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Synagogue a great addition

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

I feel sorry for Larry Ferguson, who seems to have a problem accepting the diversity inherent in our 21st-century society.

As I recall, David Hyman, himself, was a Jewish investor in 19th-century Aspen. I do not know the location of Mr. Ferguson’s Hyman Mall buildings but I dare say Jewish patrons are welcomed “same as everyone else.”

Rabbi Mintz’s “agenda” consists of providing a Jewish education for children and a family place to worship. Aspen’s Jewish population has grown large enough to support the Jewish Resource Center as well the congregation sharing facilities at the Aspen Chapel.

Financially, because of Rabbi Mintz’s commitment, and that of a few generous contributors, the Jewish Resource Center has been able to move ahead to acquire its own land.

The next step is to work with the appropriate agencies to obtain the necessary approvals (and to raise the funds needed to complete the project). Mr. Ferguson says “stop now.” Would he take the same stand if the building were to be the location for a new Baptist church or a private Catholic school?

The Jewish Resource Center considered several locations in Aspen before purchasing the property at Fourth and Main. Certainly there are enough talented local architects to envision a new facility consistent with the site, the neighborhood and the congregation’s own needs.

One more thought with respect to Aspen’s Jewish citizens – they have been extremely supportive of our local charities and have served arm-in-arm with the rest of our citizens on the major boards in town.

I happen to enjoy Rabbi Mintz as a friend and spiritual mentor. It would seem that Mr. Ferguson has an agenda of carefully hidden bigotry that echoes pogroms, the Holocaust and other anti-Jewish crimes of the past. Love your neighbor as yourself, Mr. Ferguson.

Jonas Weil

Aspen


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