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  • On Nazis’ sexual abuse of boys

    To the Editor: Re the item "Jane Fonda to host Holocaust event on sexual violence": My mom, Elza Breuer, a Holocaust survivor, always spoke about the time she saw a block full of "round-faced pretty boys" at Auschwitz when she was shipped there from Hungary in July 1944. Later she was transferred to Ravensbruck. The… More ▸

  • Starting point of Soviet Jewry movement

    To the Editor: The Op-Ed "Celebrate and learn from the Soviet Jewry movement" by Daniel Eisenstadt and Michael Granoff provides us with an immediate lesson to be learned: how the memory of the Soviet Jewry struggle can be misappropriated. The authors do note and give credit to a "generation-long struggle" and "grass-roots" activists, but constructing… More ▸

  • 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 ▸