Friday, February 21, 2020

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Active Shooter Protocol

It’s important to know what to do during an active shooter attack and I was pleased to read about the recent seminar at St. Mary’s Hospital (“St. Mary’s Active Shooter Seminar Seeks to Save Lives,” February 13) but I must offer one important correction. The article states, “a civilian should never attempt to

Combating Anti-Semitism

On Monday evening, February 10, Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center addressed the Highland Park community on “Anti-Semitism: The Evil in Our Midst.”

Mark Weitzman is the director of government affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is a member of the official U.S. delegation to the International

I Spy With My Jewish Eye

Even though the Miami Marathon did not occur during yeshiva week this year, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a girl in a skirt or a boy wearing a yarmulka every quarter of a mile as I was pushed through the streets of Miami by my Kids of Courage counselors. Our individual fundraising team pushed to reach

Anti-Semitism in Our Midst

Two seemingly disparate pieces in this week’s JLNJ (“Bipartisan NJ Bill Will Allow Guns in Shul,” by Harry Glazer, February 12, and “Why Are Democrats Skipping Out on AIPAC,” by Jonathan Tobin, February 13) are actually two parts of the same problem, that is, the alarming increase in anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment in the

Tackling the ‘Ashke-Sefard Dilemma’

Joel Davidi Weisberger’s feature article about my piece “The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma” (A Response to “The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma,” February 6, 2020) delineates various nuances in Hebrew pronunciation about which there is no argument. However, my usage of the term Sephardic Hebrew, as opposed to Israeli Hebrew, is simply a literal

Keeping Hebrew Dialects Alive

I totally agree with Rabbi Joel Davidi Weisberger’s assertions in his article (A Response to ‘The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma,’ February 6, 2020). It is very sad to me that, in the melting pot that was the Yishuv in the pre-state era and in the early stages of Israel existence, we have lost the distinct pronunciations of the Hebrew

Let’s Avoid Divisiveness

I was very disheartened when I read the two stories that appeared on page 9, Allison Davis’ post on The Teaneck Drum and “Taking a Lesson From Dr. King: Divisive Attacks Have No Place in Government” by Mark Schwartz. (January 30, 2020)

I first read the post sent by Ms. Davis to The Teaneck Drum.

Remembering Paul Freedman, z”l

For those who are alumni of Camp Hillel, White Lake, NY, in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, one cannot help but smile at the name Paul Freedman. I recently heard of Paul’s passing and needed to express some thoughts at the loss of a truly special soul. Paul acted as the nature counselor at Hillel, taking children on overnights and

Vote for the ZOA Coalition, To Defend Israel, Sovereignty And the Jewish People

A few days ago, the 2020, once-in-five-years election for the World Zionist Congress began. We urge you to vote for the ZOA Coalition slate (Slate #11) today. Please go to VoteZOA.org for the voting link.

We’re a coalition of 27 of the strongest activist pro-Israel organizations, including the Zionist

Recognition of St. Mary’s General Hospital

Kudos to The Jewish Link for the follow-up articles on St. Mary’s General Hospital (“St. Mary’s General Hospital’s 2020 Vision,” January 9, 2020) and the marvelous community relations this facility has been engaging in to promote its great undertaking to be a participant to the growth of the Jewish community in Passaic.

Recognizing Carl Lutz

I was pleased to read the article about Carl Lutz in The Jewish Link (“Carl Lutz: The Mystery Savior,” January 16, 2020) and I would like to thank you for promoting his action in Budapest, which will remain the largest rescue operation of Jews during the Second World War.

Twenty Percent Doesn’t Add Up

Has anyone stepped up to use some basic math to show that there were not 20% of all U.S. Orthodox Jews at the siyum last week?

I was startled to read an article in shul this morning about the state of math in Brooklyn yeshivas and then read that letter in your