In an article published about two weeks ago, Francine Klagbrun of the Jewish Week published an opinion column where, after complimenting Chabad for their genuine outreach to every Jew, regardless of financial means, offers a laundry list of old complaints about Chabad. Rabbi Tuvia Teldon, Director of Chabad in Long Island, wrote the following letter in response:
Francine Klagbrun’s opinion column (“Synagogues Should Be More Welcoming,” Jan. 13), after complimenting Chabad for our genuine outreach to every Jew, regardless of financial means, offers a laundry list of old complaints about Chabad. I would like to address one of her comments, which I hear repeated in some Jewish circles. Her statement “although my friend missed the more intellectual atmosphere of a Conservative synagogue, he enjoyed the enthusiasm and inclusiveness of the Chabad service,” seems to paint Chabad as intellectually second-class. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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