drafted framework paper to allow for further talks.
Engaging young adults is important, but what about everyone else?
Editor and Publisher
Financial advisers agree that we should diversify our investments. “Spread the money around,” we’re told, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Yet when it comes to investing in the Jewish future, our largest sources of wealth are doing the opposite of what they preach.
While the debate rages around intermarriage and Jewish continuity, it’s important to remember that: dual faith families make up some 25 percent of all the intermarried, according to Pew; they are interested in religion; without attention, they are likely to drift entirely away from any religion; and with attention, they offer real promise to sustain connections to Judaism and open avenues to greater engagement.