A Community Liaison, Not a Special Pleader: I read with interest your article about candidates vying for the Jewish liaison position in the Obama White House, a position I held under President Gerald Ford (“The Race Is on for Hot Job as Obama’s Liaison to Nation’s Jews,” December 5).
When Nonprofits Fold For the Wrong Reasons: I am troubled by remarks made by Gary Tobin, president of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, in your November 21 article “Not-for-Profits Brace for Trouble.” He said, “I think you’ll see some small nonprofits fold, or at least go into a holding pattern. Given the tens of thousands of Jewish organizations, if a few don’t make it out, it’s not going to be a tragedy.” I don’t mean to single out Tobin, as I’ve heard similar sentiments in other quarters, including recently from a member of a prominent philanthropic family.
Seliger’s Opinion on Conference Misguided: As organizers of the November 23 conference “Jews Uniting To End the War and Heal America,” we are greatly angered by Ralph Seliger’s November 21 opinion piece “The Progressive Politics We Need.”
Mock Meat Is Kosher: With three of the five largest kosher beef plants in the United States having stopped production, consumers can expect significant shortages of kosher meat as well as price hikes (“Shelves Empty as Three Plants Stop Beef Production,” November 14). But don’t worry: Many companies make great-tasting, kosher-certified mock meats.
Jewish Women Have ‘Down-Home Charm’: Your October 24 news article “Sarah Palin Hits a Nerve Among Jewish Women, But It’s a Raw One” argues that the “down-home charm that Palin projects in lieu of a focus on nuance or detail is particularly off-putting for many Jewish women, who are likely to be highly educated, urban, and upper-middle class.”