Daily Kickoff: Pope’s complicated Middle East visit; Rep. Bishop Attacked For ‘Bar Mitzvah Scandal’; Most Expensive (Jewish) Divorce Ever; #BDSfails

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Happening Today: 2016 Watch – The Republican Jewish Coalition has lunch with Governor Jeb Bush at Jungle Island in Miami.

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Daily Kickoff: Tough Loss for Margolies; Leno to Israel; JDate Rebranding; Senate Likely To Vote On Stanley Fischer To Central Bank Board Today

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Inside Look: “Conflict bubbles: Inside SodaStream’s factory”: In March of 2012, members of the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn voted against boycotting Israeli goods. The vote had been…

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Daily Kickoff: Menendez Pulls Pro-Israel Bill; Primaries Today; Supreme Court Corrects Kagan’s History of American Jews; Macklemore’s Costume

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First Look – Robin Wright in New Yorker Magazine: Profile of ‘The Adversary’ – “Is Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Javad Zarif, for real?”: “On September 4th of last year, shortly after…

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Daily Kickoff: Gov. Christie at Jewish Values Gala; Sean ‘Simcha’ Eldridge for Congress; Maccabi Tel Aviv’s ‘Greatest Win Ever’ in Euroleague Final

Monday, May 19, 2014

Scene Last Night: NJ Governor Chris Christie delivered the keynote speech before a crowd of 700 at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in…

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Scene Last Night: Aipac New England, Jewish Values Gala, AFL Gala, Sen. Kirk at Norpac

Monday, May 19, 2014

Over 1,000 people were in attendance for AIPAC’s New England Leadership Dinner at the Seaport World Trade Center. Politicians in attendance included Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Ed…

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Daily Kickoff: Germany nixes subsidy to Israel, Is Obama to blame?; Soros invests heavily in Israeli companies; Avi Rosenblum on football in Israel

Friday, May 16, 2014

Scene Last Night: The Becket Fund honored Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks at its Canterbury Medal dinner for defending religious freedom. Some highlights from Rabbi Sacks’s speech – “Every persons faith is…

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Scene Last Night: Mass. Gov. Patrick presented with Rabin Award at AFYRC Dinner

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center (AFYRC) honored Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick last night with the 2014 Yitzhak Rabin Leadership and Public Service Award. The…

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Daily Kickoff: Jill Abramson out at NYTimes; Hagel in Israel; Jewish Student Parker Mantell’s Inspiring Speech; JCPA Tent Flap

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Top Talker: New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was abruptly fired from the paper Wednesday afternoon. Abramson, the first woman but not the first Jew to hold the top editorial position…

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Daily Kickoff: Global Anti-Semitism; Israel bars Russian Ship from Haifa Port; Rand Paul’s Jewish Outreach

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2016 Watch: Republican Jews warming up to Rand Paul: Kentucky senator and likely candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Rand Paul, is stepping up his Jewish outreach. In recent weeks,…

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Daily Kickoff: Kerry to meet with Abbas; Sterling invokes Jews during his CNN interview; Glenn Greenwald on his ‘Jewish’ upbringing or lack thereof

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Scene Last Night: Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush discussed Putin, Ukraine and other world events at the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies Spirit of Hope dinner in…

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