Rhoda, Golda and me
I think Andrew Silow-Carroll’s assertion is correct that Valerie Harper is the answer to whether a non-Jewish person can play a Jewish role (“How Valerie Harper’s Rhoda embodied a very Jewish type,” Sept. 12). But he should have noted that it did not stop with her portrayal of Rhoda. Valerie Harper also played Golda Meir on the stage in “Golda’s Balcony.” Among other places, it played right here at the Warner Theater in 2006.
BARRY D. NUSSBAUM
Let’s see the new GWU Hillel top this
So nice to see a new Hillel building going up at George Washington University (“GWU Hillel begins reconstruction,” Aug. 29), but let’s take a moment to celebrate the now demolished one. I moved to D.C. in 1988 and the Hillel housed the area’s only kosher cafe at the time, open for lunches and just one night a week.
I dated my now-husband there, watched our friends Emily and Mark Friedman have the most beautiful wedding of all time, ate with our friends in the sukkah, heard many wonderful speakers and on one glorious Sunday afternoon 24 years ago, hundreds of our friends and family joined for a festive meal celebrating our son’s brit milah. The building was full of joy, and fun and Jewish engagement. We wish the very same for everyone who enters the new building.