NRA Remarks, Not Meaningful

I was distressed to see the Jewish Times give prominence to a story describing the National  Rifle Association’s position on the Newtown  Conn., school massacre (“At Last, NRA Speaks Out,” Dec. 28). The NRA is a trade association largely funded by the gun manufacturing industry and its sole mission is to sell more guns. You… Read More

More Impressive Company

I read with interest the article “Impressive Company” (Dec. 28).  However, the author made some factual errors. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is not the first Orthodox Jew in Congress. Congressman Hebert Tenzer (N.Y.) was my congressman as a young man growing up in the five towns. He also served as president of Congregation Beth Shalom and… Read More

Lamazal Tov

Regarding the Dec. 28 article “Birth- rites,” for many years, I was a childbirth educator (Lamaze method). I am an accredited Lamaze instructor. Many couples who came to classes in my home were Jewish, some more committed, some less. My home is a visibly Jewish home; many of the couples would ask me questions about… Read More

Baby Book Not New

Regarding “A Time To Be Born” (Dec. 28), my son was born in 1975, and yes, he has a Jewish baby book. The book has pages for a bris, bar mitzvah, confirmation and wedding. It was compiled by Sadie Rose Weilerstein and published by The National Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America.  The… Read More

The Year Of Campaign Finance Reform

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The 2012 presidential election is history, and yet the alarming nature of how the race was funded remains a mystery. More than $6 billion was spent during the last election cycle — more than $2 billion by the presidential candidates and their Super PACs alone — much of which was undisclosed and devoted to attack… Read More

Social Journey

Patti Neumann

Social networking is simply a means of communicating in real time with others. If you don’t already know them, the main players in social media are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Foursquare. Do you know how to use them? In my new JT social media/entertainment column, I will unveil ins-ightful dos and don’ts, skills, tips… Read More

BBYO’s Big Day

Snyder, ben

There is a feeling you get when you realize you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Every year, BBYO holds its International Convention (IC) over Presidents Day weekend. IC is a gathering of BBYO members from around the world and is known to shatter its own expectations year after year. Held in a… Read More

Questioning Mr. Hagel

When it became known that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was President Barack Obama’s likely choice as the next secretary of defense, a skirmish broke out between supporters and detractors that was reminiscent of the recent, vitriolic presidential campaign. Now that the president has formally nominated Mr. Hagel, it is time to ignore the slogans… Read More

Stop The Free Fall

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I can’t get Newtown, Conn., out of my thoughts. It’s only been a little more than two weeks since Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and started killing children. The other day, I read another tragic story about the killing of a young girl. She wasn’t a soldier on the front… Read More

A Better Plan?

Rosellen Fleishman (“Artistic Controversy,” Letters, Dec. 21) damns the “Ultra Orthodox marginalized fanatics” for requiring that pictures of semi-nude people be covered up at a [Macks Center for Jewish Education] exhibit [hosted by the Jewish Community Center. I wonder if she knows that those so-called fanatics have spent thousands of hours studying a plan of… Read More