Leaders Did Not Applaud ZOA’s Criticism of Abbas A February 16 article reports on a meeting between Richard Jones, America’s ambassador to Israel, and participants in a recent Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations mission to Israel (“As Capitals Cautiously Greet Palestinian Deal, Israel’s Allies in D.C. Push for Pressuring Hamas”). In the article, Zionist Organization of America head Morton Klein is quoted as saying that all his fellow participants “broke out in applause” after he lectured American ambassador Richard Jones about extremism in the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas.
Must Our Own Level Blood Libel Charge? Nearly 100 years ago, my grandfather Mendel Beilis was accused of blood libel in Kiev, Ukraine (“Scholar Pulls Book Revisiting Blood Libel,” February 16). After being dragged out of his house by the police in the middle of the night and placed in prison for 27 months, he was found not guilty following a five-week trial.
Resolution on Iraq War To Incorporate Feedback A February 2 article distorts the process by which the Union for Reform Judaism is going about deciding how to update its 2005 biennial convention resolution criticizing the war in Iraq in light of changing circumstances (“Reform Considers Call for Full Iraq Pullout”).
Attack on AJCommittee Essay Was Over the Top A February 2 editorial on a new essay by Alvin Rosenfeld published by the American Jewish Committee was way over the top (“Infamy”).
Columnist Got It Wrong, Limmud Conference Is A Boon to Jewish World Like David Klinghoffer, I had the opportunity to spend Martin Luther King Day weekend serving as a presenter at this year’s Limmud New York conference. But unlike your columnist, I found my initial experience with Limmud both enlightening and inspiring (“The Limitations of Liberal Pluralism,” January 19).
AJCongress Did Not Leave Campus Coalition The American Jewish Congress has not, as a January 19 article reports, resigned from the Israel on Campus Coalition (“Campus Coalition Split Over Progressive Union”). The letter cited in the article was sent by an assistant regional director acting without clearance from national headquarters, or even from her regional director. That is not to say that we weren’t disturbed by the decision by the Union of Progressive Zionists to sponsor a campus tour by leaders of the Breaking the Silence movement.
Itche Goldberg’s Dream For Journal Came True The passing of Itche Goldberg should not pass without the following note (“Journal Editor, 102, Devoted to Yiddish,” January 5). The obituary for him in The New York Times contained this quote from the paper’s 2004 article on his 100th birthday…
Is Global Warming To Blame for Rising Tide?
A December 29 editorial reports that the Indian island of Lohachara in the Bay of Bengal was “the first inhabited island on earth swept away by rising seas as a result of global warming” (“The Tide Is Turning”).
Scholar Not Only One To Doubt Population Figure
A December 22 article and a related editorial cast Israeli statistician Sergio DellaPergola as standing alone against a consensus of American experts when it comes to the size of the American Jewish population (“New Studies Put U.S. Jewry Over 6 Million Mark”; “Stop Worrying: Details Follow”). However, we — one of us a former chair of the American Statistical Association Advisory Committee to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the other a member of the National Technical Advisory Committee to the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01 — are among the many American statisticians familiar with the technical problems who agree with DellaPergola on this matter.
Judith Regan Is No Antisemite Judith Regan an antisemite (“An Editor of Many Sins, But… ‘Antisemite’?” December 22)? She’s got a brilliant mouth and a Sicilian temper, but I’ve been her friend for 22 years and she doesn’t have a Jew-hating bone in her body. You can ask my daughters, whose bat mitzvahs she attended.
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