Sleep-away Camps Offer Both Fun and Education: When deciding to which camp to send their children, parents do not, as a June 27 article asserts, have to choose between a summer of sports, games and other enjoyable activities and a summer steeped in Jewish tradition and culture (“As Kids Head to Camp, Parents Ask If They’re Having Enough Fun”).
Protest Boycott Decision: As a professor of chemistry who has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews, Edinburgh and many other British universities, I strongly support Steven Weinberg’s refusal to lecture at Imperial College in protest of the British University and College Union’s recommendation to boycott Israeli universities (“Talk of British Boycott Silences Voice of Scientific Cooperation,” June 22). I am not a Nobel laureate, as is Weinberg, but I have written the secretary of the University and College Union indicating that I will not lecture at British universities until the union quashes its biased, antisemitic and anti-progressive recommendation.
In response to several complaints about our June 8 story “Suburbia Sells Settlers on the West Bank,” we have checked further into the accuracy of our reporting for that article. Contrary to what we initially reported, the Kwalbrun home does not have “a Jacuzzi, a fireplace and a manicured lawn.” The sale price of Marc Gottlieb’s house in Cedarhurst was also incorrectly reported. Both Dr. Lara Kwalbrun and Marc Gottlieb report that they were misquoted. The Forward retracts the article and we offer our apologies to the Kwalbrun and Gottlieb families for the article’s errors, and for the distress that these errors may have caused.
TB Can’t Spread by Hand: Tuberculosis is not spread by handshaking, as Jenna Weissman Joselit claims in an otherwise interesting and informative June 8 article (“In the News Again, Tuberculosis Victims Have History of Seeking Cures Far and Wide”). The disease is spread by the airborne route: Germs are contained in the air coughed out from the lungs of tuberculosis patients and then inhaled by someone in close and prolonged contact with that patient.
WJC Election Was Free Of Backroom Intrigue:I am not an uncritical supporter of billionaires, as a June 8 editorial on the World Jewish Congress implies (“Our Ownership Society”). But Ronald Lauder’s generous sponsorship of Jewish education in Eastern Europe and his immense contributions to Israel make him more than just another billionaire.
Access to Holocaust Archive Is Critical: The failure of the International Tracing Service to respond promptly to survivors’ requests over the years prompted the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to lead the effort to open the archive (“Shoah Survivors Slam Museum’s Archive Plan,” May 25). Negotiations with 10 nations and the International Red Cross have been time-consuming and problematic. But the diplomatic negotiations are only part of the project.
Mistreating Animals Isn’t Kosher Either: I applaud Conservative rabbis for creating a Heckscher Tzedek, or ethically based certification for kosher food, that sets humane labor standards (“Rabbis Move Ahead With New Certification Plan,” May 18). I am disappointed, however, that this certification does not include standards for humane treatment of animals.
Israel’s Peace Efforts Were Not Questioned: A May 18 article presents a woefully inaccurate account of my remarks, and those of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, with respect to our participation in public forums with Israeli government officials (“Foxman, Wiesel Upbraid Israel for Pace of Peace Effort”).
Comprehensive Reform Needed on Immigration: Poll after poll after poll released since November 2006 shows majority support for immigration solutions that include enhanced border security, workplace and employer enforcement, earned legalization for undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship, and expanded visas for future immigrant workers and families (“Cease Citing Bible To Defend Bush’s Immigration Bill,” April 27). Obfuscating this fact with an argument that we immigration advocates rely too heavily on the Bible does a disservice to the healthy discourse about how to best fix America’s immigration system.
Ex-Chief Rabbi’s Words Are Essentially Sorcery :Rabbi David Ellenson opines about Orthodox rabbis in Israel who are saying that Reform Judaism is the cause of the Holocaust and who refuse to give legitimacy to the Reform rabbinate (“Obscene Orthodox Hatred Demands a Clear Denunciation,” May 4).
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