January 25, 2007
Abusive clergy; Bibi is a realist, not a racist; The ‘un-Jewish Journal’
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Strategic alliances such as those being built between MPAC and PJA will help us ensure continued legal protection for rituals like brit milah (male circumcision) and shechita (kosher slaughter), both of which have come under attack in other democratic countries with Christian and secular majorities.
Shawn Landres Los Angeles
Livin' in the Hood
I would like to enlighten the woman who objected to Pico-Robertson as being referred to as "the hood," because she associates that term with gangsters (Letters, Jan. 5).
In my reading of David Suissa's many articles, I do not see him referring to his "hood" as a place of gangsters.
I myself have used the term "hood" for places of which I am very fond. I have taught for many years in an area that, despite possibly fitting this woman's definition, has been for me a place of great love, warmth and nurturing - the same thing that the shtetl has been for so many of our people.
Regarding the letter written by Bracha Malkin referring to David Suissa's article calling Pico-Robertson, "The Hood" -- get a life Bracha.
I've lived in the Beverlywood area for 40 years. I've been calling it "The Hood" for the last 20 years.
It's been a term of affection for a united group of people. We are the "mob" -- the good guys.
Sharon Estroff's suggestion that families donate to the Jewish Family Service/SOVA food pantries to make a child's themed bar/bat mitzvah celebration more meaningful is a sweet idea. ("At Party Time: Candy is Dandy, Charity Is Sweeter," Jan. 12).
Might I suggest some other ways families can help JFS/SOVA respond to the growing hunger crisis in our community?
Throughout the year, hundreds of families teach tzedakah by including JFS/SOVA in their various life-cycle events. They host food drives, sponsor book collections for our kid's corners, use our Baskets of Hope centerpieces for their party tables, schedule Sunday food sorting events at our warehouse and ask that guests make donations to JFS/SOVA in lieu of buying gifts.
We invite the community to experience the satisfaction of providing nourishment and support for those in need through sharing tzedakah with SOVA, a Jewish Family Service program (www.jfsla.org).
JFS/SOVA Community Food and Resource Program
The Rev. King's Speech
My wife and I were present when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Hollywood's Temple Israel on Feb. 26, 1965 ("Dr. King in Hollywood," Jan. 12).
We were only 20 years old at the time. We were inspired by Dr. King's message and were enthralled by his homiletic genius.
Rabbi Max Nussbaum, senior rabbi at Temple Israel, escaped from Nazi Germany on July 31, l940. He knew in a very personal way the consequences of not confronting a murderous dictator.
Rabbi Louis J. Feldman
Truth About Anti-Semitism
Regarding Sacramento PBS Station KVIE's refusal to air our documentary "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century" based on their opinion of the film, you state that 18 of the top 50 PBS markets didn't air it at its scheduled time, if at all ("Sacramento's PBS Head Nixes Anti Semitism Film," Jan. 19).
In fact, the film aired in 99 of the top 100 PBS markets, the sole exception being KVIE. And while some stations did change the date or time of broadcast, you didn't clarify it is entirely routine for stations to shift schedules for local needs.
More importantly, your paper's review acknowledged our film as a "telling analysis of the corrupting effect of anti-Semitism on the Arab masses." It has also been praised by the American Jewish Committee, and is licensed to broadcast in numerous foreign countries including Australia and Sweden.
It's an important piece of journalism on an important topic. And we stand behind it.
Two Cats Productions
Oregon Public Broadcasting
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