Fresh perspective on grants for synagogue security welcome
I want to commend you on your story on the Union for Reform Judaism’s perspective on Homeland Security funding for synagogue security (“Some synagogues don’t want free federal money,” WJW, Jan. 21).
I helped my temple apply for one of those grants and found it interesting to read about a quite different take on the funding, and one I suspect most people are unaware of. It was refreshing to see your publication provide information that is not just a rehash of the web, versus stories such as this that might be harder to produce but can give people a good reason to read.
Klein’s opposition to Syrian refugees a reflection on himself
Himself a displaced person who has exploited what America has to offer for his own selfish ends, German-born Mort Klein (Zionist Organization of America national president) has some nerve opposing the admittance of Syrian refugees (“Jewish ethics guide Marylanders seeking refugee resettlement,” WJW, Jan. 28).
As the saying goes, “We see things not as they are, but as we are.” Klein’s image of wayward and conniving immigrants is a projection of himself.
Cherry Hill, N.J.
Activist honored by Yad Vashem
Your article on refugees (“Jewish ethics guide Marylanders seeking refugee resettlement,” WJW, Jan. 28) refers to Varian Fry as a “Jewish journalist.” In fact, Fry was a Protestant who, in 1994, was posthumously honored by Yad Vashem as a “Righteous Among the Nations,” an honorific used to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews.
Play review too critical
The review of The Sisters Rosensweig (“’Sisters’ at Theater J: A generation’s voice revived,” WJW, Jan. 28) is far too critical.
I thoroughly enjoyed the play (after the slump of the first 15 minutes). I thought it was witty.
It moved quickly and the acting was convincing. The passage of time has not made a dent in the story’s relevance. There was so much of value in the dialogue that I plan to return and see the play one more time.