Letters


October 24, 2003

Ford Foundation Backs Proponents of Peace In his October 16 cover story, author Edwin Black implies that the Ford Foundation was responsible for anti-Israel sentiment at the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, and that Ford is negligent in its oversight of how grant monies are used (“Ford…Read More


October 17, 2003

New Republic: Editorial Bias Charge ‘Absurd’ Author Stephen Schwartz’s insinuation in an October 10 article that a New Republic panel discussion sponsored by Saudi Arabia was designed to be pro-Saudi is absurd, as anyone who attended it would know (“New Republic Cancels an Invite to Foe of Saudis”).Neither the Saudis nor any other…Read More


Letter October 10, 2003

Use Bush Audience To Push Communal NeedsI was among the rabbis who met with President Bush on September 29, and feel that I must respond to the unfortunate spin that the Forward gave the meeting in an October 3 news article and an accompanying editorial (“Rabbi Presses the President On Rise in American Poverty”; “Speaking the TruthRead More


October 3, 2003

Communal Celebration Not Just a Private Party I am grateful to Karla Goldman for her thoughtful September 19 opinion article on the planning conference convened by Celebrate 350 (“Throw an Open Party for U.S. Jewry’s 350th”).Goldman recognizes the historic significance of the celebration to be launched officially…Read More


September 26, 2003

Survey Affects People Lost in the criticism of the fraudulent intermarriage number is a fuller understanding of its impact on people’s lives (“The 52% Fraud,” September 12). The 1990 population survey affected the emotional lives of individuals and families. Having declared a crisis, many in the organized Jewish community accused those JewsRead More


September 26, 2003

By Ira Sheskin

The finding of the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey that 52% of Jews who married from 1985 to 1990 had married non-Jews was nothing less than a clarion call to action for organized Jewry (“The 52% Fraud,” September 12).Jewish continuity commissions were formed in many Jewish communities. Birthright Israel was established.Read More


September 19, 2003

Lithuanians Celebrate Common Litvak History The government of Lithuania takes exception to the tone of the September 5 “Letter From Vilnius” and the perception it gives Forward readers on the relationship between Lithuanian Jews and non-Jews (“A Litvak-less Birthday Bash”).The Lithuanian and Jewish peoples have much in common.Read More


September 12, 2003

Burg: Voice of Reason, Or Defeatist Leader?Opinion writer Avraham Burg’s words are a sign that there remains in Israel a voice of reason and justice (“A Failed Israeli Society Collapses While Its Leaders Remain Silent,” August 29).As a Greek citizen, I could never envision Izmir (Smyrna) and Istanbul (Konstantinoupoli) ever belonging…Read More


September 5, 2003

Impassioned Warning Or Confused Criticism? Former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg’s scathing critique of the present state of Zionism is as painful as it is true (“A Failed Israeli Society Collapses While Its Leaders Remain Silent,” August 29).Burg discloses what seems so obvious yet so unspoken in the Jewish media — that we are committing…Read More


August 29, 2003

United on Immigration The Forward does a grave disservice to its readers in its story “Groups Rebuking Feds’ Move on Asylum” (August 22) in citing Stephen Steinlight of the Center for Immigration Studies. He has been used as a source for several stories relating to immigration — always as the opposing voice when covering this very….Read More


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