I must take exception to the JTA article on United Synagogue Youth voting to allow its officers to interdate, for two reasons (“USY Reverses Interfaith Dating Ban,” Dec. 26).
First, the author did not quote either a United Synagogue or USY leader opposed to this change. From the history of this issue, there had to have been opposition. If one had just read this article he or she would assume the decision was unanimous. Next time, the writer should try to be less biased.
Secondly, such a decision [moves the group] one more step away from Jewish continuity. Does anyone seriously believe that the Conservative movement can oppose intermarriage at the same time officers in its youth movement are dating non-Jews? As this movement is progressively unable to say no to anything, it will eventually be indistinguishable from Reform. In addition, rather than focusing on mere inclusion, there ought to be a movement to build a strong core. The decision by USY on interdating is a step in the wrong direction on that point.
Fair Lawn, N.J.