Letters, the Week of Sept. 22, 2016



Reader Welcomes an Issues Focus
I enjoyed reading the Sept. 15 “View from Here” column (“Take Two Pills and Call Me After Election Day”).
I could not agree more regarding the importance of focusing in “the issues.” But what are the issues? Israel, the economy, security, the American infrastructure, education? All of the above? There’s more, to be sure. But I think a good issues topic might be one in which we encourage all Americans, especially American Jews, to take a moment and ask ourselves, what are we here on earth to do; what are our values?
We should ask these questions of ourselves. Then maybe we can begin to participate together in the same movement, the movement toward doing the best we can not just for ourselves, but for each other.
Frank L. Friedman | Delanco, N.J.
Hillel Is the Real Jewish Story at Penn State
I am always happy to read about any Jewish involvement by college students (“Young Couple Mark First Year of Serving Penn State’s Many Jewish Students,” Sept. 8). I am glad there are students who have connected with Chabad. Nonetheless, your article makes it sound like Chabad is the only Jewish game in town. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Penn State Hillel has been “the” Jewish organization on campus for more than 60 years. Until recently it was the only Jewish organization, to the best of my knowledge. As a member of the Hillel choir, I had the privilege of singing for President Dwight Eisenhower and his younger brother, Penn State President Milton Eisenhower, at the dedication of the Eisenhower Chapel in 1955. My Hillel experience helped shape my Jewish involvement to this day.
Congratulations to Chabad for whatever they are doing, but congratulations to Hillel for reaching thousands of students each year.
Stanton Selbst | Class of 1957
Looking for a Wynnefield Resident — Want to Help?
I would like to locate a woman who was a profound influence on my life when I lived on Arlington Street in Wynnefield in the 1940s. Her name then, and perhaps now, was Myrna Rosenberg. She was a few years older than I was, and she read books all the time.
Myrna lived in the 5600 block of Arlington. Her father worked for the Philadelphia Record. She babysat for me and my brother sometimes, but mainly I remember the books she lent me, among them Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, when I was still in the first grade being given Dick and Jane primers.
I think that Myrna went to Temple University a few years before I did, and that she became a librarian. I hope she’s well and living a pleasant life. She’d be about 82.
Carole Stein Appel | Alexandria, Va.


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