Ensuring Jewish continuity by providing, among other things, good Jewish education is a critical responsibility of the Jewish community. It is a responsibility that the wealthiest Jewish community in all history should be able to manage if it wants to. But is it a responsibility of the taxpayers of the State of New York? Your Editorial of June 12, “Help For Parents With Day School Tuition,” assumes that it is and therefore enthusiastically supports a bill now before the state legislature that would provide millions of dollars in tax credits for families sending their children to parochial schools.
In the June 3 Editorial, “Promoting Disunity,” the editor calls out JCC Watch for “confus[ing] the public,” when it comes to the role UJA-Federation of New York plays in the Jewish Communal Fund’s grant allocation. Perhaps JCC Watch is using the commonly employed method of conveniently leaving out details to make its point more clearly in a short amount of space. The editor explains the JCF granting process and writes, “JCC Watch knows all that but prefers to confuse the public.”
Why doesn’t The Jewish Week criticize UJA-Federation for its financial relationship with Jewish Communal Fund (JCF), which funds Israel-bashing organizations like B’Tzelem, which participates in Israel Apartheid Week programs (“Promoting Disunity,” Editorial, June 5)? And why doesn’t the Jewish “flagship” newspaper pressure major donors to UJA-Federation and other communal leaders to sever relationships with the New Israel Fund, which funds BDS supporters?
If Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s habit of bringing boys and young men with him into the sauna was perfectly acceptable, why was it kept hushed by leaders of the congregation (“With Sauna ‘Secret’ Out, Riverdale Shul Faces Tough Choice,” June 5)? Why wasn’t this announced from the pulpit: Boys and youth, take off your clothes, your rabbi wants to mentor you.