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.
Calling Prager a ‘Bigot’ Is Simply Irresponsible Whether one agrees or disagrees with Dennis Prager, he is not taking issue with Keith Ellison’s religion or the Quran (“Koch: Kick Pundit off Shoah Board,” December 15). He only takes issue with the fact that Ellison has declared that he will leave the Bible out of his private swearing-in ceremony.
Boston Study Question Did Not Bias Results As the principal researchers who conducted the recently released Boston Jewish community study, we appreciate the comments by opinion writers Steven M. Cohen, Jack Ukeles and Ron Miller regarding our finding that the majority of children in intermarried homes are being raised as Jews (“Read Boston Study on Intermarriage With Caution,” December 8). We concur that there are likely other communities that have had similar success as Boston, but we take issue with the view that our question may have resulted in a bias.
Embrace Ethics Reform Has our communal leadership lost its collective mind (“Jewish Groups To Challenge Ethics Reform,” December 1)? Congressional trips to Israel and worthy community projects do not have to be endangered by ethics reform; they should continue under the basic operations of Congress — not as payoffs for lobbyists whose raison d’etre is the “pay to play” political culture which has poisoned our democratic process for far too long.
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