April 10, 2008
McCain, Obama, cancer and cows
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Modern medicine truly is a wonder. We can change not only our destinies but that of generations to come.
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Thank you for highlighting Sharsheret as an important and valuable resource for young Jewish women at risk of developing hereditary breast cancer (Jewish Women Change Their Destinies by Testing for Genetic Mutation," March 28).
Sharsheret prides itself on the fundamental values of confidentiality and convenience. Thus, we ask that you print our toll-free number, (866) 474-2774, and our Web site, www.sharsheret.org, so women can easily participate in Sharsheret programs from the privacy of their own homes/offices, speak with a certified genetic counselor and learn more about our Genetics for Life Program.
We are deeply grateful for this wonderful opportunity to reach out to the Jewish women and families in Los Angeles who would benefit most from our national programs and services.
I know a place where a "book-loving soul" can go now -- to the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA).
Tom Teicholz celebrated Dutton Books (now closing) in "Tommywood: Where Is a Book-Loving Soul to Go?" (April 4) He states he will now go to the public library. One good choice!
Other choices are all the Jewish libraries in Los Angeles synagogues and colleges and the JCLLA -- "hidden" within The Jewish Federation Building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Teicholz refers to an extraordinary major gift to the New York Public Library. We need major gifts to JCLLA so it can be bigger and better. Can you imagine JCLLA branch libraries throughout Los Angeles and kiosks in major shopping centers all encouraging Jewish literacy?
Barbara Y. Leff
Purim With the Cows
Kudos to David Sussa for shining a light on a small Jewish congregation "Purim With the Cows" (March 28). I'm always on the alert for mention of this issue. I grew up in such a congregation myself in Bakersfield.
Temple Beth-El was the reform congregation. My family and myself were very active for 13 years. By the way, they put on the best 40th and also 50th reunion weekends that a temple can have.
My second involvement in a small congregation was also a Temple Beth El in Eureka, Calif. One thing that is amazing about this synagogue is that they tear down the walls with their "roo-ah" (spirit). Many a temple I feel could benefit from their amazing collective voices. Much singing at that temple.
So again, thank you, David. Numbers of people is not always the issue. If solidarity is strong. you have it all.
In the April 4 article, "Knesset Contingent Gives a Crash Course in Israel," The Journal incorrectly spelled Ophir Pines-Paz's name. We apologize for the error.
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