As a Jew who lived his first 30 years in Ohio, and second in New York, I wanted to call out Stewart Ain’s slanted article about Ohio Jews, which focused on the southern river town of Cincinnati (“Ohio Jews Poised For Big Impact In November,” June 1).
Though both in Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland are about as similar as New York City and Buffalo.
They are 250 miles apart (over half the distance of Cleveland to New York City), and worlds apart politically. According to the Columbus Jewish Federation, the Jewish population of Cincinnati is only 22,500, while Cleveland/Akron’s is 86,500 — four times greater. Cincinnati is separated from Kentucky by a bridge. Cleveland is separated from Canada by a lake. Jews in Cleveland tend to be liberal Democrats, just like in New York City. Ain can write an exposé on Cincinnati’s Jews, but he shouldn’t allow them to represent the state of Ohio. Next time, ask him to interview Jews from Beachwood, Pepper Pike or Solon.
Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.