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LETTERS How Readers Read To the Editor: You wish to know how people read magazines (Alef, July/August). With my favorite magazines, I have developed a consistent pattern. After studying the...

...In some families, a similar method of study is applied to Torah study...
...As Jewish holidays approached, the teacher would ask, "Who is going to be in school...
...Yet I knew my brothers, the Jews, were much more than people who celebrated the Sabbath on Saturday and didn't eat pork...
...Zev and Mary Davis Oak Park, Michigan More from the Bronx To the Editor: May I congratulate, and thank, both moment and my loyal friend, the author-poet Yaacov Luria, for a beautiful, intimate portrait of the 52-year young Amalgamated Cooperative Community ("Holding Out in the Bronx," June...
...This has given Us the opportunity to compare methods of education...
...Many of the children attending P.S...
...I hope that you will find my comments worthy of publishing, so that your readers may come to know that all Christians don't evangelize, but that many are eager to learn...
...This system has produced a thousand six-year-olds who can play the Bach Double Concerto in D Minor...
...The Amalgamated was a small, self-contained society...
...The buildings are growing shabbier every year and one cannot find a parking space after 9 p.m...
...Having completed my "introductory ritual," I look through the entire issue, page by page, mentally noting the articles that seem most compelling...
...The cooperators are now senior citizens, living on pensions and social security...
...Kevin P. Snook Mililani Town, Hawaii...
...It is different, changing with the rest of the Bronx...
...95 did not even have to use all of the classrooms, so the upper floors were occupied by the overflow students of a nearby high school...
...I remember moving to the Amalgamated in 1939 and my feelings of amazement at being surrounded by trees, park and reservoir rather than the pavement and traffic of our previous Bronx neighborhood...
...In the Suzuki method, the parent begins by taking lessons along with the child in order to be able to inspire and coach the child in practice sessions between lessons...
...The parent, who is familiar with the material being taught in school, farhehrs (reviews) what the child has learned during the week by questioning him about it at the Sabbath table...
...Perhaps Hebrew schools ought to take a cue from Suzuki and require the parents to attend some classes, in order to become familiar with the material their children are learning...
...Since there was no new building during World War II, the apartments were filled with families who knew each other...
...The apartments have three locks on the doors...
...Often I will carry an issue in my handbag, to read as I commute to my office...
...Usually the magazine is kept in the kitchen, because most of my reading is done on weekends, sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee...
...I have discovered much truth and insight in Judaism via moment and I had to express my profound gratitude here...
...to be enlightened...
...This was indeed true of the 700 pre-World War Two pioneer families who occupied the first half dozen units...
...In the case of moment, that first reading is always your "Beginnings" (in Hadassah Magazine, it is Ruth Seligman's "Life in Israel...
...But after World War II, when the population doubled within five years of feverish construction...
...Joyce Ruderick Port Washington, New York Hebrew School at Home To the Editor: While Robert Milch's approach to Jewish education may seem unconventional to most American Jews, it is a time-honored tradition in Jewish education...
...The children I grew up with in the 1940's are now the professionals, Ph.Ds, suburbanites and exurban-ites of the 1970's...
...After studying the cover, I turn to the table of contents page to read the cover credits and glance at the table of contents itself...
...I thank Mr...
...The Amalgamated was a secure, loving place in which to grow up...
...She also studies the violin according to the method of the Japanese pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki, who stresses the involvement of the parent in the child's education...
...Today, some SO ethnic families live and thrive among us on equal democratic terms...
...Anita Kaufman Miller Rochester, New York From Honolulu To the Editor: I am a new reader of moment, having come across several issues in the Temple here in Honolulu...
...Even though the Rail is down, the park is still a slightly seedy, green preserve...
...I bear grateful witness to Luria's warmly Jewish-hearted portrayal of an ongoing, successful model in civilized urban living for moderate-income families...
...The ubiquitous death notices posted on every bulletin board are almost daily Continued on page 8 occurrences...
...I should also tell you that I am a devout Christian whose search for truth and enlightenment has brought me closer to the Jewish community...
...They were practically all immigrant men's and women's clothing workers and Union leaders, as well as many Yiddish writers, educators, poets, musicians, painters and sculptors...
...Please continue the outstanding job of spreading this marvelous knowledge and may God bless you all...
...There were always meeting rooms available for groups like Habonim because busy teenagers did not get into trouble...
...95 are now bused in from other neighborhoods, so the population of the school is multiracial and ethnically varied...
...Then, no matter what articles pique my interest, I always read one particular column first...
...Visits to the temple and reviews of your fine magazine and the stimulating articles within shed a new light on some very special people, the Jews...
...Our older daughter attends a religious school with a full program of Jewish and secular subjects...
...Unfortunately, most parents are not knowledgeable enough to be able to do this...
...No faceless anonymity in the Amalgamated but a cohesive, extended group of Jewish families living their lives in dignity and in the greenest surroundings offered in the Bronx...
...If the magazine has a book review column, that is usually my next stop...
...With this essential corrective, Yaacov Luria's loving haggadah of a housing miracle, man-made, is worthy of the poet that he is...
...Herman Liebman Bronx, New York To the Editor: How delighted I was to read Yaacov Luria's article, "Holding Out in the Bronx," in the June issue of moment...
...But I also bear the responsibility for correcting a mis-impression he gives as to the "totally white, virtually all Jewish" composition of the Amalgamated Co-op...
...Being a Catholic, I knew little of our country's Jewish population...
...Now, the "ritual" is completed and, if I have time, I read an article that caught my interest...
...As I grew older and began dating, if some young man from "outside" got lost and was unable to find our entrance in the courtyard, someone would be around to give directions...
...What his article really proves is that parental interest and concern is essential to ensure adequate standards...
...in Psychology Today it is "Newsline...
...and about three little children would raise their hands in each class...
...This would increase the level of parental involvement, and ultimately raise the quality of Jewish education in America...
...Blacks and Hispanics began, hesitatingly, to "discover" the virtues of cooperative living...
...Luria for the : thoughtfulness and loving eyes with which he wrote about my family, my youth, and my old community...
...My parents still live in the Amalgamated, so we find ourselves back in the old neighborhood several times a year...
...Now that I've answered your question, aren't you sorry you asked...
...And they would know our family by name...

Vol. 4 • October 1979 • No. 9


 
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