Letters the Week of Nov. 6, 2014

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Readers share their thoughts on the baby boomer generation, female leaders and INSIDE Magazine.

Boomers Menu for Sandwich Generation Issues
Thank you for helping to get the word out about the kickoff of our discussion series, “Old Answers to New Questions for Today’s Sandwich Generation.” (Opinion, “Getting to the Next Frontier for Baby Boomer Generation,” Oct. 16) Rabbi Richard Address did an extraordinary job explaining how Jewish tradition can guide us through contemporary Sandwich Generation issues. 
 
We are indeed living longer; baby boomers are redefining retirement, and there are enormous challenges to face and choices to make. We’re assuming many new roles, juggling the joys of grandparenting with the demands of becoming caregivers to our parents.
 
We hope that participants in the Sandwich Generation series will experience the strength and relief that comes from open communication and planning, and the comfort from knowing that we have thousands of years of wisdom available to support us. 
 
Jewish Exponent readers who missed the opening program at Congregation Beth Or may still participate in the series, which continues through mid-December. Details can be found at: jewishphilly.com/sandwich along with a link to Rabbi Address’s keynote presentation.
Jan Zacharjasz | Chair, Bux-Mont Neighborhood Kehillah, Lafayette Hill
 
Homage to Women Continues
Lisa Hostein’s article “We’ve Come a Long Way Baby, But Not Far Enough” (Opinion, Oct. 9) paid homage to several female community professionals but neglected to state that the director of American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for nearly 29 years is a female who has served in this capacity for an extraordinary period of time.
 
Since the 1980s, I have helped to build a strong and vibrant lay leadership community in Philadelphia dedicated to strengthening Ben-Gurion University, Israel’s youngest and fastest growing university, and to Negev development, all the while raising millions of dollars to support BGU.
 
Of note is the fact that BGU’s president, Rivka Carmi, M.D., was the first female to serve as president of an Israeli university and was also the first woman elected dean of an Israeli medical school.
 
And, in a world where following in your father’s footsteps is the norm, my daughter, Eden Aaronson, and I have broken that mold. She has recently been named Philadelphia coordinator for American Friends of Tel Aviv University.
Claire Winick | Jenkintown
 
‘The Guide’ Offers Great Insight
I recently received the new copy of INSIDE Magazine — The Guide to Jewish Greater Philadelphia. I must say this issue is absolutely marvelous. The presentation of the information is so well-illustrated that anyone who reads it will find and understand the topics.
 
I would like to congratulate the personnel who worked so hard to put the magazine together. Your supporters, donors, advertisers, etc., should be proud of this current issue, as well as INSIDE’s quarterly issues before it.
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Jewish Exponent staff should be proud of the people who are part of it.
William Schlessinger | Philadelphia
 

 

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