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Jett’s letter has nothing to do with democracy
Race is important to Ambassador Dennis Jett — always has been, always will be (Letter to the Editor, May 13). And Israel is important to AIPAC (and me) — always has been, always will be.

I wonder/I doubt whether Ambassador Jett would have spoken out against UDP/AIPAC if it hadn’t supported Steve Irwin with a “slime” attack against Summer Lee and hadn’t been against “the Squad.” What he wrote has everything to do with that and all his talk about democracy is sheer nonsense!

Jack Mennis
Allison Park

Rodef Shalom’s mistake
I have known Rabbi Aaron Bisno for years. While I reside in New York City, I used to make frequent visits to Pittsburgh to spend time with my late father, Dr. Paul S. Caplan. We never missed a Rosh Hashanah service at Rodef Shalom Congregation, where my late parents, Gertrude F. and Paul S. Caplan, were members for many years. I was confirmed at Rodef Shalom, sang in the junior choir, was a member of the teen youth group and was married there. I have very fond memories of this venerable house of worship.

Thus, I, like so many others, was stunned to learn of Rabbi Bisno’s “leave of absence.”

Rabbi Bisno was always gracious to my father and me, welcoming us warmly on Rosh Hashanah. However, what stood out to me was Rabbi Bisno’s genuine concern for my dad as his health began to decline. During my father’s final months, Rabbi Bisno made frequent visits to see my father both at a rehab facility and then at his home. I have never seen such a genuinely caring rabbi as Aaron Bisno. He made himself available to us whenever I would reach out and his sage advice was a guide for me and my family during my father’s last weeks.

This historic temple demands a rabbi who possesses the intellect, the stature and gravitas deserving of this house of worship. Rabbi Bisno possesses these qualities. His sermons were poignant, thought-provoking and always relevant to the topics of the day as he gracefully intertwined the biblical passage of the week. Never before have I seen a rabbi receive an ovation as he did after his most moving Kol Nidre sermon.

His leadership is known throughout the Greater Pittsburgh religious community and he is respected by religious leaders of all faiths. He led a mission of interfaith clergy to Rome and Israel, opened the doors of Rodef Shalom to the congregants of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, has convened numerous conversations within the Jewish community and is deeply respected by his colleagues in Pittsburgh, the U.S. and around the world.

It would be a major mistake on many levels not to renew his contract, especially considering that this rabbi, whose voice has been heard so prominently throughout the Pittsburgh Jewish community, was not given a voice.

Roberta A. Caplan
New York, New York

The other side at the rally
The Jewish Pro-Life Foundation traveled to Washington D.C. on May 17 to educate Jewish abortion activists at the Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women (“NCJW Pittsburgh embraces role as ‘community ally’ as abortion ‘crisis’ looms,” May 13).

Our group included Jewish life-affirming rabbis and friends from New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Our educators included Rabbi Yakov Cohen of Institute of Noahide Code, Rabbi Noson Shmuel Leiter of Help Rescue our Children and Rabbi Shlomo Nachman of BeitEmunah.org.

Our compelling signs, posters and conversation offered attendees of the rally Torah-based images and messaging reflecting the sanctity of human life from conception, the nearly universal prohibition against abortion in Jewish law, cultural and historical reasons to choose lifesaving alternatives to unplanned pregnancy, and healing opportunities for Jewish men and women who suffer after abortion.

The Jewish Pro-Life Foundation saves Jewish lives and heals Jewish hearts by providing the Jewish community with much needed pro-life education, Jewish-friendly pregnancy care and adoption referrals, and healing after abortion.

Cecily Routman

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