Monday, December 17, 2018

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There Is More to Be Done Regarding Rutgers

I was happy to see that in last week’s edition of The Jewish Link (“Rutgers President Cites ‘Academic Freedom’ in Defense of Anti-Semitic Remarks,” December 7, 2017) you started to address the outrageous situation at Rutgers, and that you will be doing further reporting on it. As you probably know president Barchi released a

Please Consider Donating a Kidney to Help Save My Daughter’s Life

My daughter Amanda is currently suffering from end-stage chronic kidney failure and is in need of a kidney transplant. It has been proven that patients do better with a kidney transplant than staying on dialysis. A transplant is the only long-term solution to keep my daughter alive, preferably from a living donor. We are looking for a

A Project Ezrah Beneficiary Reminds All of Annual Dinner

I’m sure many of your readers have heard about the upcoming Project Ezrah dinner on December 9, and I felt a letter to The Jewish Link would be an excellent way to share my personal experience with this wonderful organization. While Project Ezrah is well known for providing financial assistance to those in need, my own experience has been with its

Please Address Anti-Semitic Speech at Rutgers

I profess to being shocked and extremely disappointed in not finding a single mention in your newspaper about the outrageous events happening lately on the Rutgers campus.

Rutgers faculty members are spewing vicious hatred against Jews and Israel, and its president, Robert Barchi, is defending them in

How We Chose MTA

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from a speech given by a parent at this year’s MTA open house.

Exactly 10 years ago today, my husband and I were running from open house to open house, listening to rebbeim, heads of schools and students preach the praises of each of their high

Europe’s Jews May Need America Again

I am a New Jersey-based journalist originally from the Soviet Ukraine. I’ve written on the far-right in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forward, Politico, etc. I was glad to see your editorial regarding the need to pay attention to what’s going on in Poland (“From a Polish Rally, the All Too Familiar,” November 16, 2017).

Let’s Examine the Marriage Crisis

In your November 9 issue, there was a letter to the editor by a single woman who begged the community—every person, not just rabbis and shadchanim—to help single people meet their bashert, to help them get married (“On Parshat Chayei Sarah, Think of Shidduchim”).

The tragedy of lonely, single

The Renewal Shabbaton Was Powerful for All

I was absolutely blown away by the impact Renewal had on our community at its shabbaton. This was not merely based on the attendance at the melave malka, but what was more astounding was the response they got, both financially and in terms of cheek swab kits, the supply of which, I was told, was exhausted by the end of the

Respect Others and Watch Your Midot at Lazy Bean

Lazy Bean has become a “home” to many of us and we all enjoy it as a place to meet friends and bring our families. However, oftentimes diners leave their tables, chairs and the surrounding floor covered with food, syrup and crumbs with no care or regard to the next guest who will occupy that table. This shows a lack of

The Question Should Be ‘Why Did You Not Show Up?’

To the JLNJ staff who, unfortunately, took the easy path of criticizing fellow Jews in the community for, in your words, not bothering to “show up” to this one particular talk on the tuition crisis: Shame on you for slandering good people by imputing characteristics of apathy and/or laziness to our community and, by so doing, possibly impeding

Rabbi Moshe Schochet Is Now Head of School at Boca Raton’s Hadar HS for Girls

Rabbi Greene wrote a beautiful article in his chinuch column (“What Is the Role of the Jewish Educator Outside the Classroom?,” November 2, 2017) about “teachers being teachers outside the classroom.” He quoted and highlighted Rabbi Moshe Schochet. This is a person near and dear to my heart as he is my son. I spoke

Military Deserter Should Have Been More Severely Punished

The news flash that came over the radio today regarding the deserter Bowe Bergdahl was most disheartening to say the least. That a military tribunal determined that he would serve no prison term sends absolutely the wrong message to the men and women of our military.

Bergdahl deserted his post in a