Letters

Anne Meara, Wife Of Jerry Stiller and Mother Of Ben, Dies

05/27/2015

Anne Meara, the wife and comedy partner of Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor and director Ben Stiller, has died.

Selection Bias

05/27/2015

The survey results showing the positive influence of The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ) trips to Israel
(“Orthodox Israel Trips Keeping Young Jews Engaged,” May 15) may suffer from
a selection bias that undermines the validity of the conclusions. Students
who choose to go on these trips are likely to be more engaged and committed
Jews to begin with, which is why they choose the TJJ trip, and thus it is not
the trip itself that is responsible for their responses.

Spoiled Kids

05/27/2015

Recent articles on problems with Modern Orthodoxy have missed the boat (“The Modern Orthodox Brain Drain, II,” May 1).

Long, Expensive Road

05/27/2015

Professor Sharon Flatto is right on the money (“The Modern Orthodox Brain Drain, II,” Opinion, May 1).

Windows Better Off Where They Are

05/27/2015

Regarding “The Mystery Of The Missing Stained Glass Windows” (April 3), I have been a citizen of Mahanoy City, Pa., for 67 years
now, and I knew just about all of the Jewish families that lived here. They were all wonderful
people. But I must say this: The worst thing they could do
is put those windows back in [Beth Israel, the synagogue from which they were removed]. Because now they have made public the
value of the windows.

Start Early

05/27/2015

Wouldn’t the Birthright experience be much more meaningful for its participants if they had stronger Jewish backgrounds before their trip, during their high school years? (“What’s Next After Birthright Next?” Editor’s column, May 22)

Reaching Birthright Alums

05/27/2015

Regarding “What’s Next After Birthright Next?” (Editor’s column, May 22): The lack of creative thinking in crafting these programs is pretty shocking. Perhaps none of the people in leadership who are thinking through post-Birthright options is a parent of Birthright alums who are secularists, but nonetheless have a strong sense of Jewish pride and identity. Or perhaps they are too far removed from the mindset of these alums to have a sense of what would really work to sustain the connectedness and emotional high provided by Birthright.

Shabbat Dinners

05/27/2015

In Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “What’s Next After Birthright Next?” (May 22), he cites various programs to engage alumni of Birthright trips
into Jewish life. OneTable’s Aliza Kline wants everyone to feel included at
Shabbat dinners by making rituals very optional or watered down. She claims
she doesn’t want anyone to feel awkward.

College Calendar

05/27/2015

As a SUNY graduate 35 years ago, I am disappointed to hear that SUNY is
still having commencement exercises on Shabbat at any SUNY school, especially
one of the four university centers (“Orthodox Jewish Commencement Speaker Gets It Done,” Jewish Week online, May 14.).

Restitution Frustration

05/27/2015

I read about the Polish government compensation for Holocaust survivors, offering about $130 a
month — enough to starve on (“New Rules Pave Way For Polish Expat Pensions,” May 22).
It is another way to avoid true restitution of
the close to $40 billion in Jewish properties that were never returned to the
owners or survivors. For past 25 years I have been trying to recover the
properties my grandfather and father owned that are valued at over $25 million.
I have documents from 1928-1938 about the ownership, and document of an
order by a German judge to transfer of the factory from my father to a
representative of Germany.

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