March 8, 2007
In which our loyal readers take us to task for various and sundry
As the former creative director for Primedia for nearly 10 years and the publisher of Blvd Magazine, I was responsible for dozens of magazines, their content and their covers. In my weekly staff meetings, I never would have turned to any of you losers for cover ideas if the Purim spoof covers was your claim-to-fame (Cover, March 2). I wouldn't have hired any of you.
Take a minute the next time your "'creatives' who make it all possible" come-up with another great idea. Go to the waiting room of one of the Jewish cemeteries or a market outside of Beverly Hills, like Chino Hills where I live, and look to see how your "genius" covers look to the real world. I cringe!
Truth About Peace Now
In his letter, Nathan Wirtschafter is misleading the readers by claiming as fact something that is patently false (Letters, Feb. 23). Readers may be unaware that Peace Now was established by 348 Israel Defense Forces officers and reservists in 1978. They were not pacifists and neither is the movement, which soon grew into the largest grass-roots movement in Israeli history. Peace Now believes strongly in Israel's military deterrent and use of force, when necessary.
Peace Now's goal is to help Israel establish permanent, defensible borders with her neighbors and ultimately negotiated peace agreements that solidify Israel's security and its Jewish and democratic character.
West Coast Regional Director
Americans for Peace Now
Support Our Jewish Troops
Thank you for publishing Jane Ulman's article about Jewish soldiers in World War II who celebrated Purim with a liberated Jewish family in Belgium ("When a Holiday Turned the World Right Side Up," March 2). Demographics notwithstanding, there are Jews who serve on active duty in the United States today. Whatever your politics, it is nice to show them some support.
Last year, generous minyan regulars from Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, including Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater and Rabbi Emeritus Gilbert Kollin, shipped greeting cards, kosher salami and tefillin to our appreciative Jewish troops. If your readers would like to provide our Jewish soldiers, sailors and Marines with kosher food this Passover, please consider a donation to the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council 520 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 (www.jcca.org/jwb).
Anita Susan Brenner
Sorry, I Don't See Any Eggshells
I am writing to respond to the closing quote in Tom Tugend's article on the firing of Craig Prizant ("Federation Might Face Suit Over Fundraiser's Firing," March 2). I'm responding because this quote refers to me, as I am a 12-year member of the campaign staff at The Jewish Federation. In my view, the quote makes very incorrect assumptions about the mood in our department.
At this time, I find an incredible "esprit de corps" and lots of hard work happening on the campaign floors. Contrary to the anonymous board member who was quoted in the article, I have not heard anyone speak of fear of losing their job. It seems to me that staff has been invited to speak out and share their opinions more than ever before. It seems to me that morale is high during this busy time of year for us.
Our mission of tikkun olam continues moving forward with a group of amazing, passionate fundraisers and our entire staff doing an incredible job. There are great things happening here at The Jewish Federation.
With all apologizes to the anonymous board member you quote, I haven't seen any eggshells scattered around anywhere.
I am a Jewish Persian woman who has lived in Los Angeles for the past 30 years ("A Guide to Jewish Tehrangeles," Feb. 23). I was glad to see you reporting on Persian Jewish Communities in Los Angeles and showing all people we are educated people who contribute and enjoy living in the United States.
I just had issues with your article written by Sara Bakhshian, under the heading "Handy Guide to Jewish Tehrangeles," because I thought it was extremely misleading and wrong.
If this is a Jewish Journal, it should not have included nonkosher restaurants and bakeries and represented them in your magazine. It can be misleading for a lot of other Jewish readers that read your magazine and think if it is listed under this heading they must be kosher. Darya is a nonkosher restaurant, for example.
I have nothing against a nonkosher establishment. I just though it was wrong to put any food or eatery that does not observe Jewish laws in your list.
Dear Mr. Suissa
I have heard eulogies by clergy who did not know the deceased, or barely knew the deceased as a congregant, and here David Suissa, a person who did not know Laura, and was not required to eulogize her, wrote a most moving eulogy ("Death in the Hood," Feb. 23).
I am Laura's father. Laura's mother and I thank you for a most moving tribute, which we, Laura's extended family and her friends, will treasure.
Yours was a tribute not only to the person, but also to the religious, ethical and moral values by which she and her husband Steve attempted to conduct their lives.
Laura and her brother, Gunnar, followed my trade and became divorce lawyers. Of course, my pride is not only in their professional accomplishments, but also in the ethical values they brought to their practices.
To the Aish community, Laura is being remembered, as is appropriate, by her contributions to that community. What helps us in the healing process is that we have no regrets about anything Laura did. We have only pride for her contributions to her family, her community and her profession.
I will be looking for other writings by you on-line. You write exceedingly well.