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EXODUS: “After Trump Hedges His Condemnation of Hate, C.E.O.s Organize a Mass Defection” by David Gelles, Landon Thomas Jr., Andrew Ross Sorkin and Kate Kelly: “As the group disintegrated, Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of the Blackstone Group, was kept in the loop. Mr. Schwarzman was one of Mr. Trump’s closest business confidants and the chairman of the policy forum, but he was also outraged by the president’s remarks. On Tuesday evening, he called Jared Kushner… to inform him that the policy forum was falling apart. At the same time, Mr. Schwarzman began drafting a statement about disbanding the group… During the 40-minute phone call (on Wed.), Mr. Schwarzman did not press for continued allegiance to the president…. After the decision was final, Mr. Schwarzman called the White House to let Mr. Trump know… Shortly thereafter, the president claimed on Twitter that he was disbanding the advisory groups.” [NYTimesCNNMoney]

C-SUITE REACTION: “Apple CEO Tim Cook Shares Tech Giant’s Plan to Fight Racism after Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks” by Sofia Lotto Persio: “Cook pledged $1 million each in donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit legal advocacy organization for civil rights, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an NGO fighting against anti-Semitism. “We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30,” Cook wrote.” [NewsweekBuzzFeed]

Mark Zuckerberg writes on Facebook… “The last few days have been hard to process. I know a lot of us have been asking where this hate comes from. As a Jew, it’s something I’ve wondered much of my life. It’s a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrong — as if this is somehow not obvious… There may always be some evil in the world, and maybe we can’t do anything about that. But there’s too much polarization in our culture, and we can do something about that.” [Facebook

Starbucks’ Howard Schultz at a company wide forum: “I come to you as an American, as a Jew, as a parent, as a grandparent, as an almost 40-year partner of this company,” Schultz said to open the event. “I come to you with profound, profound concern about the lack of character, morality, humanity and what this might mean for young children and young generations.” [BusinessInsider]

REACTION FROM JEWISH LEADERS: “Rabbi That Oversaw Ivanka Trump’s Conversion to Judaism Slams Trump on Charlottesville Response” by Yashar Ali: “In a letter sent to members of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun this evening, Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein (who oversaw Ivanka’s conversion), along with his successors Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz and Rabbi Elie Weinstock, said… “While we avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation President Trump has offered in his response to this act of violence.”” [NYMag]

Rabbi David Wolpe: “The week has been painful and dispiriting. The single, simple truth is that seeing one’s President hesitate, even for an instant, to condemn, anathematize and revile Nazis is soul crushing… For the simple truth is that anyone, left or right, who equivocates, who “on the other hands” this question, has debased themselves. If you love our country, if you are Jewish and love your people, if you care for the decency of our flag and its integrity, if you cherish the remarkable, scarred history of this nation, you have to say “this is wrong.” And you have to call on the President to do what Jews call teshuva — repentance.” [Facebook]

RJC, Orthodox Groups Reject Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Remarks: In a rare statement issued yesterday, the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership, RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman and Executive Director Matt Brooks, implored Trump “to provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and antisemitism.” The Rabbinical Council of America, a leading organization of Orthodox Jewish rabbis in North America, called the failure to unequivocally reject hatred and racism “a failing of moral leadership.”

Appearing on i24News, Orthodox Union (OU) President Moshe Bane said he was “a bit confused” by Trump’s response to the weekend events in Charlottesville, Virginia. “It seems very inconsistent with his general sensitivities to bias crimes, hatred and terrorism,” Bane noted. “We are assuming – for our purposes – that he really didn’t mean the moral equivalency that he suggested because if he did, that would be totally unacceptable and abhorrent to us.”

Rabbi Avi Shafran, a spokesperson for Agudath Israel, tells us… “While, as the president said, there were violent individuals in both camps, there is obviously no comparison between a group of people who gather to espouse a philosophy of hatred and exclusion and a group that gathered to oppose that odious message. Had the president ended his addressing of the Charlottesville issue with his second set of remarks, it would have been a much clearer message than the one he left us with on Tuesday night. I don’t think he is either a racist or an anti-Semite, but it’s important to not give comfort, intentionally or inadvertently, to such lowly elements of society.” [JewishInsiderWashPost]

POLLING: “Nearly two-thirds of Americans consider the attack that led to loss of life in Charlottesville an act of “domestic terrorism,” a view that spans partisan lines. But President Trump’s response to Charlottesville finds more division. He gets majority disapproval overall for his response to the events, while 67% of Republicans approve.” [CBSNews]

WHERE’S JAVANKA? — “Trump helicopter seen landing at Twin Farms in Barnard” by Anne Galloway: “The 1989 Sikorsky S-76B was sighted on Monday by neighbors in the small Windsor County town as it hovered over Twin Farms. The Trump helicopter was captured in a cellphone photograph and posted on Instagram on Monday. The blurry image is identical to a photograph of the aircraft at the West Lebanon, New Hampshire, airport that appeared in the Valley News the same day… The timing coincides with reports that the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner were visiting Vermont… An employee who answered the phone at Twin Farms said no one by the name of Trump or Kushner was staying at the resort. “I wouldn’t be able to tell you anyway,” he said.” [VTDigger] • Ivanka Trump silent after her father causes outrage at press conference [CNN

INSIDE THE ADMIN: “Trump Comments on Race Open Breach with C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.” by Michael Shear, Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman: “Most incensed among Mr. Trump’s top advisers… was Gary D. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, who told people around him that he was offended, as a Jew and as an American, by the president’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville. The relationship between the president and Mr. Cohn, who stood next to Mr. Trump during the news conference, seems to have suffered a serious blow. Although White House aides denied that he was planning to quit, they acknowledged that Mr. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, was upset with the president’s lack of discipline… Steven Mnuchin, the secretary of the Treasury, who is also Jewish, stood silently behind Mr. Trump… Mr. Mnuchin has not said anything publicly about the president’s remarks… Michael D. Cohen, the president’s longtime personal lawyer, who is Jewish, defended Mr. Trump in response to a reporter’s question on Wednesday.” [NYTimes

“Trump Aides Agonize Over Future in White House Reeling on Race” by Saleha Mohsin, Justin Sink and Margaret Talev: “As Treasury Department aides filtered in for a routine meeting on Wednesday, there was one main issue to be discussed: Secretary Steven Mnuchin does not stand with Donald Trump on the topic of neo-Nazis.” [Bloomberg]

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin at a press briefing yesterday in Bedminster, NJ: “It is a dishonor to our country’s veterans to allow the Nazis and the white supremacists to go unchallenged. And I am strongly against them, and I believe that we have to all speak up as Americans… I think the president has done a good job of speaking for himself. He’s made clear his comments. He’s denounced bigotry, hatred, violence, Nazis, white supremacists, and I think that he can speak for himself.” [Video]

“White House aides wrestle with Trump’s race comments” by Josh Dawsey: “Trump… was in “good spirits” on Tuesday night, according to a White House adviser who spoke to him. The adviser said the president felt the news conference went much better than his statement on Monday… Chief strategist Steve Bannon… was thrilled with the remarks, according to a friend of Bannon… In an attempt to shore up support for Trump, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was planning to hold a call with surrogates later on Wednesday.” [PoliticoAxios]

“Steve Bannon, Unrepentant” by Robert Kuttner: “Bannon was in high spirits… and minced no words describing his efforts to neutralize his rivals at the Departments of Defense, State, and Treasury… “That’s a fight I fight every day here,” he said. “We’re still fighting. There’s Treasury and [National Economic Council chair] Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying.” … He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: “Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element… These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added… “The Democrats,” he said, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”” [AmericanProspect] • Steve Bannon thought he wasn’t giving an interview [Axios]

Trump chimes in: “The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is. They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!” [Twitter

VIEW FROM JERUSALEM — Rivlin urges US Jews to ‘be strong’ after deadly Charlottesville rally: “At this difficult time I want to express my support and solidarity, and that of all the Israeli people, with you and your communities,” the president (Reuven Rivlin) [said] in a letter to Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “The very idea that in our time we would see a Nazi flag — perhaps the most vicious symbol of anti-Semitism — paraded in the streets of the world’s greatest democracy, and Israel’s most cherished and greatest ally is almost beyond belief.” [ToI]

“Netanyahu criticized for response to Charlottesville” by Ilan Ben Zion: “A growing chorus of opposition politicians, commentators and even coalition partners has urged Netanyahu to take a stronger stance, even at the risk of antagonizing the president… But Netanyahu’s reluctance to speak out on such an important issue has set him apart from the growing ranks of Israeli leaders who have been outspoken in their anger, and risks alienating Jewish American leaders already estranged by certain Israeli policies.” [AP]

KAFE KNESSET — Alternative Realities — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: The front pages of the two biggest Israeli newspapers – Noni Mozes’s Yediot Aharonot and Sheldon Adelson’s Israel Hayom, are many times mirror images of each other. The two newspapers present two alternative depictions of the same reality with the structure reversed as in a mirror. Typically, this comes into focus on things that have to do with Bibi, as Yedioth tends to present a more critical account of the PM, and Israel Hayom is usually much more supportive.

This morning, however, the striking differences between the two popular newspapers had to do with President Trump, and the ongoing criticism of his reaction to the Charlottesville demonstrations. “Shame” read the headline of Yediot, which spread a photo of the president on the whole front page accompanied by two editorials headlined “Horror show,” and “Who is maintaining silence,” which criticized Netanyahu for not denouncing the President. At the same time, on the front page of Israel Hayom there was no mention of the US drama and the backlash that the President’s “both sides” comments have elicited this week. Instead Israel Israel Hayom’s report about POTUS was placed modestly on page 24, as a side column accompanying news of Hope Hick’s appointment as the new White House communications manager.

Following a raucous Twitter uproar, Israel Hayom’s editor, Boaz Bismuth went on Army Radio to explain and said “it is unfair that papers are making up stories about Trump, and it is not right and unjust that Israeli papers are turning this friend into an enemy.” Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here[JewishInsider]

ON THE HILL — Democratic House Members Pramila Jayapal (WA), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ), and Jerrold Nadler (NY) introduced a censure resolution yesterday against President Donald Trump for “his failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism.”

“Donald Trump’s attempt to create a moral equivalency between white supremacist, KKK, neo-Nazi groups and those counter-protesting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally is morally repugnant and completely unacceptable,” Nadler told JI’s Aaron Magid. “Congressional leaders from both sides of the political aisle have decried the President for failing to provide adequate condemnation, and with President Trump’s re-assertion that “both sides” were to blame, Congress must publicly censure and condemn the President for his conduct.”

“Charlottesville and the Gasps of Weak Fascism” by Eli Lake: “So far, though, there is little evidence to show Trump’s tolerance for these thugs has made white supremacism any more tolerable in our politics… It’s frightening to see these reptiles crawl out from under their rocks and march. But we should never lose sight of how much ground they have lost… The Tiki-torch bearing bigots who marched with swastikas and rebel flags are indeed fascists. But they are weak fascists. Much like Hamas in Gaza or the Islamic Courts Union in Somalia, if the white supremacists had real political power, they would use it to eliminate their rivals. But they don’t.” [BloombergView

DRIVING THE DAY: A senior Israeli security delegation – led by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen – will meet with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell, and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt in Washington, DC.

SCENE YESTERDAY: Jason Greenblatt welcomed 12 students from Gaza who are participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program to the White House. Greenblatt thanked the Israeli government for helping him get travel permits for these students. [Pic

“PA officials expect Kushner to present confidence-building measures” by Daniel Siryoti: “Officials in the Trump administration have hinted that… Jared Kushner, will provide Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with certain guarantees or pledges when he visits the region later this month, a senior Palestinian official close to Abbas told Israel Hayom… Some Palestinian officials assume they include confidence-building measures.”[IsraleHayom]

TOP TALKER — ZOA’s Klein Vows Not to Stop Campaign Against McMaster — by Jacob Kornbluh: Klein, who is on a speaking tour in Europe, insisted in a phone conversation yesterday that he did not consult with Adelson before launching his aggressive campaign against McMaster and that “Sheldon never said he endorsed McMaster. He’s made it clear that he does not take a position about McMaster. Sheldon simply said that he did not ask ZOA to do a campaign against him, that this had nothing to do with him,” said Klein. “He did not ask us to do this campaign. I haven’t even spoken to Sheldon about this. We do many projects without asking our donors.” He also insisted that he did not coordinate his attacks against McMaster with White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

Klein also said that he “knows for a fact that Adelson did not ask that Bannon be fired.” Asked if he would stop his campaign against McMaster if Bannon called him to do so, Klein said he would only oblige if he’s provided with “new information that showed that he is a friend of Israel and wants to fight Iran.” [JewishInsider] • Right-Wing War Against McMaster Spills Over Into Israel [FP

“As Leak Probes Abound, Tillerson Promotes Diplomat Who Passed Classified Info To AIPAC” by John Hudson: “David Satterfield, a long time Middle East hand with extensive experience in the region, has been named Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, a State Department official told BuzzFeed News. In 2005, federal prosecutors said Satterfield provided classified national security secrets to a top lobbyist for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee… Advocates of Satterfield note that he was never charged in the incident and that interacting with AIPAC officials was a normal part of being a diplomat given the lobby’s outsize influence in shaping US policy…. “I wouldn’t describe him as an ardent Israel booster but I’d say he certainly believes it’s in American national interest to be a friend with Israel,” [Steven] Rosen told BuzzFeed News in an interview.” [BuzzFeed]

REPORT: “Iran building long-range rocket factory in Syria: Israeli TV” by Ori Lewis: “An Israeli television report said on Tuesday that Iran is building a facility in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets… The Channel 2 television news report showed images it said were taken by an Israeli satellite showing a site in northwest Syria near the Mediterranean coastal town of Baniyas, saying some of the construction indicated explosives would be stored there.” [Reuters]

SPOTLIGHT: “Rahm Emanuel rehabs his national profile” by Natasha Korecki and Kristen East: “18 months after fighting off resignation calls and protests in the streets, the Chicago mayor has rediscovered his national voice… He’s on CNN. He’s on The New York Times’ op-ed pages. He’s dispensing advice to top House Democrats on national campaign strategy. He’s jetting off to Milan and London to forge mayoral alliances while brashly picking fights with New York. The biggest headlines have come from Emanuel’s decision to become the first big-city mayor to legally challenge Trump’s immigration policies… And on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fueled the feud by repeatedly calling out Emanuel during a 30-minute speech in Miami on sanctuary cities… Emanuel shot back… “In a week in which the Trump administration is being forced to answer questions about neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK, they could not have picked a worse time to resume their attack on the immigrants who see America as a beacon of hope,” Emanuel said.” [Politico]

2020 WATCH: “LA Mayor Garcetti headed to NH to campaign for Joyce Craig in Manchester” by John DiStaso and Adam Sexton:“Amid speculation that he may run for president in 2020, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will visit New Hampshire on Aug. 28 to help Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig… In July 2016, he received national exposure by speaking at the Democratic National Convention. At the convention, Garcetti introduced himself by saying, “I am just your average Mexican-American, Jewish-Italian.” … A Twitter group has set up an account hoping to draft Garcetti to run for president. But he has said that he is not currently focused on a presidential candidacy.” [WMURLATimes]  

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BUSINESS BRIEF: “Goldman Sachs Banker Claims Race Discrimination in Lawsuit” by Chris Dolmetsch and Jordyn Holman: “Rebecca Allen, a 32-year-old wealth manager at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., sued the bank and one of its managers, claiming she was discriminated against because she is black and Jewish.” [Bloomberg]

“Mark Cuban Wants to Buy Back Broadcast.com Name for New Chat Venture” by Kevin McLaughlin: “Cuban wants to build a Twitter-like conversational platform for people to use cryptocurrency tokens to pay to talk with public figures and other influential people. For example, a person could ask Mr. Cuban for his view on President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville this weekend, “pay” for his attention, and then engage him in a one-on-one conversation, said the person.”[TheInformation(behind a paywall)

“The Void CEO: Star Wars can make VR accessible” by Dean Takahashi: “I interviewed [Cliff] Plumer… as he was finishing up a visit to Israel for the Beyond Reality event, which took VR leaders on a tour of Israel’s VR and augmented reality research centers… Plumer: “One, I’ve always been interested in visiting Israel. I’ve seen a lot of amazing technology come out of this country. It was an opportunity to come over here and meet some people, meet some companies, and just see the country and the culture. It was hard to pass up. It worked out well. I haven’t been disappointed.” There’s a lot of AR and VR technology in development in Israel. Plumer: “It’s impressive. I hadn’t known the depth of the support that the tech community gets here, both privately and from the government.”” [VentureBeat]

MEDIA WATCH: Cloudflare CEO on Terminating Service to Neo-Nazi Site — by Kate Conger: “This was my decision. This is not Cloudflare’s general policy now, going forward,” Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince told Gizmodo… “I realized there was no way we were going to have that conversation with people calling us Nazis,” Prince said. “The Daily Stormer site was bragging on their bulletin boards about how Cloudflare was one of them and that is the opposite of everything we believe. That was the tipping point for me.” [Gizmodo]

“Apple Pay Is Cutting Off White Supremacists” by Ryan Mac and Blake Montgomery: “Uber, Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp, and WordPress have all taken varying levels of action against white supremacists on their platforms in the wake of Charlottesville. Airbnb banned people tied to white supremacist groups who attempted to use its site to book lodging for the rally last week… Apple removed Apple Pay capabilities from little-known sites… Discover said in a statement to BuzzFeed News, “In light of recent events, we are terminating merchant agreements with hate groups, given the violence incited by their extremist views.”” [BuzzFeed]

“Charlottesville White Supremacists Missed the Jewish Connection to Their Polos” by Chavie Lieber: “Jewish immigrants in the United States often entered the garment trade, and in the late 1800s, Jewish designers in New England began perpetuating the preppy style, as the aesthetic had become sought-after… Following World War II, when the production of French fashion houses like Chanel and Dior was halted, American designers began rising to prominence. By the mid-1960s, Jewish-Americans like Hannah Golofski of Anne Klein and Ralph Lauren were building powerful empires predicated on the preppy look. They helped prep trickle down from the wealthy elites to mainstream consumers… That the polo shirt has become the uniform of white supremacy is jarring not only because it gives this group a look of polished normalcy, but also because the preppy aesthetic is tied up in the complicated history of what it means to be Jewish in America.” [Racked]

“The ‘last Jewish gangster’ speaks about his 60 years in the mob” by Michael Levin: “His name is Myron Sugerman, and he is the last Jewish gangster from the era of the world of his fathers, from Meyer to Myron… He’s written a memoir titled “The Chronicles of the Last Jewish Gangster from Meyer to Myron.” The book tells the story of a man who grew up at the feet of some of the most famous Jewish, Italian and Irish gangsters, and understood the traditions of that world… Sugerman today is in big demand by synagogues and Jewish federations throughout the United States. He speaks on the history of the Jewish Mob (with help from Italians and Irish) and their remarkable contributions for the betterment of the welfare of the Jewish people both here in the United States during the 1930s — fighting anti-Semitism and the American Nazi Party, and in the 1940s after WWII securing illegal weapons and providing cash for both the Haganah and the Irgun in Palestine, pre-state Israel in the struggle for Jewish statehood.” [NYDailyNews]

“After the Hobby Lobby scandal, a spotlight on antiquities sales in Israel” by Religion News Service: “Israel is the only country in the Middle East that permits state-licensed antiquities dealers to sell ancient artifacts. This, critics say, encourages unscrupulous people around the region to loot and smuggle valuable items via licensed Israeli dealers… Amir Ganor, head of the Antiquities Authority’s looting prevention division, believes the recently tightened Antiquities Law is having a significant effect on illegal sales. “In 2000 there were 120 licensed dealers; today there are only 37,” Ganor said, pointing to Antique-Net, a new system through which they must list and upload photographs of every item in their inventory. Only after the Antiquities Authority approves a sale will it be transferred to the buyer’s inventory list.”[USAToday]

“Go Netanyahu, Go – For Your Sake and Israel’s” by Gil Troy: “Clearly, [Bill] Clinton’s strategy – and now Trump’s – shaped Netanyahu’s performance last week, rousing Likud partisans. From Netanyahu’s perspective, these tactics worked for others, they should work for him, too… But here’s the key: Clinton survived but his scandal hurt America. Trump won but he sullied democracy. Netanyahu may now subject Israel to months of political paralysis, leaving years of increased cynicism as his legacy. If he is innocent, it’s a valuable battle to fight. But Netanyahu knows if he is guilty or innocent. And if he is guilty, this man who has repeatedly warned the world about the threats Israel faces must avoid threatening his country’s democratic legitimacy and national security.” [HuffPost

TALK OF THE TOWN: “Queens Museum accepts deal after backlash from UN ambassador” by Yoav Gonen: “Facing an uproar over its decision to renege on a deal to rent out the city-owned Queens Museum building for a celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the institution on Wednesday said it will allow the event to proceed. Danny Danon, Israel’s UN ambassador, said the Israeli Mission had reached a deal with the museum in June for the Nov. 29 event and all was fine until it became public… On Monday, museum Director Laura Raicovich had notified the Israelis that she was yanking the deal because the museum board didn’t want to host a “political event,” Danon said.” [NYPost]

TRANSITION: Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro, former United States Ambassador to Israel, will join Columbia/Barnard Hillel, the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, as a visiting scholar in residence for the 2017-18 academic year. Shapiro will spend time on campus in the fall and spring semesters and will meet with groups of students who visit Israel over winter and spring break. [BarnardHillel]

BIRTHDAYS: Co-founder of Oracle Corporation, he was its CEO from its founding until September 2014 and was recently listed by Forbes as the fifth-wealthiest person in the US with a fortune of $60.6 billion, Larry Ellison turns 73… Former CEO and current Chairman of J.Crew Group, he was previously the CEO of Gap Inc. and a director at Apple Inc. (1999 to 2015), Millard “Mickey” S. Drexler turns 73… US Senator from Minnesota from 2003 until 2009, losing his 2008 reelection bid to Al Franken by 312 votes (out of over 3 million cast), Norm Coleman (family name was originally Goldman) turns 68… Chairman, president and CEO of Continental Airlines at the time of its merger into United Airlines in 2010, he then held those same three roles at United until 2015, Jeffery Alan “Jeff” Smisek turns 63… Founder and managing partner of SBNY, a first and second stage venture capital firm, he is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, Jordan Levy turns 62… Communications coordinator at Temple Beth El in Longmeadow, Massachusetts since 2013, Deborah Peskin turns 56… Member of Knesset since 2015 for the Zionist Union party, prior to her Knesset service she was a leading Israeli criminal defense attorney, Revital Swid turns 50… Israeli journalist who serves as the Arab affairs correspondent and head of the Arab desk at Israeli News Channel 10, he also anchors a program on Channel 20 related to Judaism and spirituality, Zvi Yehezkeli turns 47… Program coordinator in AIPAC’s NYC office, Amanda Horwitz turns 25… Deputy regional political director at AIPAC for the Southern Pacific region, Aaron Taxy… Sonya Culler… Eli Diamond… Gabriel Berger… John Kohan

BIRTHWEEK: CEO of digital marketing agency 360i (an award-winning agency with offices in NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Tokyo and São Paulo), Sarah Hofstetter turns 43…

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