The recent letter to the community from the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center/Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix leadership (“ILJCC kosher policy response,” Jewish News, Jan. 15) is yet another example of double-speak.

The letter stated, “When we became aware that a few rabbis had concerns, we openly shared our practices and policies with the Board of Rabbis.”

Why would the address for issues of kashrut go to the non-Orthodox Board of Rabbis, many of whom do not keep kosher themselves? Furthermore, when they “did not receive a response from the Board of Rabbis,” did they not have the time to check in with any of the dozen-plus rabbinic members to see what they thought?

I am a non-Orthodox Jew who keeps kosher and there are many more just like me. This is not about Orthodox vs. non-Orthodox. This is about the JCC/Federation vs. kosher.

Harvey Messier, Sun City West


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