‘Holy Calling’ Defines Feiners

We were thrilled to see Arnie Feiner’s “holy” work highlighted by the JT (“A Holy Calling” Jan. 8). Arnie and Lisa Feiner have been steadfast North Oaks volunteers for more than five years, helping maintain our library shelves and repair any of our books that need attention. During our 2012 renovation project, which included the… Read More

Vice President Biden’s ‘Moonshot’

Vice President Joe Biden goes on the attack against cancer. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Last year, cancer killed an estimated 589,430 Americans. And despite recent advances in treatment, it stubbornly remains a leading cause of death. Can Vice President Joe Biden lead an American offensive that will vanquish the dreaded disease once and for all? We hope so. And while we acknowledge the danger of buying into the “moonshot”… Read More

Kudos for Schere on DFI Series Story

Daniel Schere in “Bridging the Religious Divide” (Jan. 15) presented a fabulous summary of the speakers and discussion for the second of five sessions on “New Frontiers in Confronting Anti-Semitism,” which is run by the Darrell Friedman Institute and coordinated by Neil Rubin for professionals and lay leaders in our Jewish community. The series is… Read More

One Word, Not Two

The article on “Curly’s Mojo” (Jan. 15) is in error when it refers to the Sheep’s Head Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn.  As someone born and raised in Brooklyn and whose late mother’s apartment overlooked the bay, I can tell you that the correct name is “Sheepshead Bay.”

Lennon Article Hurtful, Misleading

I read with great chagrin the JT’s  “Alleged Anti-Semitism in Council Race” (Jan. 15) impugning Derrick Lennon for alleged anti-Semitic remarks. Not only did these alleged remarks seem spurious and based on very little evidence, but they are entirely misleading and calumnious. It has been my pleasure to work with Derrick Lennon in the Glen… Read More

Obama, Practice What You Preach

I find it disturbing and disingenuous to read that President Barack Obama compares gun violence to freedom of religion. In the JT editorial “Balance of Rights” (Jan. 15), Obama states that “the right to worship freely and safely … was denied to Christians in Charleston, S.C., — and to Jews in Kansas City, Muslims in… Read More

On Gazelles and Pillars of Fire Parshat Beshalach

Traveling in Tanzania on safari, my husband pointed excitedly to a gazelle bending down in the tall grass. After a moment, I realized why he was so excited — the gazelle was standing over a wet, furry ball: a baby gazelle. Newborn gazelles are on their feet within a few days, but this calf was… Read More

‘Hostile’ Takeover?

The JT’s Jan. 8 editorial “Seeing Through the Transparancy Bill” notes how most of these government grants go to what you call “progressive Israeli” nongovernment organizations (NGOs), all of which oppose policies of the Israeli government. It is fine for Israelis to object to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s actions; diaspora Jews certainly have opinions about… Read More

No Fly, No Problem

Morton Klein’s “Don’t Endanger Americans” (Jan. 8) does an excellent job in articulating the dangers in  allowing Syrian immigrants into the U.S. — at least at this time. I understand the compassion behind permitting these refugees to migrate to the U.S., but President Barack Obama, the Democratic Party and others  advocating for accepting Syrian immigrants… Read More

History Lesson Worth Repeating

It was with great interest that I read “Chinese Food for Thought” (Jan. 15) about the Jews in China, especially in Shanghai. My late husband, Wolfgang Rotenberg, and his family left Germany in December 1939 and sailed to Shanghai, seeking asylum. After a year in that city, where the conditions for refugees were terrible, they… Read More