August 10, 2000
Letters to the Editor
Joe Lieberman is an outstanding senator and will make an outstanding vice president.He is a man of integrity and strong family values. He has shown his ability to stand with working families across our great nation on the issues that they care about. Al Gore and Joe Lieberman area a great team who will lead America to even greater prosperity.
Rep. David E. Bonior (D-Mich.)
This is an historic time in America. The anticipated announcement that Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman - a Jewish American - will be the vice presidential nominee on the Democratic ticket clearly shows that in America all people have an opportunity to succeed regardless of their background or beliefs.The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles supports the participation of all Americans in the political process and is extremely pleased that Lieberman will be acknowledged for his many years of outstanding public service and leadership with the Democratic nomination for our country's second highest office.
John R. Fishel, President
Senator Joseph Lieberman's selection as the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate is a proud moment for the American Jewish people and the United States in general.
B'nai B'rith is a nonpartisan organization, and as such does not endorse political candidates or parties. However, we praise Vice President Al Gore for selecting Lieberman to be his running mate.As the first Jewish American to run on a national ticket of a major political party in the general election, the selection of Lieberman shows that religion will not be a barrier to the highest offices in the land. This is one more confirmation of America's promise that we are the land of opportunity for all its citizens.
Scott Svonkin, Southern California ChairB'nai B'rith Center for Public Policy
Lieberman is the kind of centrist, thoughtful, pro-school voucher, pro-defense, mainstream American that leftist hacks like Rep. Richard Gephardt are not.
Our political world has seen a revolution, not just because Lieberman is a sincere Orthodox Jew, but also because Al Gore is clearly distancing his ticket from the impeached President Bill Clinton.Honesty, integrity, class and conscience - he reminds me of my grandfather, a man whose last name was also Lieberman.
Larry Greenfield, Los Angeles
It's amazing. An Orthodox Jew, not an assimilated secular Jew, chosen to be the running mate for the second most powerful position in the world.
Like Joseph, his namesake, Lieberman is articulate and practiced in the ideals and values of his forefathers.He has won the trust and respect of influential people. If elected, may the Almighty guide him to do good for the Jewish people, America and the world.
Brian Tanenbaum, Beverly Hills
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) should have been included in your guide to Jewish downtown ("A Delegate's Guide to Jewish Downtown," Aug. 4).HUC-JIR is the nation's oldest institute of higher Jewish education, and the academic, spiritual and professional development center of Reform Judaism. Located on Hoover and 32nd streets, we have been the most important Jewish institution in downtown since 1970 - and have had a significant presence in the Los Angeles community since 1950.
Our outstanding academic programs include the School of Rabbinical Studies; the Rhea Hirsch School of Education; the Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service and the Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies. Additionally, the HUC-JIR Jerome H. Louchheim School of Judaic Studies offers undergraduate courses in Jewish studies for more than 600 USC students each year.
The Frances Henry Library of the Los Angeles School contains approximately 100,000 volumes, as well as periodicals, microfilms, records, tapes and CDs covering every aspect of Jewish intellectual endeavor. Via computer network, we are connected to our libraries in Cincinnati, Jerusalem and New York. Our library system is ranked among the world's largest repositories of Hebraica and Judaica, and the printed Judaica collection is the second largest in the world.
HUC-JIR is the most important Jewish institution in downtown Los Angeles, and we are proud to be the Jewish institution anchoring the Figueroa Corridor.
Dr. Lewis M. Barth
You somehow missed the Orthodox Beth Jacob congregation, formerly in the Crenshaw-West Adams area.
Sam Bluefarb, Diamond Bar
I really enjoyed your guide to Jewish downtown aimed at delegates to the Democratic Convention. However, I believe that our synagogue in Highland Park should get the crown as the Conservative congregation closest to Staples Center.
Your readers are welcome every Saturday at 10 a.m. at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, 5711 Monte Vista St., Los Angeles. For information, call (323) 255-5416.
Your coverage of the reaction to the convictions of the Iranian Jewish political prisoners "Expressing Outrage" (July 7) omitted one important point: On June 16, the California Legislature passed Assembly Joint Resolution 64, which condemned the Iranian show trials and urged the United States government to take all possible diplomatic, political and economic measures to protest the trials.
Since the verdicts were political rather than judicial decisions, AJR 64 helped build the international outcry that saved the lives of the defendants.
Assemblymembers Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) introduced the bill in the Assembly, while State Senator Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena) carried the bill in the Senate. The resolution enjoyed overwhelming and bipartisan support, passing 74-0 in the Assembly and 40-0 in the State Senate.
AJR 64 was written by and introduced at the request of Democrats for Israel, Los Angeles (DFI-LA). DFI-LA is a Democratic Party organization that supports the State of Israel in its quest for peace and security, as well as other ideals of the Democratic Party and issues of concern to the Jewish community. For further information, please call (310) 285-8542, or visit www.dfi.homepage.com.
Eddie Tabash, President
In Gene Lichtenstein's Aug. 4 editorial on the Israeli political system ("Political Realities"), he stated that the 1993 changes in the election rules "were designed to make the head of state directly responsible to the people."
The prime minister of Israel is not the head of state; he is the head of government. The Israeli head of state is the president, now Moshe Katsav.
In parliamentary systems, the prime minister is only the head of government and the leader of his party.
Chaim Sisman, Los Angeles
In the Aug. 4 Obituaries, we deeply regret that the listing for Dorothy Corwin contained inaccurate information. A corrected version can be found in this issue on page 50.
In "Renewed Hope," (July 21) we mistakenly reported that Hadassah has a national membership of 3,000 people. The organization has some 300,000 members nationally, and Hadassah Southern California has nearly 25,000 members.