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Young Israel Conflict

Young Israel Conflict

It is telling that The Jewish Week refers to the complaints of some Young Israel branches against the national organization as an “upheaval” while your periodic portrayals of changes in the Conservative and Reform movements are nice people working things out (“Amid Upheaval, National Council of Young Israel Celebrates 100th,” Nov. 11).

I guess The Jewish Week just can’t help itself.

The truth is that those renegade congregations are not so much interested in how the Young Israel leadership is selected or concerns about their finances. These congregations would like to be more Conservative, and wants the Orthodox Young Israel leadership to agree to this. The answer is simple: Young Israel is an Orthodox organization. If these people want a more Conservative Jewish experience, walk or drive down the block to the Conservative Temple. It’s win-win for you and the Young Israel. Go for it.

Highland Park, N.J.

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