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  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • On New Orleans synagogue’s new home

    To the Editor: The article about the new synagogue building in the New Orleans area is somewhat bittersweet to me, but it brought back many memories. From 1984 to 1987 I lived in Metairie, about three miles from the old Beth Israel on Canal Boulevard. My family had relatives in the New Orleans area, and… More ▸

  • Avoid gov’t funding for Jewish education

    To the Editor: Jewish education and religious freedom are both vital to the American Jewish community, but it would be a mistake to sacrifice one for the other, as advocated by Shai Franklin. We are in agreement that Jewish education is essential to strengthening the community and countering assimilation. My June 29 op-ed highlighted the… More ▸

  • Recognize Palestinian nonviolence

    To the Editor: In his JTA Op-Ed, Rabbi Kenneth Cohen dismissed the Palestinian nonviolence movement as irrelevant as "a Flat Earth Society in Gaza" and opposed an alleged overconcentration on that movement by Churches for Middle East Peace and by Quakers.  As a Quaker lobbyist representing the Friends Committee on National Legislation on the CMEP… More ▸

  • Churches’ group on the Middle East

    To the Editor: Churches for Middle East Peace is grateful to Rabbi Kenneth Cohen for his sincere reflections about our annual advocacy conference. We hope that Rabbi Cohen’s commentary will open further dialogue between CMEP and the Jewish community. CMEP is a coalition of 24 national church denominations and organizations from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox… More ▸

  • No ‘right’ concessions for Israel

    To the Editor: James Klutznick’s conclusions in his Op-Ed are profoundly misguided. The rule of law should be applied equally. No one, in Jewish communities or Arab settlements, should be permitted to build on land legally owned by another. Israeli law finally emulates American law in outlawing direct foreign government funding of organizations opposed to… More ▸

  • German hospital’s circumcision shame

    To the Editor: Under the circumstances of the Cologne ruling on circumcision, I could understand general hospitals not allowing religious circumcisions. But a so-called Jewish hospital going along with that — in of all places Berlin, Germany — I find alarming, disturbing and highly disappointing. What’s so Jewish about this Jewish hospital, and from whom… More ▸

  • On the term ‘Polish death camps’

    To the Editor: Re your Archive blog post about Obama: History should be based on the facts, not conclusions. The term "Polish death camps" didn’t come out of nowhere but was popularized by former Nazi Alfred Benzinger in 1956. Through his special "Agency 114," Benzinger invented a plan to introduce the expression "Polish death camps"… More ▸