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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA, APRIL 11, JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Tuesday, April 8, 2003. Group: Coalition should try Iraqis vlraqi war criminals should be tried by the U.S.-led coalition and not by an international court, a Jewish group says. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said the United States should establish a Nuremberg-style court. Hand- ing Iraqi leaders over to the United Nations or the Inter- national Court at The Hague would "only politicize the trial and provide a platform for those who opposed the war in the first place." Israeli: Abbas to fight terror The newly appointed Palestinian Authority prime min- ister intends to fight terror and resume diplomacy, an Israeli intelligence official said. Mahmoud Abbas also plans to fight corruption within the Palestinian Author- ity, Brig. Gen. Aharon Ze'evi said Tuesday at a Knesset committee meeting. But Ze'evi also said that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat may undermine Abbas. In addition, Ze'evi noted that Abbas, like Ararat, wants a Palestinian state in the entire West Bank, Gaza Strip and eastern Jerusalem, and he insists that Palestinian refu- gees and their descendants should have the "right of return" to their former homes in Israel. Jewish groups hail cross-burning decision Several Jewish groups hailed Monday's Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a law against cross burning. "Today's decision confirms what we have argued repeatedly, that threats are not constitutionally protected free speech," said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, which filed an amicus brief on the case with several other Jewish groups, including the American Jewish Committee, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the National Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah. The brief argued that cross-burning statutes do not violate free speech be- cause cross burning is a symbol of intimidation and instills fear. Israeli Arab named to court An Israeli Arab was named an acting Supreme Court justice. Observers believe that if Salim Joubran's trial period until the end of the year is successful, he will be appointed to a permanent post on the court. Joubran's appointment fulfills a promise Yosef Lapid made when he became justice minister earlier this year. By Joe Berkofsky NEW YORK (JTA)--Rabbi Mordechai Finley of Congre- gation Ohr HaTorah in Los Angeles has devised a strategy to help his two young daugh- ters cope with having their big brother Kayitz fighting in Iraq. Kayitz, 21, is a corporal with a front-line combat unit, the 1st Battalion of the 4th U.S. Marines Division, which has already waged bloody battles against Iraqi units in Nasiriya south of Baghdad. Besides limiting the TV viewing of his girls, ages 5 and 9, he says, "I tell them, 'I'll let you know when it's time to worry.' "When there's been a big battle, I tell them the next day, 'It was time to worry, but I forgot to tell you, so now you don't have to worry.' "And so each day goes for the Finleys and thousands of American families like them, who des- perately hope to learn some- thing about the fate of their loved ones, and try somehow to deal with knowing very little. Kayitz is one of some 1,000 Jewish men and women serv- ing in Operation Iraqi Free- dom. These individuals represent a fraction of the estimated 20,000 Jews among the 1.5 million-person U.S. armed forces. In many ways, the angst of Jewish families is indistin- guishable from that of all fami- lies with loved ones serving in the armed services. Jewish families are finding that the war is hitting home spiritually as well. Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans Discount on . Ii :services and merchandise: I I on any new I I Pre-need contracts. I I I, m J Ilmlllll mmlm m ii ] m i iii i UlIII l i imllm i ] U l i 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Marilyn J. Glenn, LFD, James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director And then, of course, there's the approaching holiday of Passover, which begins April 16. The Finleys usually host 30 to 40 people at their home for Passover, but this year, the rabbi says, "I haven't decided what we'll do yet." One thing he knows. With Kayitz in Iraq, he says, "his being there and fighting for freedom is really a family theme" for the seder. For her part, Judy Ledger of Atlanta is also sure about one thing. "We're not doing seder - I just can't see doing it without them," she says, referring to her son and daughter and their fianc~s, all of whom serve in the military. Ledger spends much of her time worrying. "It takes up a lot of my time," she says. Her son, Matthew Boyer, 24, is a field artillery specialistwith the 101st Airborne, 3rd Bri- gade, and is now in Iraq. His fiancee is a chemical and bio- logical trainer with another unit of the 101st Airborne in Kuwait. Ledger's daughter, Ilana Boyer, 21, a army medic, re- mains stationed at Fort Sill, Okla but Ilana's fianc~ is with the 82nd Airborne in Kuwait. Not only does she worry about her son's safety, but the images of allied POWs in Iraqi hands has not escaped her Jew- ish radar. ILANA BOYER (1), and her fiance, Jackson, S.C in May 2002. Wert is Boyer remains stateside. photo: GARY WERT, When Matthew was in- ducted, he originally did not listany religion on his dog tag, is embedded with the but before going to Iraq, he talion, and so he changed the listing to Jewish. "I yelled at him - it's bad glean enough you're in a dangerous After every battle, position, but I felt that was himself an ex-Marine, even worse," she recalls. "But for the possibility that he said that if he dies, he does a few hours, army notwantaprieststandingover could arrive at his home' him?' Trying to glean infor- bad news. mation about their loved ones "When there are is excruciating for these fami- Nasiriya, I feel horrible. lies. two hours after a newS t Ledger was buoyed late last are the most horrible,"he~ week by a "cute" postcard she Allan Rubin of Dallas received from her son, just a even less insi few lines scrawled on a torn condition. piece of cardboard. In a way, Finley is lucky: He See "Military" on pag In this time of crisis, the from their local communi- armed forces. The JCC: Jewish Community Center of ties. will make y effort tot Greater Orlando is keenly Please call the JCC if you out to these aware that there are many are such a family or if you tend assistance families of Jewish military know ofa military family who sible. Please call the personnelwhohave beende- may need assistance while 407-645-5933, Es ployed, who need support their spouse is serving in the 222 or Ela Crespin, ext. The theme of the Andrew Hansen Mandell JCC Summer Camp Judaic Experience 2003 will be "Tolerance and Diver- sity, Let's Shapea BetterWorld!" The children that attend the camp come from diverse back- grounds. This summer's eight- week program will focus on bringing together all the areas of the children's lives that make them equal and distinct. Together the campers and counselors will build on a"Tree of Life," starting at the roots, building up the trunk, into the branches and ending with the blooms/leaves. Each camperwill have an opportunity to discuss their ancestors (roots) in a ca- sual setting with his or her peers. The "roots" discussion will begin the tree. The trunk will represent the family, the branches will be what makes them distinct and the blooms/ Make new friends at the JCC Summer Day leaves will represent all that groups they can achieve if everyone building does .their part to "Shape a to the Better World." Each 45 minute sessionwill materials, begin with that week's discus- For addit sion topic for about 25 min- on the JCC's utes and then break into programs, About the cover: 'The Ha Transliterated & Translated If you've ever felt left out of Chad Gadya, you'll be able to This Haggadah the Passover Sederbecauseyou recite the Haggadahin Hebrew come addition to can't read Hebrew then this andsingalloftheSedersongs, ish home! book is for you. 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