Was Livingston Manor Jewish?

Compared to Roseanne Skopp, I am a newcomer to the Catskills, having discovered its special charms only recently, in 1959, when my folks rented a small bungalow there, in Livingston Manor.

I was 4 years old then, and ever since, the area, in particular “the Manor,” has been my second home. However, Ms. Skopp is mistaken in her staunch assertion that “Livingston Manor was not part of the Jewish Catskills” (“Back to the Catskills,” January 28). During our early summers there, the shopkeepers in town included Schwartz, Adler, Siegel and Sorkin. Congregation Agudas Achim was an Orthodox shul. The Foster family was heavily involved in that shul, and remains in the area after five generations, owning five hotels.

When we first found the Manor, Jewish religious camps such as Kol Rina and others were in their heyday. And there were Jewish bungalow colonies, including ours, a small, modern Orthodox place; it was right across from the Wilowemoc Creek and it bordered on a Satmar bungalow colony.

The Satmar kids would taunt us, telling us that we were goyim. When my 3-year-old brother insisted that no, we indeed were Jewish, the Satmar kids countered by asking “Well then, where are your payos?” To which my not-to-be-defeated little brother retorted, “I left them on my dresser!”

Yes, Livingston Manor was very much a part of the Jewish Catskills.

After several false starts, Livingston Manor is now thriving again. I expect that before very long, Parksville, its neighbor just to the southeast, will enjoy a similar revival.

Michael K. Eidman

Why not condemn antisemitism from Republicans too?

Max Kleinman is of course right that antisemitism is to be condemned, “with no exceptions” (“Condemning antisemitism, with no exceptions,” January 28.) Yet reading his piece, it seems that exceptions have been made. He condemns Democratic members of the “Squad” for not supporting Iron Dome funding in the House of Representatives, but fails to note that the Democratic House did approve funding; now it is being held up by Republican Senator Rand Paul. Why not name and shame him?

Similarly, the Senate has yet to confirm the nomination of renowned scholar of antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt, reportedly because of the objections of Republican Senator Ron Johnson, whose racist defense of the January 6 insurrectionists she rightly condemned. Why not name and shame him?

And on Thursday night — no doubt the Jewish Standard had gone to press, but it was advertised in advance — Fox News host Tucker Carlson marked January 27 — International Holocaust Commemoration Day — with a special devoted to demonizing Holocaust survivor George Soros as a global threat to civilization. The ADL has repeatedly called out Tucker Carlson for his antisemitism. As the ADL’s Jonathan Greenblat put it on Twitter, “On the eve of #HolocaustRemembranceDay, it’s appalling to see Tucker Carlson & FOX invoke the kind of antisemitic tropes typically found in white supremacist media. There’s no excuse for this kind of fear mongering, especially in light of intensifying #antisemitism.”

But Mr. Kleinman seems to have again made an exception to “condemning antisemitism, with no exceptions,” when it comes to Fox too.

That Mr. Kleinman is unaware of his own inconsistency is sad, but only human. Here’s hoping he’ll try harder to condemn antisemitism, with no exceptions, not even for Republicans, going forward.

Jack Katz

Really, Rabbi Boteach?

In what otherwise must have been a lovely evening at Carnegie Hall honoring many great people, how do you have the nerve to call Dr. Oz America’s most famous physician, Rabbi Boteach? (“The day Carnegie Hall championed the Holocaust,” January 28.) We have seen him dismissing the covid vaccine and offering placebos in its place.

Just because he has told you he has unparalleled friendship to Israel, I wouldn’t trust him with anything. Now he is running for Senator in Pennsylvania when he lives in New Jersey?

Give me a break!

Marcia Chapman

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