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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2003 PAGE 1,r, srael Ayub, who is of Afghani de- Andrew Getraer, executive StMfWriter scent and is a graduate stu- directorofRutgersHillel,said, dent in international relations "Whether or not there is a con- N.J.---Orga- at Johns Hopkins University, ference at Rutgers, I'm not Third Interna- added promptly, "We don't sure it's going to make any of the Pal- sanction violence or the kill- difference. NJ Solidarity, the Movement ing of innocent civilians" by most extreme faction of the to either side in the Middle East pro-Palestinian movement, is struggle, still based on our campus. I to Ohio NJSolidarityorganizerand guess we're stuck with it." spokespersonCharlotte Kates, Getraer told NJJN his organi- e-rnailbaUottabulated a student at Rutgers Law zation has no plans to scale members of the School, told NJJN, "It is en- back its yearlong "Israel In- national organizing tirely inappropriate to be talk- spires'campaign, designed"to .'e approved the ing about this to the press at create a pro-Israel environ- by a margin this point." And, she added, ment on campus." Represen- 13 with one absten- "there is a conference taking tatives of New Jersey's Jewish than the required place at Rutgers from Oct. 10 federations were scheduled to through 12." Later, Kates re- meetonAug.28toreconsider lloting came afteracted harshly to demands by strategies afterlearningofthe and Arab organi- universityofficialsthatthesite vote to move the main pro- the Rutgers cam- of the NJ Solidarity meeting PalestinianconclavefromNew to the Pales- be relocated from the Douglass Brunswick to Columbus. movement withdrew College Center in New As of now, the 13 federa- planned Brunswicktothe Louis Brown tions have pledged $150,000 ng, objecting Athletic Center across the to underwrite the pro-Israel mis- Raritan River at the satellite campaign, which is scheduled that included Rutgerscampusin Piscataway. to begin with a Labor Day bar- e existence of "It's in the middle of no- becue dinner at Hillel on the colonial settler where," she told the Associ- eve of the fall semester. Israel" and uncondi- ated Press. "It's completely 'Wait and see' approach Or- SUpPortof"Palestinians' invisible. I think they're try- ganizers on and off the cam- esist occupa- ing to make the conference pusarehopingtorecruitthou- oppression by any invisible We'li hold the con- sands of supporters of Israel to "Inaresolu- ferenceintheparkbeforewe'll a college rally on Thursday, the organiz- hold it there." University offi- Oct. 9, then devote the Oct. representatives ofcials said the move was moti- 10-12 weekend to a three-day vatedbysecurityconcerns, not festival combining an inter- be- by a desire to isolate the pro- scholastic conference on Is- NJS has been both Palestinian movement. As of rael with a celebration of s usurped press time, they had no indi- Sukkot at the Hyatt Hotel in lahighlyundemo- cation whether NJ Solidarity downtown New Brunswick. di to would proceed with plans for On the Ohio State campus, obtained by NJ its gathering at Rutgers. Joseph Kohane, the .Hillel the committee Hussein Ibish, communica- chapter's executive director, :the conference tionsdirectorfortheAmerican- is adopting "a wait and see" would be bowing ArabAnti-DiscriminationCom- attitude before designing a the dictatorial pres- mittee, said he believes the two grand strategy to cope with pro-Palestinian conferences-- thepro-Palestinian gathering. democratic at Ohio State ar ,d at Rutgers, if Speaking from his office on re, and setting the it takes place--will be quite the Columbus campus, into a destructivedifferent from one another. Kohane told NJJN he sees it could very well Ibish, whose group con-"as an opportunity central to on the demns suicide bombings and our mission to give our stu- ist." Fatima favors atwo-state solutionasa dents training to be clear and for the peacefulsettlementtothe Pal- responsible advocates for Is- that comprise estinian-Israeli conflict, said rael."For Ohio State Hiilel, he Solidarity theoneatOhioStatewill"have added, that mission is nothing the vote much more active student par- new. "We always have strong largely by op- ticipation and a broader spec- Jewish education on campus, be- trum of views than the one in with speakers ready to engage l thepartofNJSoli NewJersey."ThegatheringNJ other students in dialogue to a recent Solidarity plans to host "will about Israel." Some 3,000 to eonference. "It was be a lot smaller and have a lot 4,000 of the 48,000 students an internal dis- more strident voices. Theone onthecampusareJewish, and disagreement in Ohio will be much more Kohane estimates that be- statement." important," he said. tween 700 and 1,000 of them "come in contact with Hillei on aweekly basis." To Kohane, "OSU is a very conservative campus, where there isn't as much anti-lsraei activity as you might think." "Since 9/ 11, many students side with the Bush administration's ac- tions in its war on terrorism," he said. "The students have seen the effects of suicide bombing on the World Trade Center," and by extension, many of them empathize with the terrorist siege against Israel. Kohane said he has already had strategy discussions with officials of Rutgers Hillel and plans to reach out to Jewish federation leaders in Ohio as needed. But in contrast to the situ- ation in New Brunswick, Kohane said, he was not espe- cially troubled about such po- litical adversaries as the local host for the conference, the Committee for Justice in Pal- estine, a group with which Hillel has coexisted peacefully on the OSU campus. "I don't like their positions," said Kohane, "but we can have a rational discourse, as long as that discourse is at a level ap- propriate at a university cam- pus." Robert Wiener can be reached at rwiener@njjewishnews.com. Paying tribute through tzedakah Last year, the Jewish Federation raised close to $10,000 in tribute appeals. These funds support vital health and humanitarian services in this community, in Israel and around the world. "We accept any level donation, "says Diane Nachman, who has worked as a Federation administrative assis- tant for almost 17years. "These beautiful tribute cards can be sent for any occasion," says Gloria Newberger, a newcomer to Orlando, who has already sent several cards to honor friends on their birthdays and other special occasions. To send a tribute, either call Diane Nachman at 407- 645-5933, Ext. 224, or e-mail her at dianen~orlandojewishfed.org. Shown here (l-r): GLORIA NEWBERG R (1), a new resident of Orlando, with DIANE NACHMAN, Federa- tion administrative assistant. 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Baghdad headquarters, 2003 in New York. a memorial candle is Ambassador Dan Gillerman, permanent the United Nations.Also pictured (l-r) are Malcolm Hoenlein, vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents; U.S. Representative Major ion Pinkas, Israel's consul general in New York; N.Y.S. Attorney Gordon Olsen, acting minister counselor for Political Affairs at the U.N.; and N.Y.C. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as children in memory of the children killed in the Jerusalem bus bombing. Then we hope you'll visit some other temples, as well. Because no choice is more personal than choosing a synagogue. What's right for one family may not be right for you and your family. But if you're looking for a Reform congregation big enough to offer all the educational and religious opportunities of a large congregation and small enough to offer you a sense of intimacy and belonging, we think you'll like CLJ! Of course, you won't know until you meet us on September 7th. We'll make the food. You make the phone call, 407-645-0444 for more information about CLJ in general or our Prospective Members Brunch in particular. CLJ 928 Malone Drive Orlando, FL 32810 www.cljorlando.org Steven W. Engel, Rabbi