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Don’t hurt a proud father and uncle! For shame!

I am a long-time reader; I receive my paper in California a few weeks after it is published, thus the delayed response to the reporting of Governor Chris Christie’s nephew’s bar mitzvah and covid outbreak (“Chris Christie’s nephew’s bar mitzvah sparks covid outbreak in Mendham Township,”  10/1). Who made the decision to report this article and include a picture of Governor Chris Christie from years ago on the beach and make other comments about his past? I saw no other reporting of Ron Kampeas’s story with this picture or reference. How does a Jewish publication choose to humiliate a family celebrating a religious ritual and family celebration? One that was maybe delayed because of covid and now this important day finally comes for this young man and after the family must see this story in their local Jewish paper. This does not fit with my Jewish values and should not with yours. You hurt a Jewish mother, proud father and uncle and their families by reporting this “story” the way you did.

Meryl Goldberg
Encinitas, CA

More about Newark’s cemeteries

Jeremy Hirsh (“Chayei Sarah — on the importance of cemeteries,” 10/29) correctly highlights the value the Jewish community places on maintaining and protecting our cemeteries. However, one historical correction is needed. From 1980-1986, I had the honor of serving as the assistant director of the MetroWest Federation’s Community Relations Committee (CRC). Under the lay leadership of Jacqueline Levine and Rabbi Norman Patz and the professional leadership of CRC director Meyer Fine and MetroWest assistant director Saul Schwarz, the CRC prioritized Newark’s Jewish cemeteries well before 1989. It is wonderful to see how these early efforts have been funded and expanded.

Peter Herbst
Montclair

Kudos to Rabbi Engelmayer

You have many fine, even great writers. Rabbi Engelmayer stands out as one of your most outstanding. “The enduring tragedy of Rabin’s murder” (10/29) holds up a mirror to our community and asks us to be faithful to the best of our traditions. It is a message that echoes with the centuries — we are stronger as a community when we do so. And weaker when we leave those values to engage in personal attacks. A reminder for all who know our history.

Allan Grafman
White Plains

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