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Letters to the Editor

ADL and Federation: Response to Jewish Voice for Peace letter

The following statement was crafted and issued jointly by the South Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans on Friday, May 10:

We support free speech, but stand firmly against speech that stokes hatred and threatens the physical and psychological wellbeing of community members. At a time when antisemitism is surging across the country, Jewish college students are facing an increasingly hostile environment. And...

Reader objects to JTA reference of ‘terrorist’ as ‘gunman’

Dear Editor:   A Feb. 28 Jewish Telegraphic Agency news item in the Crescent City Jewish News  reported that “a gunman” murdered Elan Ganeles, a young man from Connecticut, on a road near Jericho. From that description, one could be misled into thinking that Elan was killed in a robbery or perhaps a road rage incident, not in an ideologically driven hate crime.   The Israeli and American governments, and...

Reader believes CAIR denies Israel’s right to exist

Dear Editor:

One aspect of David M. Litman’s  op-ed (“Troubling Social.Change: NYU, CAIR and excluding mainstream Jewish society“) has been clarified: CAIR, notwithstanding its “civil rights organization” flimsy trappings, has disclosed its antisemitic terroristic foundation.

Earlier this month Zahra Billoo’s boss, Nihad Awad , CAIR’s  co-founder and executive director, called Tel Aviv “occupied,” which means CAIR does not accept Israel’s right to exist. 


Reader bemoans passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Dear Editor:

Like most people, I was saddened to read the article in the Crescent City Jewish News: “Prince Philip, who opposed Nazis and was the first British royal to visit Israel, dies at 99.”

There is an outpouring of support and condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral was Saturday, April 17.

He was a...

Reader adds to recent OP-ED by Dan Diker

Dear Editor:

Dan Diker’s OP-ED: The BDS-BLM alignment: Implications for Israel and Diaspora Jewry does a very good job of explaining the challenges presented to Jews and Zionists by proponents of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement as well as by some proponents of the Black Lives Matter movement.

However, it did little to educate your readers about finding the information needed to refute anti-Semitic and...

Reader pushes back against BLM platform

Dear Editor:

For a Jew to stand for civil rights and against racism is always  admirable. However for a Jew to support Black Lives Matter (BLM) is myopic.  By supporting  Black Lives Matter,  a Jew is embracing BLM’s virulent anti-Semitism.

Just read the Platform of BLM which was promulgated in  2016 (see Tablet Magazine).  It could have been written by Hamas, whose Charter in Article...

N.J. reader contemplates rabbinic teachings during pandemic

Dear Editor:

After witnessing the second plane hit the second Twin Tower on 9/11, I flew to Bnei-Brak to seek the counsel of my late relative Rav Avrohom Genechovski zt”l.

During my stay, he quoted a verse from Tanach that says buildings are not permanent structures – though I don’t remember the exact verse. I can’t seek his advice anymore to frame (the) corona(virus pandemic), so I am...

Reader needs more on Taylor Swift story

Dear Editor:

I do not see any issue in what you attributed to Taylor Swift.  It needs more explanation.

Sheryl Mexic

Limmudfest 2020 canceled over coronavirus concerns

The board of LimmudFest New Orleans has reluctantly canceled their event  for 2020 out of concerns that a large gathering might contribute to the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) worldwide pandemic. 

Meeting on Sunday night, March 8, the board decided to postpone the weekend of Jewish learning that had been scheduled to take place in Metairie at Congregation Gates of Prayer and at the Uptown JCC from March...

In memoriam: Sole survivor from family in Shoah expires at 90


The two phrases that best characterize the essence of my mother’s neshama are Aiyshet Chayil and Tzadeykess. She was born in Kuzmino, Czechoslovakia, ninety years ago. She was the sole survivor of her family who were all transported to and cremated at Auschwitz in 1944.

My mother informed me that one week prior to her family being rounded up and transported to the Munkács Ghetto, her...