As a former university rower, I read with delight about the growing popularity of the sport in Israel (“Israeli Rowers Make History,” July 3). It may even mean that the legendary joke about the Jewish rowing team (and perhaps, by extension, the Jewish people) may now have to be archived.
The disconnect underlying Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“‘I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?’” May 29) is not the discord reported between the views of some liberal American-Jewish leaders and the positions of Israelis representing a right-wing government just elected. It’s the likely misperception of those U.S. Jews attending this JPPI (Jewish Policy Planning Institute), believing they represent mainstream Jewish thinking here, who were frustrated that their J Street-type criticisms [of Israel] were not taken more seriously.
Steve Lipman’s article (“Helping Israeli Arabs Join The High-Tech Revolution,” April 24) on Israeli Arab penetration of the high-tech arena was certainly correct in what it said about the issues involved. But the way he described Prime Minister Netanyahu was basically wrong. The article inferred that Netanyahu’s anti-Arab stance made these advances all the more remarkable because they occurred despite the government.
The recent articles about Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt (June 5, June 12) are another reminder of the long and impressive history of editor Gary Rosenblatt and his reporters in examining sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in Jewish institutions, organizations and communities. No doubt this courageous editor, his staff, and the newspaper have paid a price for their crucial work — in terms of attacks and subscription cancellations.
Amidst the pain and self-reflection being experienced by the Jewish community in the face of the controversy over Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the courage and steadfastness of Yehuda Kurtzer, who brought this issue out from darkness to the light of open discussion (“With Sauna ‘Secret’ Out, Riverdale Shul Faces Tough Choices,” June 5).