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June 15, 2006
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Scholarship, Citizenship: School Promotes Both

The 50th-anniversary celebration of the Perelman Jewish Day School was glorious, and especially gratifying to those of us who worked so hard in the early days, when the school was known as the Solomon Schechter Day School (City & Suburb: "50 Years and Counting: Perelman Day School to Celebrate a Milestone," May 25).

I served as president of the school from 1970 to 1973. How mightily supporters of day-school education strove back then to get community support so evident at this recent event.

My joy was enhanced when I spoke to eighth-graders last month on Shavuot.

The topic was, "The Ten Commandments and the First Amendment." The point was to make Jewish children aware that law encompasses both the Torah and the Constitution of the United States - and their duty is to serve both.

I was thrilled by the intelligent responses of the students! It was a demonstration that Jewish day-school education can be an ideal combination of Jewish and secular study, and promotes good citizenship for American democracy.

The Perelman celebration also touched upon support for Israel, and here, we missed among the photos of the children the picture of our daughter Sara, being embraced by Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, upon her visit to Philadelphia. The picture appeared on the front page of the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.

Sara, representing the school, greeted the prime minster in Hebrew, our daughter's first language.

When we asked her what it was like to be hugged by Golda Meir, Sara's response was eternal: "It felt like savta!" - "grandmother."
Burton Caine
Professor of Constitutional Law
Temple Law School
Philadelphia



Don't Put 'Partisan Slant' on Diplomat's Speech

I'm sorry to say that your article regarding the recent "Community Conversation" featuring Israel's Ambassador to the United States Daniel Ayalon and organized by Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) did not tell the entire story correctly (People & Politics: "Ayalon Gets a Bird's-Eye View of Montco Congressional Politics," June 8).

The article stated that "the event was not overtly partisan." And yet, the piece attempted to certainly put a partisan slant on the event by saying that "the Republican Jewish Coalition sent out an e-mail encouraging its supporters to attend," as if it was the only organization promoting this event.

Because this event featured a speaker that the Jewish community would be interested in hearing, many organizations - Israel Bonds, synagogues including my own Tiferet Bet Israel and several nonpartisan interested groups - helped promote this event with e-mails to their respective groups.

The article commented that a printout highlighting Gerlach's "pro-Israel votes" was in the event program. Gerlach should be proud of his 100 percent voting record in his three years as a Congressman supporting U.S.-Israel ties.

This demonstrates what a good friend of Israel we have in him, and what a significant ally we have in Israel with Ambassador Ayalon.

You would have served your readers better had you focused more on the intended purpose of the event - acknowledging the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Stuart Drobny
Blue Bell

Piece Strong but Soft on Those Who Favor Abbas
I liked Jonathan Tobin's column about Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's visit to the United States (A Matter of Opinion: "Don't Take Us for Granted!" June 1).

But it was too soft on Jewish American support of Palestinians like Mahmoud Abbas or the Hamas terrorists.

These misguided left-wing Jews will not learn from history. Neither will Olmert.

Nothing will satisfy the Arabs or the leftists but the elimination of Israel. Perhaps not entirely the leftists, though their policies will only lead to Israel's demise.
Morton Zablotsky
Boynton Beach, Fla.



Get Religious Leaders Into the Mideast Picture!

I read Lutheran Bishop Roy Almquist's thoughtful article on his trips to Israel in 2005 and 2006.

The illegal war of 1948 against Israel led to the capture of eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by Jordan and Egypt. All Jews were expelled, as well as 50 percent of the Christians who remained there.

Israel's 1967 defensive war regained the stolen lands, and under international law, Israel was the only claimant.

The first legal entity, the Palestinian Authority, was founded in 1993. From 1967 on, Israel granted the Arabs freedom of religion and education, local elections and infrastructure. It changed to terrorism against Israel by Yasser Arafat and his PLO.

Israel is not an occupier of Arab lands. Only a peace treaty can determine boundaries.

The Muslims have been brainwashed in their schools, media and mosques that only Muslims should occupy the Middle East, and that non- Muslims are infidels, subject to Muslim rule.

Peace is only possible when all of Israel's neighbors sign peace treaties, guaranteed by the Security Council of the United Nations.

Perhaps religious leaders should unite to end wars and the anarchy of terrorism. For politicians have failed.
Henry J. Lotto
Philadelphia



Rabbi Punched in Chest, Not in the Face

Just one small correction regarding the Jewish Telegraphic Agency report "Pope's Poland Visit Bridges Faiths in a Nation With Simmering Tensions" (Nation & World, June 1).

Rabbi Michael Schudrich was not punched in the face as was reported; he was punched in the chest.

I want to make it clear, however, that it does not make the act any less despicable.

As a Pole, I am outraged and deeply embarrassed by the attack, and only hope the perpetrator will be caught and punished most severely.
Jacek Siudowski
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Scholarship, Citizenship: School Promotes Both
The 50th-anniversary celebration of the Perelman Jewish Day School was glorious, and especially gratifying to those of us who worked so hard in the early days, when the school was known as the Solomon Schechter Day School (City & Suburb: "50 Years and Counting: Perelman Day School to Celebrate a Milestone," May 25).

I served as president of the school from 1970 to 1973. How mightily supporters of day-school education strove back then to get community support so evident at this recent event.

My joy was enhanced when I spoke to eighth-graders last month on Shavuot.

The topic was, "The Ten Commandments and the First Amendment." The point was to make Jewish children aware that law encompasses both the Torah and the Constitution of the United States - and their duty is to serve both.

I was thrilled by the intelligent responses of the students! It was a demonstration that Jewish day-school education can be an ideal combination of Jewish and secular study, and promotes good citizenship for American democracy.

The Perelman celebration also touched upon support for Israel, and here, we missed among the photos of the children the picture of our daughter Sara, being embraced by Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, upon her visit to Philadelphia. The picture appeared on the front page of the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.

Sara, representing the school, greeted the prime minster in Hebrew, our daughter's first language.

When we asked her what it was like to be hugged by Golda Meir, Sara's response was eternal: "It felt like savta!" - "grandmother."
Burton Caine
Professor of Constitutional Law
Temple Law School
Philadelphia


Don't Put 'Partisan Slant' on Diplomat's Speech
I'm sorry to say that your article regarding the recent "Community Conversation" featuring Israel's Ambassador to the United States Daniel Ayalon and organized by Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) did not tell the entire story correctly (People & Politics: "Ayalon Gets a Bird's-Eye View of Montco Congressional Politics," June 8).

The article stated that "the event was not overtly partisan." And yet, the piece attempted to certainly put a partisan slant on the event by saying that "the Republican Jewish Coalition sent out an e-mail encouraging its supporters to attend," as if it was the only organization promoting this event.

Because this event featured a speaker that the Jewish community would be interested in hearing, many organizations - Israel Bonds, synagogues including my own Tiferet Bet Israel and several nonpartisan interested groups - helped promote this event with e-mails to their respective groups.

The article commented that a printout highlighting Gerlach's "pro-Israel votes" was in the event program. Gerlach should be proud of his 100 percent voting record in his three years as a Congressman supporting U.S.-Israel ties.

This demonstrates what a good friend of Israel we have in him, and what a significant ally we have in Israel with Ambassador Ayalon.

You would have served your readers better had you focused more on the intended purpose of the event - acknowledging the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Stuart Drobny
Blue Bell

Piece Strong but Soft on Those Who Favor Abbas
I liked Jonathan Tobin's column about Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's visit to the United States (A Matter of Opinion: "Don't Take Us for Granted!" June 1).

But it was too soft on Jewish American support of Palestinians like Mahmoud Abbas or the Hamas terrorists.

These misguided left-wing Jews will not learn from history. Neither will Olmert.

Nothing will satisfy the Arabs or the leftists but the elimination of Israel. Perhaps not entirely the leftists, though their policies will only lead to Israel's demise.
Morton Zablotsky
Boynton Beach, Fla.

Get Religious Leaders Into the Mideast Picture!
I read Lutheran Bishop Roy Almquist's thoughtful article on his trips to Israel in 2005 and 2006.

The illegal war of 1948 against Israel led to the capture of eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by Jordan and Egypt. All Jews were expelled, as well as 50 percent of the Christians who remained there.

Israel's 1967 defensive war regained the stolen lands, and under international law, Israel was the only claimant.

The first legal entity, the Palestinian Authority, was founded in 1993. From 1967 on, Israel granted the Arabs freedom of religion and education, local elections and infrastructure. It changed to terrorism against Israel by Yasser Arafat and his PLO.

Israel is not an occupier of Arab lands. Only a peace treaty can determine boundaries.

The Muslims have been brainwashed in their schools, media and mosques that only Muslims should occupy the Middle East, and that non- Muslims are infidels, subject to Muslim rule.

Peace is only possible when all of Israel's neighbors sign peace treaties, guaranteed by the Security Council of the United Nations.

Perhaps religious leaders should unite to end wars and the anarchy of terrorism. For politicians have failed.
Henry J. Lotto
Philadelphia

Rabbi Punched in Chest, Not in the Face
Just one small correction regarding the Jewish Telegraphic Agency report "Pope's Poland Visit Bridges Faiths in a Nation With Simmering Tensions" (Nation & World, June 1).

Rabbi Michael Schudrich was not punched in the face as was reported; he was punched in the chest.

I want to make it clear, however, that it does not make the act any less despicable.

As a Pole, I am outraged and deeply embarrassed by the attack, and only hope the perpetrator will be caught and punished most severely.
Jacek Siudowski
Winnipeg, Manitoba

- See more at: http://je.pliner.com/article/3607/Letters/#sthash.PZb9MgG4.dpuf
The 50th-anniversary celebration of the Perelman Jewish Day School was glorious, and especially gratifying to those of us who worked so hard in the early days, when the school was known as the Solomon Schechter Day School (City & Suburb: "50 Years and Counting: Perelman Day School to Celebrate a Milestone," May 25).

I served as president of the school from 1970 to 1973. How mightily supporters of day-school education strove back then to get community support so evident at this recent event.

My joy was enhanced when I spoke to eighth-graders last month on Shavuot.

The topic was, "The Ten Commandments and the First Amendment." The point was to make Jewish children aware that law encompasses both the Torah and the Constitution of the United States - and their duty is to serve both.

I was thrilled by the intelligent responses of the students! It was a demonstration that Jewish day-school education can be an ideal combination of Jewish and secular study, and promotes good citizenship for American democracy.

The Perelman celebration also touched upon support for Israel, and here, we missed among the photos of the children the picture of our daughter Sara, being embraced by Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, upon her visit to Philadelphia. The picture appeared on the front page of the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.

Sara, representing the school, greeted the prime minster in Hebrew, our daughter's first language.

When we asked her what it was like to be hugged by Golda Meir, Sara's response was eternal: "It felt like savta!" - "grandmother."
Burton Caine
Professor of Constitutional Law
Temple Law School
Philadelphia


Don't Put 'Partisan Slant' on Diplomat's Speech
I'm sorry to say that your article regarding the recent "Community Conversation" featuring Israel's Ambassador to the United States Daniel Ayalon and organized by Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) did not tell the entire story correctly (People & Politics: "Ayalon Gets a Bird's-Eye View of Montco Congressional Politics," June 8).

The article stated that "the event was not overtly partisan." And yet, the piece attempted to certainly put a partisan slant on the event by saying that "the Republican Jewish Coalition sent out an e-mail encouraging its supporters to attend," as if it was the only organization promoting this event.

Because this event featured a speaker that the Jewish community would be interested in hearing, many organizations - Israel Bonds, synagogues including my own Tiferet Bet Israel and several nonpartisan interested groups - helped promote this event with e-mails to their respective groups.

The article commented that a printout highlighting Gerlach's "pro-Israel votes" was in the event program. Gerlach should be proud of his 100 percent voting record in his three years as a Congressman supporting U.S.-Israel ties.

This demonstrates what a good friend of Israel we have in him, and what a significant ally we have in Israel with Ambassador Ayalon.

You would have served your readers better had you focused more on the intended purpose of the event - acknowledging the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Stuart Drobny
Blue Bell

Piece Strong but Soft on Those Who Favor Abbas
I liked Jonathan Tobin's column about Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's visit to the United States (A Matter of Opinion: "Don't Take Us for Granted!" June 1).

But it was too soft on Jewish American support of Palestinians like Mahmoud Abbas or the Hamas terrorists.

These misguided left-wing Jews will not learn from history. Neither will Olmert.

Nothing will satisfy the Arabs or the leftists but the elimination of Israel. Perhaps not entirely the leftists, though their policies will only lead to Israel's demise.
Morton Zablotsky
Boynton Beach, Fla.

Get Religious Leaders Into the Mideast Picture!
I read Lutheran Bishop Roy Almquist's thoughtful article on his trips to Israel in 2005 and 2006.

The illegal war of 1948 against Israel led to the capture of eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by Jordan and Egypt. All Jews were expelled, as well as 50 percent of the Christians who remained there.

Israel's 1967 defensive war regained the stolen lands, and under international law, Israel was the only claimant.

The first legal entity, the Palestinian Authority, was founded in 1993. From 1967 on, Israel granted the Arabs freedom of religion and education, local elections and infrastructure. It changed to terrorism against Israel by Yasser Arafat and his PLO.

Israel is not an occupier of Arab lands. Only a peace treaty can determine boundaries.

The Muslims have been brainwashed in their schools, media and mosques that only Muslims should occupy the Middle East, and that non- Muslims are infidels, subject to Muslim rule.

Peace is only possible when all of Israel's neighbors sign peace treaties, guaranteed by the Security Council of the United Nations.

Perhaps religious leaders should unite to end wars and the anarchy of terrorism. For politicians have failed.
Henry J. Lotto
Philadelphia

Rabbi Punched in Chest, Not in the Face
Just one small correction regarding the Jewish Telegraphic Agency report "Pope's Poland Visit Bridges Faiths in a Nation With Simmering Tensions" (Nation & World, June 1).

Rabbi Michael Schudrich was not punched in the face as was reported; he was punched in the chest.

I want to make it clear, however, that it does not make the act any less despicable.

As a Pole, I am outraged and deeply embarrassed by the attack, and only hope the perpetrator will be caught and punished most severely.
Jacek Siudowski
Winnipeg, Manitoba

- See more at: http://je.pliner.com/article/3607/Letters/#sthash.PZb9MgG4.dpuf

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