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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 19, 2019 PAGE 15A From page 1A high for the opposition. The largest party in the outgoing Knesset, called the Zionist Union, held 24 seats, six fewer than Likud. Alongside Gantz, Blue and White is led by Yair Lapid, a centrist and former news anchor who entered the Knesset in 2013. Gantz had yet to concede the race as of early morning Wednesday in Israel. Haredi Orthodox parties also succeeded on Tuesday. United Torah Judaism and Shas, which represent Ash- kenazi and Sephardi haredi voters, respectively, each won eight seats. Further down the list, the election featured some sur- prises. Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, two prominent figures on the right, may not serve in the next Knesset, as their New Right party finished with less than 3.25 percent of the vote--the threshold for entering the parliament. Like- wise, the Zehut party, which combined far-right national- ism with libertarianism--and favored legalizing marijuana-- appears likely to fall short of the threshold despite garnering significant media attention during the campaign. The Union of Right-Wing Parties, a slate that includes the extreme-right Jewish Power, won five seats. So did Israel Beiteinu, the right-wing party led by Avigdor Liberman that caters to Russian speak- ers. Kulanu, a center-right party focused on economics, won four seats. On the left, the Labor Party, which dominated Israeli poli- tics decades ago, won just six seats, an all-time low. Meretz, which is further to the left, picked up four seats. The Arab- Israeli parties, Hadash-Taal and Raam-Balad, won a total of 10 seats. The numbers may change a bit on Wednesday, as the votes of Israeli soldiers have yet to be counted. Likud won a slim plurality of votes in Jerusalem, Israel's largest city. Blue and White garnered more than 45 per- cent of the vote in Tel Aviv. Here are the results by party, according to Israeli news websites: Likud--35 Blue and White--35 Shas--8 United Torah Judaism--8 Hadash-Taal--6 Labor--6 Israel Beiteinu--5 Union of Right-Wing Par- ties--5 Meretz--4 Kulanu--4 Raam-Balad--4 From page 1A now the fourth country to accomplish this," he added. SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn said he "doesn't regret for a moment" the decision to back the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet. "We have a lot to be proud of," he said. President Reuven Rivlin, who had invited children to his residence in Jerusalem to watch the Beresheet moon landing, reassured the children that this "is a big and excellent achieve- ment--that has not yet been accomplished. There is no need to be disappointed. We need to praise what we accomplished." NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also sent re- grets of the failed moon landing via Twitter: "While @NASA regrets the end of the @TeamSpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing, we congratulate SpaceIL, Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the accomplish- ment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit." "A[n Israeli] spacecraft will land on the moon-- whole," said Netanyahu, predicting that it will happen in two to three years. From page 1A profit organizations dedicated to humanitarian aid that serve people in different parts of the world." Airbnb said in its statement that it does not support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement target- ing Israel. "Airbnb has always opposed the BDS movement," the statement reads. "Airbnb has never boycotted Israel, Israeli businesses, or the more than 20,000 Israeli hosts who are active on the Airbnb platform. We have always sought to bring people together and will continue to work with our community to achieve this goal." Shurat Hadin organized its suit on behalf of a dozen American Jewish families, most of whom own properties in West Bank settlements. The Zell and Schultz suit came on behalf of five similar clients. Both suits were filed under the Fair Housing Act, which was meant to prevent discrimina- tion against minorities in the United States. The plaintiffs said that because Airbnb is based in the United States, it must adhere to the act in all its listings worldwide. In the lawsuits, the plain- tiffs claimed that Airbnb was discriminating against them for being Jewish, given that it still allowed listings ~y Pales- tinian Muslims and C~ristians in the West Bank. "The policy Airtnb an- nounced last Novenber was abject discriminatiol against Jewish users of the vebsite," Nitsana Darshan-Letner, the president of Shural Hadin, said in a statement. "Vhatever one's political view, dscrimi- nation based on reli,~ious af- filiation should nev be the solution." Two PalestinianAnericans, as well as two Palestnian vil- lages, filed counterdaims to the Shurat Hadin suit. The villages lay claim to the land that two of the plaintiffs' Airbnb rentals sit on and are therefore accusing the set- tiers of theft. The Palestinian Americans are also claiming discrimination based on na- tional origin, as Palestinians are not allowed to enter Israeli settlements without a special permit. Their motion to inter- vene in the suit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, a U.S.-based legal ad- vocacy group that advocates for Palestinian causes. In a statement, the center said itwas seeking to have the counterclaim proceed, even though the lawsuit itself has been settled. Airbnb's policy change also came after a dialogue with the Anti-Defamation League on the issue. The group had sent an open letter to Airbnb CEO Brian Cheskywhen the initial policy was announced, asking what territories it applies to, which experts Airbnb con- sulted and whether it applies to other disputed areas as well. Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL's national director, sub- sequently exchanged emails with Chesky and metwith him in person in January to discuss the issue. Greenblatt said the ADL "had some indication there was an announcement pending" on the matter. He said that while the ADL sup- ports the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, it opposes boycotts as a tactic to advance that goal. "The company demon- strated a kind of maturity that I don't always see from young companies, a willing- ness to thoughtfully engage with stakeholders on the is- sue, to listen in an attentive way and take action," he said. "They have a desire to be a values-driven business and what we pointed out was that this decision was inconsistent with that approach." From page IA ecutive Director Mike McKee. "Madeline loved JFS for a reason and it s not hard to see why. This humble building on Lee Road makes the world a better place." More than 10,000 individu- als are positively impacted annually by the programs and services they receive at JFS. In 2018, the Pearlman Emergen- cy Food Pantry provided food for more than 68,000 meals, the Counseling, Growth and Development Program pro- vided nearly 2,400 counseling sessions, and the Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly program transported elderly and disabled adults to more than 600 doctor's ap- pointments. JFS is proud to name its building after the Wolly's and to continue the legacy of this remarkable couple by serving those in need in the Central Florida community. From page 2A Pavilion supporters. Next up is the Pavilion Golf Tourna- ment on Sunday, May 5, at Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course--visit JewishPavilion. org/2019 -golf-tournament for more information or to sign up for the tournament and/ or luncheon. Tournament proceeds benefit the Pavilion's Orlando Senior Help Desk. Following that is a Citrus Club Cocktail Party on Monday, June 3, benefitting the Jew- ish Pavilion. Attendees will mingle with other Orlando professionals at the opulent downtown club and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a drink for a $15 donation; for more information, contact the Pa- vilion office at 407-678-9363. From page 14A and still grant him semicha. Itwas deeply saddening for me to learn that they wouldn't." Alumni of the school said they were informed that At- wood would not be ordained last month in a conference call. Several described feeling distraught at the news, hav- ing felt hopeful that Atwood's ordination would set a path for future gay students. Several graduates of the school said alumni are divided over the school's handling of this decision. "People look to Chovevei to be a beacon for people who are trying to stay committed to the Orthodox world and at the same time not have to compromise their moral val- ues," said Rabbi Aaron Potek, an alumnus and now the rabbi at GatherDC in Washington, D.C. "If the leadership at Cho- vevei can't find a way to make space for gay Orthodox rabbis, that sends a pretty devastating message to that community and to the broader Orthodox community aboutwhat is and is not possible to be included in that world." Rabbi Avram Mlotek, founder of the Base Hillel outreach project and also a graduate of YCT, said he felt "heartbroken" forAtwood and his family. Others defended the school, noting the requirement for YCT students to be fully com- mitted to Orthodox halacha and Atwood's recent engage- ment to his partner with whom he lives. In 2010, YCT faculty members issued a document urging compas- sion and inclusion for LGBT members of the Orthodox community, but also asserted that "Halakhic Judaism can- not give its blessing and imprimatur to Jewish reli- gious same-sex commitment ceremonies and weddings, and halakhic values proscribe individuals and communities from encouraging practices that grant religious legiti- macy to gay marriage and couplehood." "We're living at a time when people are trying to figure out how someone can be gay and keep halacha at the same time," said Rabbi Chai Posner, associate rabbi of Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Baltimore and a graduate of YCT. "This would be the first time an Or- thodox rabbi would be granted semicha while being openly gay and, fair or not, that reality carries with it a certain level of expectations" in terms of adherence to halacha. "The bar is certainly raised for someone who is going to be a rabbi." Rabbi Aviad Bodner, a graduate of YCT, is rabbi of Stanton Street Synagogue on Manhattan's Lover East Side. He said nearly me-third of his synagogue's leadership is LGBT. "The Orthodox conmunity must do more and cardo more to be more welcomirg to the LGBT community," Bodner said. Without addressing this specific case, he said that YCT "must ensure that every one of its musmachim [ordained rabbis] is observant and fol- lows halacha." Several alumni mpha- sized the constant tension YCT deals with in na, igating between the broadel Jewish world and more tralitional Orthodox elements. "Chovevei is bein pulled in two directions,' Potek said. "There's a group of alumni and students who want Chovevei to be taking these important steps toward greater inclusivity, and then there are alumni v ho are paranoid about wha right- wing Orthodox Jevs will think about their Orttodoxy." This is not the fint time YCT's actions have parked debate among its alumni. In 2016, several graduates wrote an open letter opposing the practice of "partnership minyanim," traditional-style services in which women lead parts of the service and a practice embraced by several YTC alumni. In 2009, Rabbi Weiss pri- vately ordained Sara Hurwitz as "rabba" in a controversial move that further alien- ated the movement from the mainstream Modern Orthodox community. Weiss and Hurwitz subsequently founded Yeshivat Maharat to ordain women as Orthodox spiritual leaders. Linzer, who has been the rosh yeshiva of YCT since its founding and assumed the role of president last fall, has long been an advocate for acceptance of LGBT members of the Orthodox community. In his email to The Jew- ish Week, he noted that the yeshiva "regularly brings in members of Eshel, JQY [two support groups for gay people from traditional back- grounds], and the LGBTQ community, as well as rabbis, poskim, and community lead- ers, so that we can best chart a path forward that is rooted in Torah, halacha, and re- sponsible rabbinic leadership, and that honors the inherent dignity of every human being created in God's image. We continue to grapple with this issue and are always learning in the process." In an online discussion organized by the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Linzer discussed the Jewish legal ramifications of two men living together and wrote that "our focus has to be not on halacha, but on communal acceptance and on making gay men and women, and their spouses or partners, as well as their children, fully welcome and fully a part of our com- munities, synagogues, and schools." He continued: "On a com- munal level, we should be very wary of assuming that we know what goes on behind closed doors. It also is none of our business. We do not presume to know, or believe it our business to know, which family is or is not keeping the laws of niddah [ritual purity], and to judge them accord- ingly, and this should be no different." Every day thot you're outside, you're exposed to dongerous, but invisible, uitroviolet (UV) sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV rodiotion can seriously domoge the eye, leoding to cotorocts, skin cancer oround the eyelid ond other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is irnportont to rnointoining eye heolth now ond in the future, Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with maximum UV protection.