Rabbi Alex Chapper draws the wrong conclusion when he suggests that the Reform Movement is presiding over the death of Judaism ( Letters, November 16). Surely that privilege lies with those who disparage the claims of loyal, practising, patrilineal Jews on account of an outdated and dubious ruling. Had he been at my synagogue to see the barmitzvah of a wheelchair-bound 18-year-old, he might have thought again as to where the blame lies. The young man, turned back on to his Jewish roots by Maccabi, had been officially converted after study, worked for his barmitzvah from a large-print text and is now in Israel for a year. By Orthodox criteria, he counts for nothing. Barry Hyman Priory View, Bushey Heath
I work in a Roman Catholic school, before which my colleagues’ only experiences of Jews were those who refused to integrate into society. I have now managed to portray a positive image of Judaism, which does more to prevent antisemitism than intolerant and narrow-minded views like those shown by the rabbi. The “death of Judaism” would only be caused by bigoted, “pious” people, who refuse to accept modern Jewry as valid. Jennifer Bluston Jenb111@hotmail.com
Sometimes it can be hard work plowing through your letters page. The rest of the JC paints a diverse, dynamic picture of Anglo-Jewry in all its rich variety; we are rightly portrayed as a bright, engaged and engaging minority. Turn to the middle of the paper, and we have a completely different tone.
Last week we were treated to a letter from a rabbi, no less, who basically said he wanted to ostracise all Reform Jews as self-hating apostates. I didn’t realise that there were so many Jews in Britain that we could afford to have a community leader make such a breathtaking, exclusionary comment in our national newspaper.
Still, at least it is good news for the figures on antisemitic attacks. After all, a hefty proportion of this sad increase in hate crime presumably isn’t actually attacks on Jews at all, according to the rabbi. Mike Katz Gladys Road, London NW6