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Vaccination effort supported by Federation and JHF
Thanks for your article on the community partnerships for vaccinations (“Local partnerships facilitate vaccination,” April 11). We are so proud of the leadership exhibited by the Squirrel Hill Health Center and the Jewish Community Center at this critical moment for our community. We are honored to have contributed to the previously unfunded aspects of this effort. In partnership with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, which provided $2.5 million of the over $8.2 million that the Jewish Federation secured for COVID relief, we will continue to focus on helping vulnerable populations, seniors and children and their families to recover from the worst health crisis of our lifetime.

Jeffrey Finkelstein
President and CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

BDS is anti-Semitic
Dr. Eric R. Mandel is correct when he writes that BDS and double standards for Israel are anti-Semitic. (“Sorry professors, but BDS and double standards for Israel are anti-Semitism,” April 9).

Natan Sharansky, who knows more about the reality of anti-Semitism than all 200 university professors responsible for the JDA combined — having been imprisoned for fighting for Soviet Jewry for eight years and undergoing solitary confinement and forced feeding at Moscow’s Lefortovo, Vladimir, Chistopol and Perm35 prisons — has established the 3Ds when defining anti-Semitism and Israel: demonization, delegitimization and applying double standards to Israel.

Omar Barghouti, the founder of BDS, has said he supports the “euthanasia” of Israel. A student of history, Barghouti knows full well that the Nazi T4 Euthanasia Program was the foundation of the Final Solution as enacted in the Wannsee Protocols in January 1942. His use of the word “euthanasia” leaves no doubt he founded BDS to continue the anti-Semitic eliminationist mission formalized by Reinhard Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann at the Wannsee Conference.

Richard Sherman
Margate, Florida

Criticism of ‘Shiva Baby’
I just saw the disgraceful movie “Shiva Baby” in Florida. How The Times of Israel could give it a glowing review is beyond me (April 9).

There is nothing redeeming about this movie. The characterizations are over the top, the writer/director needs to find another line of work. An embarrassment!

Ellie Bahm
Boca Raton, Florida

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