Letters: Week of September 23rd, 2016.

Where Is Our Desire to Give?

David Suissa’s ingenious dovetailing of the story of Adam Krief and the Perutz Etz Jacob Hebrew Academy highlights an even bigger crisis in the Jewish world: the lack of giving (“Saving Adam Krief and Etz Jacob,” Sept. 16). At a recent bone marrow registry drive for Adam, I was excited to see many lining up but even more dismayed and even shocked at those who refused to test. I am excited to see how many young Jewish families are living in nice homes, in beautiful neighborhoods and driving luxurious cars but even more dismayed and even shocked that they refuse to donate money to schools, synagogues, hospitals or anything

What is it about this generation that celebrates a half-finished meal or a trip to Croatia on Facebook but we rarely see the same numbers of posts for donations, drives or projects that could improve the lives of one family, one community or one world? I hope that as we enter this time before the High Holy Days, that each one of us will reflect not only on what we have achieved for ourselves, but what we have provided for others. What are we willing to give up so that collectively we can gain so much more?

Tamar Andrews

Los Angeles


Add These to the Roster

Regarding your article on Jewish players with Hollywood  (“Jews Shined Among Stars on Hollywood Minor League Team,” Sept. 16), you missed at least one: second baseman Mike Chozen (1945). 

Inasmuch as you included an off-field employee of the Stars (Irv Kaze), it might have been good to mention probably the greatest and most creative concessionaire in baseball history. In an era when the only souvenir you could get at the ballpark was a cap and sometimes a yearbook, Danny Goodman with the Stars and for 25 years with the Dodgers (where his title was “Director of Advertising, Novelties and Souvenirs”) revolutionized the marketing of an array of “branded” items.  Now, even the lowest-level minor league clubs have souvenir shops with countless items available.  

Another worthy of mention would be Mark Scott, the Stars’ radio play-by-play man for a number of years.  

Bob Hoie
San Marino


Thoughts on ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

I truly enjoyed reading the article by Shmuel Rosner, because it emphasizes the fact that there are multiple opinions on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion that the Palestinians want to ethnically cleanse their potential Palestinian state for peace (“Why Netanyahu Is Right and Wrong About Palestinian ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ ” Sept. 16). Specifically, the article details how the demand for Jews to vacate the “Palestinian territory” may be outrageous, yet calling the demand an “ethnic cleansing” may be taking the situation too far. 

However, I do believe the author fails to mention that the Jews who live in “Palestinian territory” are in fact not forced to stay there by the Israeli government “to use as a negotiation card” or to get “sympathy from outsiders.” Rather, the people who currently live in what may become a Palestinian state have lived there all their lives and it is not in the government’s place to extract them whenever it becomes too much of an annoyance to Israel — as demonstrated by the disaster of Gush Katif, in which 8,600 people lost their homes during relocation out of the Gaza strip. While Netanyahu’s fiery statement may be brought into question, the right for Israelis to remain in their homes may not.

Shira Razi

Student at YULA High School


Palestinian Agenda 

Rob Eshman, surely you jest (“Ethnic Cleansing? Really?” Sept. 16). Have you ever read the Palestinian charter? Not only are you a Palestinian sympathizer but now you have become a Palestinian poster boy. If the Palestinians gained a state acceptable to them, in short order, Hamas would be nose-to-nose with Israelis.

As a practical and realistic matter, all countries have been taken from others with no exception. The only truism in this regard is that a country that possesses and controls its land, and can keep it, owns it.

C.P. Lefkowitz

Rancho Palos Verdes


Thanks for Supporting Troops

I enjoyed Ryan Torok’s article “A Home Away From Home for Lone Soldiers” (Sept. 16). Yasher koach for all those people who give of themselves, help support those soldiers and provide them a home away from home.

Adi Ohana

Los Angeles


Torah Wisdom

It was quite gratifying to read Rabbi Judith Halevy’s comment on Ki Tetze, “When You Go to War” (Sept. 16) with her emphasis on how a relatively minor commandment in ancient “primitive” times about how to sensitively treat an unmarried female captive should be a model of moral behavior for soldiers and all citizens in modern times as well.

Yona Sabar

via email


CORRECTION: A community story about Big Sunday (“Nonprofit Big Sunday’s Employment Program Is All About Working Well,” Sept. 16) ran under an incorrect byline. It was written by Eric Bazak.

Letters to the editor: Ted Cruz, Cologne and more Jewish L.A. options

Controversial Cruz

I am a senior and a U.S. Navy veteran and was born and raised in New York, in the city and in the Westchester suburbs. Shame on you for your comments about Jews believing in gay rights, abortions, gun controls climate change and environmental protection (“Cruz Control,” Jan. 22). You may believe in those things and that’s it. Cruz was right in saying that New York overall is a liberal bastion for Democrats, but it was not an anti-Jew remark. I am a Trump supporter and I didn’t take offense from it. The Jewish Journal should dump an empty suit like you.

Marvin Gordon, Peoria, Ariz.

Thanks very much for your article on Ted Cruz, and his anti-Semitic statement. Many of us said and feel what you stated when we heard him say it. Strong support for Israel does not ameliorate his anti-Jewish rhetoric; it merely illuminates the hypocrisy. 

Jack Newman via email

Cruz is playing into something that, unfortunately, is becoming once again more acceptable to spew out publicly — anti-Semitism. As to his “love” of Israel, some folks see it as important theologically, as a place where Christianity started, as a place to which all Jews should go so that the next stage of Christianity can begin and rapturing upward for the holy can take place. As to what Cruz really believes, who knows? However, he is allegedly very ambitious and very willing to use whatever (and probably whomever) to advance himself.

Janyce C. Katz via email

Cologne’s Day of Rage

I often find Dennis Prager’s columns to be illogical and wrong-headed, but his column on the Cologne rapes reaches new heights (“The Cologne Rapes and Our Culture of Denial,” Jan. 22). He asserts that “hundreds of German men don’t gather to do this (mass rapes)” because “they are the beneficiaries of Western Judeo-Christian and secular values relating to sexual conduct.” With this logic, I cannot imagine how he would explain the heinous rapes and other crimes committed by German men in the 20th century! Outrageous!

Debra Cohen, Los Angeles

‘Incompetent’ Tag on U.S. is Misguided

When Shmuel Rosner writes that the United States “managed to unify Israelis and Palestinians in thinking that this U.S. administration is incompetent,” he is evidently reflecting public opinion in Israel (“Ambassador Shapiro’s Mistake in Being ‘Correct,’ ” Jan. 22). Nevertheless, this view about incompetent Washington government should be challenged.

First, it seems strange that the United States, which provides more help to Israel and Palestine than any other country in the world, should be viewed as incompetent. I shudder to think how much more unstable would be the Israel-Palestine relationship if the U.S. decided not to help Israel and Palestine. Second, this view echoes Donald Trump’s charge that the American government is incompetent — that it does not have a clue about how to deal with its policy problems, and that we can and must make it competent by changing leaders. I wouldn’t put much reliance on that argument.

Barry H. Steiner, Professor of Political Science, CSU Long Beach

Could Jewish L.A. Be Even Cooler?

I looked forward with great anticipation to reading your article, “Why L.A. Is America’s Coolest Jewish City” (Jan. 15). I was frankly disappointed. Your piece did not reach out to a broad Jewish audience that would include secular Jews who are also proud of their cultural heritage. It failed to introduce us to the educational and philanthropic opportunities that are largely created and funded by Jews. And what about music, art, theater, architecture, science, medicine and business? And yes, I left out stand-up comedy. I think the idea is wonderful, but you have just scratched the surface of why L.A. is the Coolest Jewish City in America. 

Harry Wiland, Santa Monica

My wife and I are boomers, living in the Boston area and spending part of the year in L.A. to be near our son and his young family. Although I found the list very informative, most of the places identified for meeting people address the needs of the millennials. 

Gen Xers and boomers also need to meet new people, especially when they move to a new area and try to make new friends. The Israeli-American Council is a good one for me, as the IAC also exists in Boston. We are also looking for opportunities to get involved in other organizations as both of us are retired and wish to “give back” to the community.

Living in Boston, we have great bagels. We have found only mediocre samples around here. Can you identify some sources? Otherwise, my wife threatens to make her own.

Giora Hadar, Ph.D., Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Who is Yair Lapid? [VIDEO]

Shmuel Rosner, Senior Political Editor of the Jewish Journal, speaks with Jewish Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman about the results of the Jan. 23 Israeli election.