I have read many offensive editorials in the Jewish Standard over the past 30 years, but “What were they thinking?” (December 19) ranks among the worst.
The board of the Jewish Center made a courageous decision to keep one of Teaneck’s most important Jewish institutions within the Jewish community, despite the fact that there was more money available to them through a sale of that institution to Holy Name Hospital, and you have the unmitigated gall to castigate them for their decision!
What’s worse, you imply that the board acted as it did because of some animus toward the non-Jewish world.
Holy Name Hospital is a fine institution and has gone out of its way to cater to the Jewish community, but in the end it is not a Jewish institution.
There is nothing shameful in maintaining a Jewish institution in Jewish hands.
Indeed, I suspect that the founders of the Jewish Center would be proud of this decision to provide a permanent home for a Jewish school, despite the lucrative offer from the hospital.
For the record, I have no association with the Teaneck Jewish Center in any capacity. But I do have infinite respect for a courageous board of directors. While the Jewish Standard is entitled to its point of view, it is sad that you have taken to task these individuals who merely seek to maintain the infrastructure of the Teaneck Jewish community.