August 23, 2001
I mourn with Alan and Shifra Hayman on the untimely loss of their beloved daughter, Shoshana, a sweet person with whom I have had the pleasure of being friends with since I was a little boy growing up in the San Fernando Valley.
While many of us in the frum community are outraged by another loss of life by our so-called Arab bretheren, we must realize that nothing has changed. If the Jew does not understand the real cause of the Arab-Jewish conflict, he will indeed, G-d forbid, give them the opportunity for which they so long -- to liquidate the Jewish State.
Brian Goldenfeld, Woodland Hills
Kudos for Hertzberg
The article which outlined the $10 million that the state approved for Jewish organizations omitted one big reason for this success -- Speaker Bob Hertzberg ("We're in the Money," Aug. 17). During his nearly 17 months as speaker, Hertzberg has kept his eye on the policy ball.
Without his help, the Jewish organizations would not be nearly as successful during the last two budget cycles. The Jewish community owes Bob Hertzberg a great deal of thanks.
Howard Welinsky, Board Member JPAC
Thank you for running your informative and insightful piece on Alzheimer's ("The Search for an Alzheimer's Cure," Aug. 3).
We would like your readers to be aware of the variety of services the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles provides. They include a helpline for information and referral; caregiver education; enrollment of people in Safe-Return, a wanderer's I.D. program which assists in the timely return of individuals with Alzheimer's disease; support groups throughout the L.A. area; family consultants; and advocacy on behalf of these individuals and their family members at the city, county, state, and federal levels.
People interested in learning more about or becoming involved with the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles are encouraged to call our office at (800) 663-1967, or contact us through our Web site at www.alz.org.
We look forward to a world without Alzheimer's disease, and until then, the best quality of life for people and their families.
Peter Braun, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles
Once again J.D. Smith inflicts on us his self-obsessed maunderings about romance ("SJM Seeks Perfect Woman," Aug. 17). One could, if one were charitable, think of them as ironical musings on the problems of finding a mate in Los Angeles. Leaving aside that issue, I thought, as I almost always do when I read Smith's column, that this appears in a newspaper supposedly devoted to the Jewish community. Given that premise, what, if anything, does Smith's column have to do with the Jews?
Chaim Sisman, Los Angeles
In a letter last week, Peace Now and several other left-wing organizations condemned The Jewish Federation's Israel Solidarity Rally ("Letters," Aug. 10).
For shame. Instead of condemning The Jewish Federation, Peace Now should be apologizing for the incredible danger they have exposed Israel to.
Nathan D. Wirtschafter, Valley Village
Thank you for printing David Myers' explanation of his hesitation to support the solidarity rally for Israel ("Rally Later," July 27).
His piece succinctly articulated his reservations. Reading his opinion crystallized my own thinking.
David E. S. Stein, Redondo Beach
In the Aug. 10 Solange Says, Jewish Family Service of Santa Monica was reported to be run by Vista Del Mar and Family Services. Jewish Family Service of Santa Monica is part of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.