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  • Rabbi doesn’t perform interfaith ceremonies for CJP

    To the Editor: In a recent article, the JTA inaccurately stated that “Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston has hired a gay rabbi as its first interfaith ambassador, a role in which he runs interfaith parenting workshops and presides at interfaith marriages”. He does not preside over interfaith marriages or any other religious ceremonies as part… More ▸

  • Friedman misses the point

    To the Editor: Tom Friedman cannot accept the reality that a strong majority of Americans and an even stronger majority of their elected representatives value the shared priorities, determination and cultural ties we share with Israel. In his desperate effort to change that reality, he creates his own facts, like "bought and paid for" support… More ▸

  • Reform should embrace day schools

    To the Editor: If the Reform movement truly wants to make an impact at the grass-roots level, it should provide active and meaningful support to Reform day schools. While the movement supports Reform camps, it hardly embraces Reform day schools, which some say drains membership from already struggling congregations. Day school families are leaders in… More ▸

  • No clue for Newt

    To the Editor: Is there no dog-do in the world that Newt Gingrich won’t step into? Add his hilarious remarks about the Palestinians being an invented people to his call for young, poor blacks to be hired to clean the toilets in public schools and his habit of dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars on… More ▸

  • Gingrich has it right on Palestinians

    To the Editor: Why all the fuss about what Gingrich said? The "Palestinians" are indeed an invented people, created in 1964 by the PLO Charter. It’s about time some people in positions of responsibility spoke out to burst the Arab propaganda bubble. David Singer Sydney, Australia ************************* Newt Gingrich’s remarks about the Middle East are… More ▸

  • On preserving Judaism’s long-term future

    To the Editor: As a kid growing up in Queens, N.Y., I attended a Conservative synagogue. It, too, was a bar mitzvah factory. Once I was bar mitzvahed my observance, such that it was, waned completely. For me, Jewishness was being secular in Israel. But that didn’t last, and neither did my connection. My son,… More ▸

  • Self-hating Hitchens

    To the Editor: We have enough Jews who hate themselves and are too weak to be proud, we don’t need to care about a Christopher Hitchens with his Jewish genes and anti-Jewish rhetoric. The fact that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach can be his friend gives credence to the self-loathing of Jews. Rabbi Schmuley is a perfect… More ▸

  • Needed conversation

    To the Editor: Sorry to say, Israel, but you reacted to our American Jewish anger by wimping out. Yes, you portrayed us as ignorant and foolish. You suggested that we have no ties to our homeland and that our children are growing up in a desert wasteland. No, it was not very nice; in fact… More ▸

  • Ads epitomized disrespect

    To the Editor: Re "Anger over ad campaign missed the point" and "Why are some U.S. Jews so offended by the Israeli ads aimed at expats?" on JTA’s Telegraph blog: I am being told that I am not Jewish if I happen to agree with Mr. Goldberg that these ads are the epitome of disrespect… More ▸

  • Dismay over pulled ads

    To the Editor: Re the furor over Israeli ads aimed at expats: I am dismayed at Israel for pulling the ads and angry at the Jewish Federations of North America for its implications and criticisms. In the 50-plus years that I have known the Jewish Federations, I have yet to observe what it has done… More ▸