I was shocked and disappointed that Long Island Jewish Hospital is removing the word “Jewish” from its name. (“Jewish Hospitals Are Becoming Extinct,” Opinion, Oct. 9).
I am sure that many of the original founders and philanthropists feel the same way. Some of the same reasons for founding Jewish hospitals still exist today. Orthodox Jews make up the fastest growing segment of Judaism. Intermarriage and assimilation are causing a decrease in the rest of the Jewish population. Anti-Semitism is not disappearing. It is on the rise in the U.S. as well as throughout the world. There are more hate crimes against Jews than any other group in the U.S. Otherwise, why would they have to remove the word “Jewish” from the hospital’s name? Many Jews are still proud of our Jewishness and the contributions we have made to our country and are happy to have mezuzahs on our hospital doors.