Where To Place My Obit


I am very proud of the contributions I have made to the Jewish community. Though I plan to live to 120 and continue my efforts, should I have miscalculated and leave somewhat earlier, I doubt The New York Times will have reversed their disgraceful treatment of the Jewish community by then (“With Times Under Siege, Jewish Reporters Hit Back,” May 24).

I know a longstanding tradition of the Jewish community is to place expensive tributes in The New York Times obituary section. This is a source of income to them, so if some feel the urge to honor me, I insist they not use The New York Times, but place the tribute with one of our great Jewish newspapers. Trust me, they could all use the income.

I would be pleased to know that my last act to help the Jewish community was having my obituary in the Jewish media rather than in The New York Times. I suggest any of you offended by the behavior of The Times join me — after you cancel your subscription.

Editor’s Note: Mr. Levin is a former president of UJA-Federation of New York.