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  • Galvanize for seniors’ programs

    To the Editor: In “Jewish communities grapple with baby boomer retirement boom,” Neil Rubin asks whether Jewish communities are prepared to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of seniors. It is a recognized fact that communities across America are not prepared for the country’s expanding older adult population. With the Jewish population growing at…

  • On ‘Dinner with Ahmadinejad’

    To the Editor: Years ago, while rummaging through the Toronto Jewish Archives, I ran across a letter in a local Toronto Jewish paper written in the early ’30s that shook me to the core. Apparently a young Jewish man interviewed Adolf Hitler, by chance, while visiting Germany, before Hitler was an "important" public figure. I…

  • Converting Cubans

    To the Editor: Contrary to  Ruth Ellen Gruber’s article, the San Nicandro Jews are not the “only case of collective conversion to Judaism in modern times.” A group in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, converted to Judaism en masse in 2002. I was part of a group from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York who visited with…

  • Blasting honoree’s bias

    To the Editor: The University of Haifa insists on giving an honorary degree to Canada’s minister of citizenship and immigration, Jason Kenney, despite his well-documented bias against Roma refugees. Arnie Aberman, chair of the Toronto committee organizing the award, says Kenney is being honored "for his steadfast position against anti-Semitism and for his solidarity with…

  • B’nai B’rith is on sound financial footing

    To the Editor: Your story, “Federal takeover of B’nai B’rith pension raises questions on group’s future,” misrepresented our situation. There are no questions about our future. It is strong, as it has been for nearly 170 years.  Yes, B’nai B’rith International chose to seek assistance from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in order to…

  • Slanted Uman article

    To the Editor: Your article on Uman is biased and slanted. I operate two kosher restaurants and a small hotel all year in Uman and we have absolutely the opposite experiences than the ones your report. We have Jewish and non-Jewish clientele and staff, and none of the friction that you write about exists in…

  • Did Dems really pass Jerusalem vote?

    To the Editor: I am not a supporter of President Obama and his policies regarding Israel, but to merely say that the Democratic Party’s platform "returned" to its prior language regarding Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is stretching the truth. Mayor Villaraigosa (the former Tony Villar) had to call for the vote three times, hesitate and…

  • JVP chief lacking credibility

    To the Editor: Jewish Voice for Peace national director Rebecca Vilkomerson is disingenuous in her letter “Half Truths on BDS movement.” Her claim that she was tricked into conducting the interview with the American Free Press lacks credibility. Her letter omits that she had given another interview to this radical right-wing website 18 months earlier….

  • Half-truths on BDS movement

    To the Editor: Ken Stern’s Op-Ed on the BDS campaign was filled with cherry-picked facts and half-truths. Stern referred to a despicable anti-Semitic and racist website that ran an interview with me as proof that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is anti-Semitic. I let Mr. Stern know, backed by documentation, that the interviewer had…

  • New Orleans growing

    To the Editor: I enjoyed your recent article on the New Orleans Jewish community and the amazing story of the dedication of the new Beth Israel Synagogue after its old building was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. I want to clarify, however, that the Jewish population of New Orleans was 9,500 in 2005 before Katrina, not…