Monday, January 23, 2006

Letter to Editor

Dear Mr. Gordon,
I am a frequent reader of your publication over the last few years. Your newspaper has filled a long standing void. The Five Towns Jewish Times is significant in that it shares information that is important to the orthodox community in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. In addition it supports local businesses by providing the opportunity to advertise to potential local customers. There are many proponents and opponents of having a local Jewish paper but I, for one, appreciate, your efforts and want to congratulate you on creating a professional paper that is a true asset to the 5 Towns and Far Rockaway.

My daughter, Nechama Liba, passed away over 1 and half years ago at age 10 (actually 3 days before her 11th birthday) following a 6 year illness. She was an incredible person and was mature far beyond her years. Anyone who met her, felt inspired just by witnessing her smile, despite the difficulties that she encountered. The name may sound familiar to you since the catering hall, Ateres Nechama Liba, located in Bnos Bais Yaakov building is named for her.

The fact that a simcha hall is associated with her name brings tremendous comfort to my wife and I, in addition to our immediate and extended family. On a weekly basis, the simcha gallery in your paper contains photos of families celebrating Bar or Bat Mitzvahs in the Hall. Instead of stating the name Ateres Nechama Liba, it simply lists the location as Bnos Bais Yaakov. It would be a testimony to my daughter as well as a great comfort to my wife and me, if you could state the hall as Ateres Nechama Liba in the caption. Ateres Nechama Liba is listed on all of the invitations and, hopefully, on the advertisements. To some this might appear trivial yet we need to hold on to all that we have.

I maintain a web site in her memory containing stories, letters, and speeches in memory of Nechama Liba in a blog at There is a small but dedicated readership and many people have, by their admission, been inspired. If you have the opportunity to read the blog, you might get a sense of who Nechama Liba was and why she had such an effect on the entire community.

I understand that you are very busy and therefore, I greatly appreciate it if you could oversee that this change be considered.

Thank you in advance.

Glen & Saguite Holman


Blogger torontopearl said...

Glen, keep us posted if the editor reads your fine letter, and makes the appropriate change in the newspaper. Good for you. Your family, and Nechama Liba's memory deserve the correction to be made.

Hope "Eema" and Menucha Liba are doing well...

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