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  • Speak out on Hoffman case

    To the Editor: On the brutal treatment of Anat Hoffman, it is not enough for periodicals to report the news — take sides, for God’s sake. Rail, storm against the cruel and un-Jewish measures taken. Miriam Chaikin New York, N.Y. More ▸

  • Israel defender wants answers

    To the Editor: Re the Women of the Wall leader who was arrested at the Wall: Please tell me how a non-Jew like myself, who throughout his life has committed himself to the defense of Jews in Israel and outside; who carries out hasbara on a very regular basis; who forcibly tells Israel’s critics that… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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…. More ▸