At Odds with Party

The appointment of Jim Zogby, Colonel West and Keith Ellison to the Democratic Party Platform Committee is very troubling. Although purported to bring “balance” to the Democratic Party’s position on Israel and the Palestinians, both Zogby and West have in the past questioned Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish homeland and Jewish claims to… Read More

‘Seeds of Love’

Shirley J. Shafran (Jerri to all who know and love her) has relinquished the reins as  Congregation Kneseth Israel’s  pre-school director. Jerri is known for her laughter and giving hugs. She is as beloved by her staff as she is by the children. Her caring, friendship and boundless love for the children is evident by… Read More

Modesty Matters

Last week, I attended a conference at the Newseum in  Washington, D.C.  I and many of my colleagues approached the restrooms on our break only to find out that in  response to bathroom correctness, the Newseum had placed “Family” signs over the men’s and women’s restrooms and installed locks (“It Is Bigotry, Not Religious Freedom,”… Read More

Writer Off Target

In a JT Your Say letter (“On Closer Inspection,” May 20), Steve Weissman criticizes the David Samuels interview of Ben Rhodes, an adviser to President Barack Obama, in which Rhodes talks about misleading the nation regarding the negotiations with Iran. The interview was discussed  in a May 13 JT editorial,  “Misleading with Contempt.” The original… Read More

Trump: No Way!

During my recent trip to Israel laying to rest my beloved wife, may she rest in peace, many Israelis, as well as articles in The Jerusalem Post and in the JT, have expressed concern about Donald Trump becoming the next president of the United States. In essence, I told the Israelis that based on my… Read More

On Closer Inspection

Right diagnosis, wrong patient (“Misleading with Contempt,” May 13). David Samuels, the author of The New York Times piece cited, is a long-standing implacable foe of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action who has even supported, in print, an Israeli air strike against Iran. As J.J. Goldberg notes in his Forward analysis “What That Ben… Read More

Read ‘My Promised Land’

I can’t believe that any Jewish Democrat or Republican could be sympathetic toward the Palestinians for killing Jews in Israel (“Israeli Lives Matter,”  May 13). What are the Jews doing to these poor souls that justify the Palestinians’ murderous actions? I will be glad to argue with any Jew who has that attitude, providing that… Read More

Engage at Myerberg

I enjoyed your Insider Focus on Seniors and would like to share with Jewish Times readers that the Edward A. Myerberg Center offers many programs which promote mental and physical health for older adults. Research shows that older adults who engage with others and receive intellectual stimulation will stay healthy and at home longer. To… Read More

‘Narrow-Minded Destructive Logic’

Sadly, I was not at all surprised to read that Agudath Israel of America opposes the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse offenses. This narrow-minded and destructive logic has long been a dangerous and destructive force in so many Jewish communities. The statement from the Agudah that… Read More

Boos? What Boos?

In “Biden, Kerry Defend Administration’s Legacy at J Street Event” (April 22), the JT made the highly misleading statement that Biden “was booed at the AIPAC Policy Conference” in contrast to the applause he received at J Street. I attended the AIPAC Policy Conference and was present during the vice president’s speech. I heard no… Read More