Tuesday, October 19th 2021   |

Letters to the Editor

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...

The Sterns and Metairie Park Country Day School

Dear Editor:

I enjoyed the article on Jewish philanthropy (The Best of the Crescent City Jewish News SOURCE 2018-19/5779).  I would like to add that, in addition to all their other incredible donations, Edith and Edgar Stern founded Metairie Park Country Day School in 1929.  Many important New Orleans area Jews studied at this Old Metairie institution. 


Edward Halpern

MPCDS Class of 1982

(Editor’s note:...

Make JCCs great again

Dear Editor:

In early 1954, my father was unemployed and in debt, with a toddler (my brother Alan) and a pregnant wife who was weeks away from giving birth (to me!). My dad, a social worker, then applied for and was hired to work with children and teens at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center. I was always told that had he not gotten that job, they would not...

Federation clarifies its position on ‘Fete’

Dear Editor:

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is pleased to announce that it’s new gala event “Fete de Federation” to be held this Thursday September 22 is sold out.

This gala event is new to the Jewish calendar and combines two historically held separate events, namely Campaign Celebration and the Annual Meeting.

The event takes place in accordance with our Bylaws and the Board of...