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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2019 PAGE 3A By Marcy Oster (JTA)--Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida would take action against Airbnb for its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements. Airbnb announced in November 2018 that it would remove the listings of some 200 apartments and homes for rent in Jew- ish settlements in the West Bank, but not in Palestinian communities, and said that it consulted with experts to learn about the historical disputes in the region in order to make a decision about whether it should be doing business in "the oc- cupied territories." DeSantis said on Tuesday that the state would suspend the use of Airbnb for state-paid travel, and would consider preventing the state's pen- sion fund from investing in Airbnb. The company is not currently publicly traded but reportedly is planning to go public as early as June 2019, or at least by 2020, according to trade publications. "We have a moral obligation to oppose the Airbnb policy; it does target Jews specifically," said DeSantis. DeSantis' announcement is part ofa steady campaign to curry favor with the state's large Jewish community. On Monday he announced a Jew- ish judge as his selection to sit on the State's Supreme Court during a news conference at a local Miami Jewish day school, where he also announced that he would travel with a state delegation-to Israel in May. He recently announced more money to pay for security at Florida Jewish schools. Airbnb operates in 191 countries and regions and e more than 81,000 cities. A brief check on its website on Wednesday shows that rentals in West Bank Jewish settle- ments remain listed. Israeli's Minister of Strate- gicAffairs Gilad Erdan praised DeSantis' announcement, calling it "an important deci- sion that will embolden the fight against anti-Semitic boycott organizations. We will continue to act in all possible ways to nullifythebigoted de- cision discriminating against citizens of the State of Israel and harming them financially because of where they live." Erdan, who heads a com- mittee of Israeli government ministers charged with coun- tering the Airbnb decision, last month sent letters to five governors in the United States, including DeSantis, urging them to express their opposition to the Airbnb decision and to Fakeeco- nomic measures against the company. The Christians United for Israel, or CUFI, Action Fund on Tuesday issued a state- ment supporting DeSantis' announcement, saying in a statement that: "State and local governments should continue to take decisive measures to limit Airbnb's ability to operate unless and until this bigoted policy is reversed." By Marcy Oster (JTA)--The Southern Poverty Law Center and a major Reform synagogue in New York have disassociated themselves from this year's Women's March. Top leaders of the main or- ganization have been accused of engaging in or condoning anti-Semitism, of not cutting ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and of failing to heed the concerns of its thousands of Jewish backers. Jen Fuson, a spokeswoman for the Alabama-based SPLC, SPLC has designated the Nation of Islam as a hate group, but did not specifically cite this as a reason for leaving the national march. The Daily Beast also noted that EMILY's List does not appear on the list of Women's March 2019 partners and that the National Council of Jewish Women told The New York Jewish Week last week that it would not be a partner in this year's march. Stephen Wise Free Syna- gogue Senior Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch announced Friday that his New York-based congrega- told the Daily Be t that will disassociate from "other projects were a prior' W0men'sMarchInc andthat ity." She said the organization it will join the 2019 Women's would be involved in local MarchOnNYCundertheaus- marches where they have of- pices of the Women's March fices, however. Alliance. "As early as 2017 we heard rumblings of troubling ac- cusations of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism within and amongst the leadership of the Washington march," Hirsch said in a statement. "At the time we pushed our discomfort aside in defer- ence to what we considered the bigger issues threaten- ing our country. But now, in the aftermath of Pittsburgh and mindful of the surge in anti-Semitic incidents in the past two years, anti- Semitism can no longer be a narrow concern. If you tolerate or are sympathetic to those who are prejudiced against Jews, we cannot stand with you. If you deny Israel's right to exist, we cannot stand with you." By Marcy Oster (JTA)--Actress Carol Channing, who originated the starring role in "Hello Dolly!" on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the boisterous widow, has died. She was 97. Channing was the daugh- ter of a Jewish mother and a Christian father and identi- fied as "part Jewish." At 16, she learned that her father was multi-racial, with an African-American mother and a German father. She wrote in her memoir of her five-year marriage to her first husband, Theodore Naidish, that she learned to speak fluent Yiddish from his grandfather, Sam Cohen, who lived ~n Brooklyn's Brighton Beach. The Seattle native first became a star playing flapper Lorelei Lee in the 1949 pro- duction of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," where she sang the iconic "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Channing played Dolly Levi in "Hello Dolly!" win- ning the Tony in 1964. She played the role for the last time in a 1995 revival. Barbra Streisand was Dolly in the 1969 film version and Bette Midler also won a Tony for her portrayal in the 2017 Broadway revival. Channing was recognized with a Lifetime Achieve- ment Tony Award in 1995 and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. She made guest appearances on many television shows including "Sesame Street," where she performed a parody of "Hello Dolly" called "Hello Sammy," a love song to Carol Channing the Jim Henson character Sammy the Snake. She died Tuesday, Jan. 15, of natural causes just days before her 98th birthday. Channing was married four times and has one son. .( e and SAVE "/5%" on Omaha Steaks" 2 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons 2 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins 2(4 oz,) Boneless Pork Chops 4Boneless Chicken Breasts (t Ib, pkg.) 4 {3oz,) Kielbasa Sausages 4 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers 4(3 oZ.) Potatoes au Grattn o Omaha Steaks Seasoning Packet Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints Judge Robert Luck to the Florida Supreme Court during an announcement at Scheck Hillel Communffy School in North Miami Beach. By Marcy Ostcr (JTA)--A Jewish judge in Miami was named to the Florida Supreme Court at the Jewish day school where he attended kindergarten, finish- ing the ceremony by reciting a Jewish prayer. The appointment of Robert Luck, 39, was announced Monday at the Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach. Luck's children attend the school. Florida's new governor, Ron DeSantis, was on hand for the announcement, which featured a large Israeli flag dis- played behind the lectern, The Associated Press reported. Luck, who now serves on the 3rd District Court of Ap- peal, is the first Jewish justice appointed to Florida's highest court in 20 years, according to the Miami Herald. Luck, known as a conserva- tive, is a former Miami federal prosecutor and Circuit Court judge. He recited a blessing from the Amidah prayer, Politico reported: "You grace humans with wisdom and teach hu- manity perception. Bestow upon us Your knowledge, insight and understanding. Blessed are you the grantor of wisdom." The Zionist Organiza- tion of America praised the appointment, saying Luck "strongly respects the rule of law and will not be an 'activ- ist' judge who ignores what the framers and legislators intended."