• 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸