Daily Kickoff: Sen. Corker tells us no timetable on new Iran sanctions | Pickles and Israeli politics | Israel bans binary options | Scene at FIDF

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DRIVING THE CONVO — Corker says there’s no timetable on new Iran sanctions bill despite Trump’s threat — by JI’s Aaron Magid: “I don’t have any timetable,” Corker told Jewish Insider yesterday regarding tougher sanctions legislation on Iran. “We’ll get it passed when it’s ready.” Corker put much of the responsibility for passing the bill back on the President’s shoulders. “The White House and the State Department have a lot of work to do to bring our European allies along. There is going to be a period of venting, which they are going through right now. Democrats aren’t going to be really interested in coming on if our European allies are in a different place,” he explained.

The effort from Corker and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-TN), co-sponsor of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA), will likely require the backing of 60 Senators to overcome a Democratic filibuster. However, Corker clarified that they are interested in being “flexible” with Democrats to attract greater support. “Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) knows we aren’t trying to stuff him. This isn’t where we are trying to find 60 people. This is something we hope to pass with 80-85 votes, so this is something that we want to ease along with and be an overwhelming vote,” Corker noted. [JewishInsider]

HOT THIS AM: President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. Bob Corker went to war on Tuesday, trading personal insults and name-calling on a number of topics. “When you send out tweets into the region to raise tensions, when you kneecap, which is what he’s done publicly, when you kneecap your secretary of state, whose diplomacy you have to depend upon…you really move our country into a binary choice which could lead to a world war,” Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told NBC’s “TODAY.” [NBC]

–Trump tweets: “Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts….” [Twitter]

–Corker fires back at Trump: ‘Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president’ [TheHill]

Richard Haass: “Potus tirade vs. Sen Corker not just undignified but bad for US nat’l security as works against US speaking/acting consistently in the world”[Twitter

Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) in an interview with Haaretz re Iran sanctions: “I met Republicans who told me: ‘The president might try and put this between us and his base and I am not going to let him do that and I will vote to re-impose sanctions.’  I think with the politics of this and the midterm elections Republicans in Congress might think, ‘Am I better off sticking with Trump never mind what the worldwide dangers might be?’ We will try and change that calculation the same way we tried to do it on the Iran deal.” said.” [Haaretz]

HEARD YESTERDAY — Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at the Hudson Institute forum in DC re Iran deal: “Congress is having a hard time sometimes finding its way to the bathroom… I think it is far better for the administration, for the president to deal with these issues. I think now Congress should hopefully a develop a way to increase the enforcement of that agreement and tie sanctions to the enforcement of it.”

Panetta likened Trump’s move on the Iran deal with Obama’s Syria red line: “When those chemical attacks did take place… the failure to actually take action at that point sent a message that we would not stand by our word on the red line. I think that had an impact in terms of credibility of the United States and the world. I think the same thing’s happening now with the failure to abide by our word on the nuclear agreement.” [Video]

“Bannon Backs Isolation of Qatar, Comparing Threat to North Korea” by Jennifer Jacobs: “I think the single most important thing that’s happening in the world is the situation in Qatar,” Bannon said (at the Hudson Institute conference). “What’s happening in Qatar is every bit as important as what’s happening in North Korea.” .. Bannon called Trump’s speech (in Saudi Arabia) a milestone in U.S. policy toward the Mideast. “I don’t think it was just by happenstance that two weeks after the summit that we saw the blockade by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and Egypt and the king of Saudi Arabia on Qatar.” [Bloomberg]

“Stephen Bannon Haunts Tillerson From Beyond The White House” by John Hudson: “The Saudis and their allies believe that they have the inside track to the White House through Kushner and Bannon and they can ignore the State Department on issues like Qatar and Yemen,” said Bruce Riedel, a Brookings Institution scholar and former CIA officer. “So far they are right.” [BuzzFeedMcClatchy]

ON THE HILL — Rep. Royce: Taylor Force Act to advance House committee in “few weeks” — by Aaron Magid: Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-CA) announced yesterday at the Hudson Institute conference that legislation to cut off U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) will advance through the committee in the upcoming weeks. Royce stressed the rationale for his support of the Taylor Force Act. Palestinians “are being lured there by the concept of pay to slay, by this inducement, by this financial reward that says the longer the sentence, the more people that are murdered, the greater the stipend.” [JewishInsider]

“Can Netanyahu say ‘no’ to Trump?” by Ben Caspit: “All indications are that the United States has no intention of giving up. There are an increasing number of leaks from Washington about the upcoming peace initiative. They seem to be saying that they will not force anything on either party, but at the same time, they certainly intend to present the parties with the “ultimate deal.” Will this be the first time that President Donald Trump forces Netanyahu’s hand and drags him to the negotiating table?” [Al-Monitor]

KAFE KNESSET — Pickles & Politics — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: Both PM Netanyahu’s speech and President Rivlin’s speech at the Knesset winter session’s opening meeting yesterday made big waves. Netanyahu’s speech was based around a Hebrew pun on the word for “pickles,” which could also mean “sour.” Throughout his speech, he called his opponents in the Knesset and the media, sour pickles and sourpusses. What can we do, the pun only works in Hebrew! “Who won’t admit that Israel is flourishing economically, technologically and diplomatically, and that Israel ranks high on international happiness rankings. It is hard for you sour ones to accept it,” he said. “When sour ones talk, you hear conversations like, ‘Isn’t the situation here horrible and terrible? Isn’t everything falling apart? By the way, did you order tickets to London or Berlin?’ They are sour, and they fly away,” Netanyahu quipped. Of course, he thanked Trump in his speech, as well.

Then, playing on the whole sour pickles theme, Netanyahu tweeted a photo of himself with an enormous can of pickles (in brine, the superior choice, not vinegar) and a huge grin, with the caption “We have a wonderful nation that loves pickles, but is not sour,” and a cucumber emoji. Likud MKs tweeted pictures of themselves enjoying pickles with the Prime Minister.

President Rivlin took the opportunity to address what he said was the politicization of everything: “A reality is growing in which everything is political. The media is political, democratic institutions are political – all of them, from the civil service to the state comptroller – the Supreme Court is political, security forces are political, even our IDF is political.” Rivlin warned that this attitude towards democratic institutions is weakening them. The opposition cheered for Rivlin, while the coalition was stony-faced. After the speeches ended, Likud MKs put out statements slamming Rivlin. This morning, Culture Minister Miri Regev said on Army Radio that Rivlin is the least statesmanlike president in Israel’s history. Asked about former president Moshe Katsav, who was convicted of rape, Regev said the question was unfair and that Katsav paid his debt to society. It appears that in Regev’s estimation, criticizing the Likud is worse than rape. Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here[JewishInsider]

Despite all the talk about defunding the United Nations, Trump proclaims October 24 as United Nations Day: “We remain hopeful that the United Nations can achieve its goals of maintaining international peace and security and developing friendly relations among nations,” Trump’s statement reads. “Although a great deal of work remains to be done for the United Nations to realize its full potential, we reaffirm our commitment to its goals in order to build a better tomorrow for future generations.”

AT 12PM TODAY: Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner of Temple Emanu-El in Closter, NJ will deliver the opening prayer at the start of the House of Representatives’ legislative business. [CSPAN

–Fun fact courtesy of Howard Mortman: This will the 9th time in 2017 that a rabbi has opened Congress in prayer (will be eight times in House, once in Senate). It’s the highest number of guest chaplain rabbis in one calendar year so far since 2003, when there were 14 in Congress (10 in Senate, 4 in House).

JARED INSIDER: “’It’s our secret talent’: Giggling Ivanka Trump reveals she and Jared love playing matchmaker for friends” by Emily Crane: “During an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday night, the First Daughter opened up about their hidden skill, saying the couple had successfully set up seven marriages. ‘This is Jared and my secret talent – people don’t realize it’s our hidden skill, we’re matchmakers,’ Ivanka said. ‘Seven marriages, zero divorces. Hopefully, God-willing that continues.’” [DailyMail]

STATE-SIDE: Maryland governor signs anti-BDs Executive Order — by Erin Cox: “[Gov. Larry] Hogan, surrounded by local and national Jewish leaders, said… all future state contracts would require companies to certify they will not economically discriminate against Israel, and that if any current state contractors refuse to agree, “they would be terminated. There is no place in our state for boycotts and threats,” Hogan said.” [BaltimoreSunNBC]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Israel bans binary options industry, finally closing vast, 10-year fraud [ToI] • Mike Bloomberg to open £1bn City of London headquarters [FT] • Lord & Taylor Building, Icon of New York Retail, to Become WeWork Headquarters [NYTimes] • Hedge fund Baupost snaps up claims against Toshiba [Reuters] • Berkeley DeepDrive Releases 36,000 Nexar Videos to Research Community [NewsWire]

STARTUP NATION: “Automated video creation startup Wibbitz raises $20M” by Anthony Ha: “Wibbitz, which uses artificial intelligence to create short videos based on text news stories, has raised $20 million in Series C funding. The money comes from some of big names in the media world, with Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann) leading the round and participation from The Weather Channel, The Associated Press and TF1. Co-founder and CEO Zohar Dayan described the round as “a huge testament to what we’re doing and the value our technology brings to these companies.” [TechCrunch]

MEDIA WATCH: “Journalism’s Broken Business Model Won’t Be Solved by Billionaires” by William D. Cohan: “The story of Alice Rogoff and the Alaska Dispatch News is a cautionary tale that shows the limits of what a wealthy owner is willing, or able, to do for a struggling newspaper in the digital era… According to the bankruptcy filing, the paper was losing an average of a hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars per week and owed its venders some $2.5 million. She still owes Northrim Bank around $10.2 million, the security for which is the regular payments that she receives as part of a “marital settlement agreement” with her husband (David Rubenstein), as well as her Wells Fargo investment accounts and the remaining assets of the paper.”[NewYorker]

“The Jared bubble: What my 18 months as Jared Kushner’s first editor taught me about the Trump family and the press” by Kyle Pope: ““You can’t say ‘hit job’ in here.” I was six months into my tenure as the editor of the New York Observer, and I was schooling my publisher, Jared Kushner, on why ordering up a slam of someone who had crossed his family in business didn’t pass the journalistic smell test. Kushner, in an earlier meeting, had asked for a hit piece on an official at Bank of America, and was now in my office to check on how the story was coming together. I had spent the previous weeks trying to avoid the subject with him, knowing full well that the Observer was never going to pursue a story about an anonymous banker whose only sin was running afoul of the Kushner family.” [CJR]

“Turning Tables in Magnitsky Case, Russia Accuses a Nemesis of Murder” by Andrew Kramer: “The prosecutors say that [WIlliam] Browder was assigned the code name Agent Solomon by Western intelligence, while Mr. Navalny was called Agent Freedom. Referring to Agent Solomon, one filing recounts how he “was offered by proxies in the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service to arrange the termination of any medical services for [Sergei] Magnitsky.”” [NYTimes]

–Browder tweets: “GREAT NEWS! My ESTA (US visa waiver) was restored. I successfully checked into a US flight. Now we need to fix bogus Interpol arrest warrant” [Twitter]

“A Trump administration official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss an individual visa case, said it appeared that the initial action blocking Mr. Browder had been taken automatically in response to an Interpol notice filed against him by Russia and was not an affirmative action by the American government.” [NYT]

SCENE LAST NIGHT IN NYC — by Jacob Kornbluh: The Friends of IDF (FIDF) annual gala, at the Hilton Midtown, highlighted a special “Night of Heroes” saluting the brave soldiers and veterans from Israel’s military operations and historic wars. The gala raised at least $35 million, which included a $7 million pledge from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. Speakers included outgoing Israeli Air Force (IAF) chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, legendary IAF test pilot Danny Shapira, and Amir Ofer. from Operation Entebbe.

SPOTTED: Amb. Danny Danon, Israeli Consul General Dani Dayan, Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson [Pic], FIDF’s Arthur Stark, Rabbi Peter Weintraub, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, and Galit Brichta; Marc Perlman, Or Lachayal, Malcolm Hoenlein, Ken Abramowitz, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Thane Rosenbaum, Oren Alexander, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Bronia Brandman, and PuderPR’s Joe Berkofsky.

HAPPENING TONIGHT IN SF: At 7PM, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco welcomes back Walter Isaacson for a fresh look at Leonardo da Vinci. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his unconventional life, Isaacson tells the story of how Leonardo’s wide-ranging passions – from anatomy and birds to flying machines and weaponry – combined with his ability to stand at the crossroads of art and science, makes him history’s most creative genius. [JCCSF]

BIRTHDAYS: Russian-born businessman and owner of the Premier League’s Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich turns 51… Writer and adjunct instructor at Queensborough Community College, Ira Greenfest turns 74… Stock market analyst who has published books and appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, Charles Biderman turns 71… Retired Department of Defense chief of staff, Judy Kopff turns 71 (h/t Playbook)… Financial planner and president of Laredo, Texas-based International Asset Management, Inc., Joseph Rothstein turns 65… Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from Southern California since 1997, Brad Sherman turns 63… Executive editor of The Washington Post since 2013, he was previously the executive editor of The Boston Globe (2001-2012), Martin “Marty” Baron turns 63… Chattanooga-based billionaire and CEO of Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum turns 63… Program director at the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Alan Divack turns 61… Co-founder and CEO (1990-2001) of Sirius Satellite Radio (now Sirius XM Radio), he made aliyah in 2002, David Margolese turns 60… Producer of CBS’s 60 Minutes since 2007 after 25 years at CNN, Henry Schuster turns 60…

Born in Kiev, he is a supporter of Jewish initiatives in Russia and elsewhere in Europe, an active member of the Russian Jewish Congress and a co-founder of the Genesis Prize, German Khan turns 56… Political communications consultant, she was formerly communications director and deputy chief of staff for Senator Patty Murray, Tovah Ravitz Meehan turns 48 (h/t Playbook)… Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born to a Jewish mother in Toronto, Aubrey Drake Graham now known as Drake turns 31… Assistant executive director at the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park, Yitzy Weinberg turns 31… The Orthodox Union’s associate director of synagogue services and regional director for synagogues (Long Island and Queens), Yehuda Friedman… Former White House spokesman and communications director at the US Department of Education, Matt Lehrich (h/t Playbook)..

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Daily Kickoff: Saudi Prince walks into a synagogue… to speak | New Yorker profiles the Sackler dynasty | WeWork acquires Flombaum’s Flatiron School

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TOP TALKER: “Russia Puts Browder on Interpol Wanted List, Blocking Travel” by Stephanie Baker: “Hermitage Capital Management founder William Browder said Russia put him on Interpol’s wanted list last week, its latest move to undermine the American-born fund manager’s global campaign against Russia over the death of his legal and tax adviser Sergei Magnitsky. Browder, a British citizen since giving up his U.S. citizenship in 1998, said he’d received an email from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security notifying him his “global entry status” had been removed. He also found out his visa waiver for the U.S. had been revoked after Russia added him to the Interpol list using a loophole known as a “diffusion notice,” which allows countries to issue arrest warrants unilaterally without vetting from the organization.” [BloombergNationalReview]

REPORT — Trump peace proposal will seek regional deal — by Raphael Ahren: “Trump’s administration will shortly unveil a formal proposal for Middle East peace that aims to enable a “comprehensive regional arrangement,” but that will not be imposed on the sides, and that will not feature a rigid timetable, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported… The TV report said administration officials have revealed aspects of the proposal to Democratic politicians. An unnamed Democratic source was quoted saying that the Trump officials promised the Democrats that they would be “pleased” with the approach…”

“An administration official said… “It would be more newsworthy if we weren’t working towards an enduring peace. We are engaged in a productive dialogue with all relevant parties about an enduring peace deal but are not going to put an artificial deadline on anything. We have no imminent plans beyond continuing our conversations. As we have always said, our job is to facilitate a deal that works for both the Israelis and Palestinians, not to impose anything on them.”” [ToI]

“U.S. Sees Possible Opportunity in Palestinian Reconciliation Led by Egypt, White House Official Says” by Barak Ravid: “Senior White House officials said the United States believes that Egyptian mediation between the Palestinian factions has created a possibly positive opportunity… On Thursday, the Trump administration’s special envoy on the peace process, Jason Greenblatt, was in Cairo for several hours… Greenblatt returned to Jerusalem, where on Sunday he is due to continue talks with Israel and the Palestinians… Greenblatt has been in regular contact over the past several days with presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner and has briefed Kushner on his contacts with the Egyptians, the Israelis and the Palestinians. Kushner himself also spoke with several officials in the region about the reconciliation agreement.” [Haaretz]

Greenblatt tweets this morning: “Hamas, which has only brought ruin and misery to Palestinians, now begs Iran for help and again vows to destroy Israel. Palestinians deserve so much better than this. We must find a better path forward toward peace and prosperity.” [Twitter]

“Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting” by Maureen Dowd: “He also said he liked Trump’s initiative reaching out to Saudi Arabia. He doesn’t know Jared Kushner but is not totally dismissive of the idea that the son-in-law could succeed where others have failed. “I’ve seen in the Arab world, including the Palestinian world,” he said, “the high esteem that they pay to a member of one’s own family.” Indeed, Carter was harder on Obama during the interview than he was on Trump… Saying that he did not think “there’s much hope now that Israelis will ever permit a two-state solution,” he knocked Obama on the Middle East: “He made some very wonderful statements, in my opinion, when he first got in office, and then he reneged on that.”” [NYTimes]

IRAN DEAL: “Tillerson Warns Against Doing Business With Iran’s Revolutionary Guards” by Nick Wadhams: “The Revolutionary Guards “foment instability in the region and create destruction in the region,” Tillerson told reporters in Riyadh on Sunday after talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other top officials. European countries and companies that do business with the IRGC “really do so at great risk,” he said.” [Bloomberg] • Tillerson’s Mideast Aim Is a Saudi-Iraqi Axis Against Iran [NYT]

HEARD YESTERDAY — Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal at the Middle East Policy Forum in New York, hosted by the Israel Policy Forum and held at The Temple Emanu-El Striecker Center: “If you want to put pressure on Iran, you have to do whatever it means to do that and decertification is one way of putting in that pressure to make them live up not just to the letter of the deal, but the spirit. The signers of the deal when they signed it portrayed the holy picture that it was going to turn into a very friendly and open and hospitable place to do business with, but that hasn’t happened.” Pointing to Iran’s influence in the Middle East, Al-Faisal asserted, “The basic failure of the deal was to deal with [the] Iranian extraterritorial ambitions.”

Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy argued that Israel preferred the nuclear deal negotiated in 2015: “Israel is indestructible. We are able to, if necessary, protect ourselves and emerge intact. I have huge faith in our military establishment, our defense establishment, and our intelligence establishment. We are less indestructible than we ever were. Having said that, the Iran deal was not an ideal deal. But this was because Israel did not wish the negotiations to include all the items on the agenda… Israel wanted the U.S. to focus on the nuclear issue and nothing else. We didn’t want to delay the deal, we wanted it to come as quickly as possible and be as effective as possible.”

Al-Faisal at the start of the event: “I want to thank the IPF for giving me this opportunity to come for the first time to a synagogue. That is an occasion that I will value, and hopefully, it will not be the last.” [Video]

HAPPENING TODAY — at 12:15Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus, and Steve Bannon will speak at the Hudson Institute’s conference on Countering Violent Extremism: Qatar, Iran, and the Muslim Brotherhood. The event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in DC. [Livestream]

DRIVING THE WEEK — House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions: “It is Congress’ responsibility to work with the executive branch on a clear-eyed strategy to stop Iran’s reckless behavior,” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy…  and Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a joint statement… “Immediate action towards this goal will come from the House [this] week as we vote on legislation that furthers sanctions on Hezbollah and Iran’s missile proliferation.” [Reuters]

“Talking North Korea and Iran With Israel’s Rocket Man: Yitzhak Ben-Israel thinks Kim’s cyberwarriors are third-rate, U.S. missile defense is good, and the Iran deal is a keeper” by Zev Chafets: “First, it must be remembered that North Korea has nuclear weapons. If the U.S. crosses a red line, the crazy dictator in Pyongyang could use them. Hezbollah and Hamas don’t have nuclear weapons, which is exactly why Israel doesn’t want Iran to have them. As far as conventional short-range artillery, we have solved that technological problem with the Iron Dome… North Korea’s rockets are not different from those of Hamas and Hezbollah. But North Korea has a great many more. If they were to launch a massive simultaneous barrage, you’d need a sufficient number of Iron Dome batteries.” [BloombergView]

INSIDE THE ADMIN: “The most popular parlor game in Washington: Who will replace Tillerson?” by Josh Rogin: “The top two contenders, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, offer different paths for recovery… Haley took a middle-of-the-road approach in deliberations on the new Iran strategy, which ended up winning the day… But the Haley choice is risky for Haley. She already has amassed the foreign policy bona fides required for a future run for president. Her physical distance from the White House has allowed her to avoid internal conflicts and act independently. It’s not clear what she gains politically from moving up to secretary of state… Pompeo would be a secretary of state with deeper ties to Trump and views that align more with those of the White House. He is more hawkish on Iran than Haley is.” [WashPost]

DECISION TIME: “Inside the Fed chair decision” by Jonathan Swan: “Rupert Murdoch, who speaks regularly to Trump by telephone and is one of his most influential informal advisers, has urged the president to appoint either of the two free market conservative finalists, Stanford economist John Taylor or former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh… Trump has also spoken favorably of current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, further muddling the picture… Another source close to the process told me the smart money is still on [Jerome] Powell. Powell’s most aggressive advocate has been Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.” [Axios]

Chris Christie’s Last Fight” by Jason Zengerle: “It’s conventional wisdom among political insiders that Christie’s problem isn’t so much with Trump as it is with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose father Christie sent to prison when Christie was a federal prosecutor. Even on that score, Christie downplays any friction. “There’s a lot of history there, not between me and him but between me and his father,” Christie says, “and Jared has continued to tell me that he holds no grudge against me, so I have to take him at his word.”

— “About Trump’s “both sides” rhetoric after the violence in Charlottesville, Christie told me, “I know he’s not a racist. He just blew it.” When I asked Christie how Trump kept blowing it if he’s not a racist—repeatedly failing to criticize neo-Nazis and white supremacists—he deflected: “Don’t confuse that with stubbornness. The president has a stubborn streak.””[GQ]

“Sen. Sherrod Brown: Steve Bannon ‘Is A White Supremacist’” by Igor Bobic: “I agree that Steve Bannon is a white supremacist, and [senior White House adviser] Stephen Miller seems to be. And I know that studies have shown that they have their allies sprinkled around the White House,” Brown said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” without naming the studies.”” [HuffPost]

THE MOOCH SPEAKS OUT: “Scaramucci to ‘Post’: I have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on Nazis” by Michael Wilner: “The fact that they’re even out there is a sign that something’s wrong,” [Anthony] Scaramucci told The Post… “You’ve got to have a zero tolerance policy on Nazis… I find it absolutely reprehensible and offensive that there are people walking around with swastikas on their arms in the United States,” Scaramucci said… Originally from Long Island, Scaramucci took note of the 200-odd bar mitzvahs he attended while growing up in New York. “I’m as close to being a Jew as you can get while still being Italian,” he joked.” [JPost

NJ GOV WATCH: “Murphy slams ‘anti-Semitic’ rhetoric around Mahwah eruv” by Tom Nobile: “Democratic nominee for governor Phil Murphy chided residents of Mahwah for creating an “overarching perception of anti-Semitism and discrimination” in its rejection of an eruv, he wrote in a pointed op-ed… “When a Holocaust survivor at a public meeting is heckled, and then denounced as a fraud, there is a problem,” Murphy wrote. “When well-intentioned residents are disparaged as ‘paid actors’ for a ‘Jewish money conspiracy scheme’ there is a problem.”” [NorthJersey]

KAFE KNESSET — Welcome back, Knesset — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: After a three-month summer recess, the Knesset has returned to regular work. As always, the afternoon plenum meeting will be full of pomp and circumstance, with speeches by Netanyahu, President Rivlin, and opposition leader Herzog. The situation today, though, is probably best represented by the Israeli idiom “full gas in neutral” – an exercise in futility. There’s a long list of influential and controversial bills on the agenda, dealing with everything from stopping the Supreme Court from canceling bills, banning investigations of a sitting prime minister, returning to evacuated settlements in northern Samaria, and more, but they were all frozen yesterday over coalition infighting. Even planned votes on the Jewish nation-state bill were stopped, because the Haredim are reconsidering their support for it. All in all, today is a lot of talk, and not much action. Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here[JewishInsider]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: WeWork just bought Avi Flombaum’s N.Y.C. coding bootcamp Flatiron School [FastCompanyAxios] • Rebecca Kaden joins Union Square Ventures as general partner [TechCrunch] • Jessica Lessin’s The Information reveals the startups in its first media accelerator and plans hiring spree [TechCrunch

LongRead: “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe: “The Brooklyn-born brothers Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler, all physicians, donated lavishly during their lifetimes to an astounding range of institutions, many of which today bear the family name: the Sackler Gallery, in Washington; the Sackler Museum, at Harvard; the Sackler Center for Arts Education, at the Guggenheim; the Sackler Wing at the Louvre; and Sackler institutes and facilities at Columbia, Oxford, and a dozen other universities… Arthur and his brothers, the children of Jewish immigrants from Galicia and Poland, grew up in Brooklyn during the Depression. All three attended medical school, and worked together at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, in Queens, collectively publishing some hundred and fifty scholarly papers.”

“Over time, the origins of a clan’s largesse are largely forgotten, and we recall only the philanthropic legacy, prompted by the name on the building. According to Forbes, the Sacklers are now one of America’s richest families, with a collective net worth of thirteen billion dollars. The bulk of the Sacklers’ fortune has been accumulated only in recent decades, yet the source of their wealth is to most people as obscure as that of the robber barons. While the Sacklers are interviewed regularly on the subject of their generosity, they almost never speak publicly about the family business, Purdue Pharma—a privately held company, based in Stamford, Connecticut, that developed the prescription painkiller OxyContin. Upon its release, in 1995, OxyContin was hailed as a medical breakthrough, a long-lasting narcotic that could help patients suffering from moderate to severe pain.” [NewYorker]

“Giving Away Billions as Fast as They Can” by David Gelles: “Rather than try to solve discrete problems like disease, Open Society aims to promote values like democracy, tolerance and inclusion, which [George] Soros, a Holocaust survivor, holds dear. In practice, this means that his money is less likely to fund early stage medical research, and more likely to help refugees displaced by conflict. But while the issues they address are distinct, the broad outline of these billionaires’ efforts (Gates, Bloomberg, Mercer, Koch and Zuckerberg) have much in common: shaping the world in their moral image… Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, is also no stranger to criticism. The purpose of his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is to “ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people.” In practice, this has meant Mr. Bloomberg spending hundreds of millions of dollars on issues including gun control and obesity prevention.” [NYTimes]

“How Hitler’s plan to take over LA was thwarted by a Jewish lawyer” by Larry Getlen: “In 1933, the year Hitler became Germany’s chancellor, around 100 Nazis held their first meeting in LA to talk about unifying the area’s 150,000 Germans to promote Hitlerism in the US. [Leon] Lewis knew that decisive action needed to be taken. Having done “secret intelligence work for the military during World War I,” he established a private espionage organization, finding spies who could infiltrate the Nazis and expose their devious plans. Knowing that Semitic-looking men or women would be recognized as such, he sought non-Jews… [John H.] Schmidt was his first undercover operative… [He] began spending time at the Aryan Bookstore in LA’s San Pedro neighborhood. There, he found the prime topics of conversation were how Franklin Roosevelt was a tool of the Jews and how he should be replaced by a president with Nazi sympathies. Had Lewis not taken it upon himself to stop the Nazis, LA in the 1930s could have been a much more frightening place.” [NYPost]

HOLLYWOOD: “‘Transparent’s’ Jeffrey Tambor to Be Honored at Israel Film Festival” by Gregg Kilday: “Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor will be honored with the 2017 IFF Achievement in Television Award at the 31st Israel Film Festival’s opening night gala, which will be held Nov. 5 at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The fest also will present its 2017 IFF Cinematic Achievement Award to Israeli film star Lior Ashkenazi, winner of this year’s Israeli Academy Ophir Award as best actor for his work in Foxtrot… This year’s festival chairman is Adam Berkowitz, CAA co-head of TV. Serving as honorary chairman is Arnon Milchan, owner of New Regency Productions.” [THR]

TALK OF THE TOWN: “The Newseum Is Increasingly Relevant, but Can It Survive?” by Sopan Deb: “The Newseum has run up deficits every year since it opened a grand new home in 2008. Though it attracts a respectable number of visitors (820,000 expected this year) who pay top dollar ($24.95 for adults) in a city filled with free museums, the institution is simply not taking in enough money to cover its bills. It still owes roughly $300 million on its new building, and the interest rates on the loans spiked last year. Its fund-raising has long been sluggish for a museum with a $61 million operating budget. All of which has put the museum’s future in doubt. Jeffrey Herbst, who served as the Newseum’s chief executive officer and president for two years, stepped down from his post at the end of August. “We had different visions of how to address the Newseum’s financial challenges and at the end of the day, decided to separate amicably,” Mr. Herbst said in a phone interview.” [NYTimes]

MAZEL TOV: “Lauren Nicole Coyle and Jeffrey Rosen were married Oct. 20 in Washington. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court officiated in her chambers. Mrs. Rosen, 34, is an assistant professor of anthropology at Princeton… Mr. Rosen, 53, is the president and the chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.” [NYTimesh/t Playbook

SPOTTED at Julia Ioffe’s birthday party Saturday night at Mari Vanna in D.C.: Leon Wieseltier, Robert Draper and Kirsten Powers, Phil Rucker, Jamie Kirchick, Alex Isenstadt, Daniel Lippman, Zeke Miller, Jason Rezaian, Molly Ball and David Kihara, Alexandria Petri, Jamie Weinstein, Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter, Ben Schreckinger, Elizabeth Ralph, Katie Fossett, Michael Crowley, Annie Linskey, Evelyn Farkas, Elizabeth Drew, David Litt, Tracy Sefl, Yochi Dreazen.

BIRTHDAYS: Chairman emeritus of the shopping mall developer Simon Property Group and an owner of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, Herbert “Herb” Simon turns 83… Founder of New Democrat Network and the New Policy Institute, a liberal think tank and advocacy group based in DC, Simon Rosenberg turns 54… New England regional director for J Street, Shaina Wasserman turns 40… AIPAC’s associate area director for Bergen County NJ and Rockland County NY, Ayelet Kahane turns 29… Harvard Law School student, she has worked for Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI-1) and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Annika Lichtenbaum turns 25… Digital producer at Well & Lighthouse, Rachel Shabad turns 25 (h/ts Playbook)… Richard Rubenstein

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IRAN DEAL: “Tillerson Assures Trump Administration Won’t Block European Trade With Iran” by Felicia Schwartz: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration isn’t seeking to disrupt European business deals with Iran. “The president’s been pretty clear that it’s not his intent to interfere with business deals that the Europeans may have under way with Iran,” Mr. Tillerson said in a Thursday interview in his State Department office. “He’s said it clearly: ‘That’s fine. You guys do what you want to do.’ … Tillerson said most U.S. business activity remains prohibited by sanctions that weren’t waived as part of the deal, but Mr. Trump is “not trying to interfere with what businesses want to do.” [WSJ]

“Tillerson Faults Saudi-Led Bloc for Failing to End Qatar Crisis” by Nick Wadhams: “There seems to be a real unwillingness on the part of some of the parties to want to engage,” Tillerson said in an interview Thursday in Washington. “It’s up to the leadership of the quartet when they want to engage with Qatar because Qatar has been very clear — they’re ready to engage.” Tillerson made the comment days before he embarks on a trip to the region, including stops in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in a renewed push to resolve the dispute… “I do not have a lot of expectations for it being resolved anytime soon,” Tillerson said.” [Bloomberg]

“Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks” by Dan Williams: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad’s army, Israeli officials say. A Netanyahu government official, who declined to be named, given the sensitivity of Israel-Kurdish ties, suggested Israel had security interests in Kurdistan, given its proximity to Israel‘s enemies in Tehran and Damascus.” [Reuters]

HEARD YESTERDAY — CIA Director Mike Pompeo at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) National Security Summit: “It has been far too inexpensive for the Iranians to conduct this adventurism. We should raise the cost of that… I think we could make it even more difficult to push back against these non-nuclear activities I think is something the president is intent on doing.” Pompeo refused to proclaim Iran has violated the terms of the nuclear deal on a technical level, but asserted, “The notion that the deal would curtail Iranian adventurism or their terror threat or their malignant behavior has now… two years on, proven to be fundamentally false.” 

National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, who also spoke at the summit, insisted that if Congress fails to pass legislation to strengthen the pressure on Iran, Trump will “absolutely” terminate the deal. “This is a gift that gives over time to Iran… There’s the fundamental flaw of the sunset clause.”[Video]

ON THE HILL — Sen. Carper cites ACLU objections as motivation for declining to co-sponsor Anti-Boycott Act — by Aaron Magid: With the Israel Anti-Boycott Act receiving considerable attention on Capitol Hill, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) revealed that the American Civil Liberty Union’s “legitimate concerns” led him to decline to co-sponsor the bill. “I have not co-sponsored the legislation,” the Delaware lawmaker told Jewish Insider. “The ACLU raises some serious concerns about free speech and possible violations of free speech, and those concerns were part of the reason why a number of us chose not to co-sponsor the legislation.”

A co-sponsor of the legislation, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) explained that there will be changes to the measure. “There are some things that we can do with the bill to clarify language and I think Senator Cardin is working on it. The bill will evolve and there will be changes in the language. That’s part of the process, people are having input in it,” he said.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT): “Many of us who have concerns have been talking with Ben (Cardin) and his team a lot about it. I am hopeful we can work through any concerns about the bill,” he said. “I have not made a decision to oppose it. I am not a co-sponsor of it. I think we can make it better. I am not going to negotiate it in public with him (Cardin). I am sure that I don’t completely agree with the ACLU.” [JewishInsider]

STATE-SIDE: “This Texas town offers hurricane relief — if your politics are right” by Kyle Swenson: “The city of Dickinson, Tex., located about 30 miles southeast of Houston, recently posted applications online for relief grants “from the funds that were generously donated to the Dickinson Harvey Relief Fund,” the city’s website says. The application, however, includes a provision requiring applicants to promise not to boycott Israel… The text reads: “By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement.” The city attorney… told a local television station he was only following a state law forbidding state agencies from doing business with Israel boycotters.” [WashPost]

PEACE PROCESS: “U.S. Sees Palestinian Unity as a Step Toward Mideast Peace” by David Halbfinger: “Notably, Israeli statements on the Palestinian reconciliation effort, including Mr. Netanyahu’s latest, appear to leave narrow but perceptible wiggle room for reaching an accommodation… Still, Mr. Greenblatt’s presence in Egypt on Thursday suggested that the United States sees the Fatah-Hamas talks as a chance, however slim, to at least move Hamas in the direction of disarming and embracing the peace process.” [NYTimes

“Netanyahu’s strategy to avoid negotiations” by Shlomi Eldar: “A senior Palestinian diplomatic source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Netanyahu’s moves were obvious and that Abbas said as much to his American guests. “[Netanyahu] waited for an opportunity to stifle the American initiative. We saw this a long time ago,” the source said.” [AlMonitor]

“Hamas leader vows to ‘erase’ Israel instead of recognizing it” by Daniel Siryoti: “The time has passed for us to discuss whether Hamas will recognize Israel,” Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar said in a meeting with students on Thursday, adding, “now we are discussing when we will erase Israel.” … In addition, Hamas official Basel Naim said “there is no room for American intervention in internal Palestinian matters.” [IsraelHayom]

U.S-ISRAEL RELATIONS: “Former Mossad chief: US leaks of Israeli intel not fatal to relationship” by Joe Uchill: “Tamir Pardo, the former director of Mossad, said that recent intelligence leaks would not have substantially hampered his relationship with his counterparts in the United States. “We don’t have any other choice,” Pardo told The Hill.” [TheHill]

“Israeli lawmakers walk out of summit amid anti-Israel onslaught” by Stuart Winer: “A delegation of Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday stormed out of the Inter-Parliament Union assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia, including being heckled while trying to speak at the event… A video circulated on social media showed the speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, shouting at the Israeli MKs that they were “child killers” and to “get out of the hall” after one of them addressed the summit. The delegation was then seen leaving the room.” [ToI

MEANWHILE IN DC, TRUMP WEST WING GRACES KUWAITI AMBASSADOR — according to Politico Playbook: “Spotted at a dinner last night in honor of Melania Trump at the Kuwaiti ambassador’s residence where the first lady received an award from the Kuwait-America Foundation in an evening benefiting UNHCR: President Trump and Melania Trump, hosts Ambassador Salem al-Sabah and Reema al-Sabah, MC James Rosen, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Michael Haley, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Hilary Ross, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, HR and Katie McMaster, Gary and Lisa Cohn, Dina Powell and David McCormick, Jordanian Amb. Dina Kawar, Wayne and Lea Berman, David Rubenstein.” [Playbook]

BUSH, OBAMA SPEAK UP: “George W. Bush: Bigotry and white supremacy are ‘blasphemy’ against the American creed” by Maegan Vazquez: “Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. … This means that people from every race, religion, ethnicity can be full and equally American,” [former President George W. Bush] said during remarks at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City. “It means that bigotry and white supremacy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American creed.” He added that “bigotry seems emboldened,” though he didn’t explain why.” [CNN] • Obama Condemns ‘Politics of Division’ at Murphy Rally [Observer

2020 WATCH: “John Kasich Is Meeting With Foreign Policy Experts And Keeping His 2020 Options Open” by Henry Gomez: “The Republican governor of Ohio met privately Thursday with several national security and foreign policy experts… The sources… described the discussions in Columbus as the first in a series of meetings on domestic and foreign policy and aimed at keeping Kasich current in global affairs.” [BuzzFeed]

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SPOTLIGHT — No ‘Tech’ Giant Appears To Be Immune From Critical Press: “WeWork: A $20 Billion Startup Fueled by Silicon Valley Pixie Dust” by Eliot Brown: “With a valuation of more than $20 billion, or about 20 times annualized revenue, Adam Neumann‘s WeWork is the fourth most valuable U.S. startup… Others in the real-estate industry and some Silicon Valley investors say the company’s well-crafted image belies the mundane nature of its business. IWG PLC, an office-leasing company with a business model similar to WeWork’s, manages five times the square footage and has about one-eighth the market value. “If you had positioned this as a real-estate company, it wouldn’t be worth this,” said Barry Sternlicht, who runs Starwood Capital Group LLC. Mr. Neumann “dressed it up and made it into a community, and that turned it into a tech play.”

“At 6 feet 5 inches with a mop of dark hair, Mr. Neumann stands out in a crowd of suit-clad commercial landlords in New York… Multiple people who traveled overseas with him say he insisted they stay up the whole night working. “I don’t think he ever sleeps,” said Michael Eisenberg, an early WeWork investor and an adviser to Mr. Neumann who currently is a partner at venture-capital fund Aleph… Joel Schreiber, a Manhattan-based real-estate investor, said he was captivated by Mr. Neumann and his vision early on. After a three-hour conversation in 2010, the entrepreneurs offered him a 33% stake in WeWork for $15 million. “I didn’t negotiate—I said yes,” Mr. Schreiber said. “I loved Adam’s energy.”

“The CEO makes his penchant for tequila well-known. On a Monday morning in Philadelphia a few years ago, he coaxed Jared Kushner into a bar where he insisted they do shots of tequila, according to multiple people familiar with the exchange. The two had been looking at a Kushner-owned property that WeWork ended up leasing.” [WSJ]

“Deal Hurdles for WeWork: Neumann’s Style and Rich Stock Price” by Alfred Lee: “The Information spoke to executives and advisers at four companies who have discussed acquisitions with WeWork but said they declined to sell their companies. Three cited the high value of WeWork stock as a concern. Two of the four also cited Mr. Neumann’s approach during negotiations.” [TheInformation]

TALK OF THE NATION: “Digital Fascism: Anti-PC Idol-Smashing Isn’t Just a Joke” by Jacob Siegel and Angela Nagle: “The failure to see trolling for what it was, in its germinative form on 4Chan and other message boards, and in Yiannopoulos’ opportunistic appropriation, was a collapse of moral and political imagination across the spectrum. Progressives in thrall to transgressive signaling and rule-breaking praised the nascent alt-right for “fighting the power. Liberals who couldn’t imagine that trolls might be otherwise regular people who used lulz to indulge an appetite for cruelty and the irrational and vent sincere but unspeakable desires. Conservatives desperate to take back culture from the liberals, and libertarians who’d accept any allies in the battle against PC, invited Yiannopolous and others like him into their midst, who then in turn left the side door open for neo-Nazis and white nationalists. They all had a part to play in bringing us here.” [Tablet]

“At Richard Spencer’s Florida Rally, Protesters Drive Out the Alt-Right, One by One” by James Laporta: “The lecture by Spencer (at the University of Florida) would once again bring out into the open a live-action version of Internet chat rooms: full of bigotry, anonymous Twitter profiles, sporting, “Pepe the Frog” bio pictures, and modern-day white supremacists. It would be Spencer’s first planned speech on a college campus since the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.” [DailyBeast

DISPATCH FROM JERUSALEM: “White Evangelicals Used to Dominate Christian Zionism, but Not Anymore” by Emma Green: “While some Christian Zionist movements can seem actively hostile toward Jews… [2017 Feast of the Tabernacles] attendees were wary of saying that Jews should convert… At the Jerusalem March, Jewish families stood at the edge of a holding area for participants, watching men in traditional Thai costumes blowing shofars and crowds of Finnish tourists singing Jewish folk songs. They weren’t bothered. “It’s cute,” said Rivka Horowitz, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who visits the Feast every year with her family. If they were bemused at the whole spectacle, they also saw its advantages. “Usually we have rocks thrown at us,” her husband, Zev, added. “Today, we’re being thrown candy.” [TheAtlantic]

“A Rabbi Finds Love on Tinder” by Alix Strauss: “A rabbi anxiously walked into a bar. Andrew Scheer, the rabbi in question, was about to have a first date with Avital Zipper. Mr. Scheer’s vocation was frequently a deal breaker once a woman learned of it. Rabbi Scheer, 31, who is Modern Orthodox, grew up in Woodmere, N.Y., and is a Jewish chaplain for the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System and the New York City Department of Correction. . After trying JSwipe, JCrush, JDate, even OkCupid, Rabbi Scheer seemed to have found success on Tinder. That’s when Ms. Zipper, 30, popped up on his phone, and the app showed they had five mutual friends. “He was 29 when we met and my settings started at 30, so I never would have seen his profile,” Ms. Zipper said. “We never would have met if he didn’t send me a message request… I had no idea he was a rabbi… He’s not that random banker or millennial worker who’s doing his own thing.”” [NYTimes]

WEEKEND BIRTHDAYS — FRIDAY: Economist who earned the nickname “Dr. Doom” during his tenure as the chief economist at Salomon Brothers during the 1970s, Henry Kaufman, Ph.D. turns 90… Poet, essayist and literary critic, Robert Pinsky turns 77… Miami Beach-based real estate developer, Russell W. Galbut turns 65… Music composer for many films, winner of six Grammys and an Emmy Award, Thomas Newman turns 62… Rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Katamon area, Rabbi Binyamin (Benny) Lau turns 56… Russian TV and radio journalist, he is a member of the Russian Jewish Congress, Vladimir Solovyov turns  54… United States Senator from Hawaii, following 8 years as a Congressman and two years as Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, Brian Schatz turns 45… Classical violinist and a 2008 winner of a MacArthur genius fellowship, Leila Josefowicz turns 40… Senior advisor to Massachusetts State Senator Eric P. Lesser, Michael Clark turns 28… 2016 Columbia Law grad, now an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Evan G. Zuckerman turns 28…

SATURDAY: Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu turns 68… Emmy Award winning reality courtroom personality, “Judge Judy,” Judith Sheindlin turns 75… News anchor who worked for 36 years in Philadelphia, Larry Kane (born Lawrence Kanowitz) turns 75… Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard University, Shaye J. D. Cohenturns 69… Director of policy and government relations at Health Care For All, Brian Rosman turns 59… Philanthropist and Detroit Jewish community leader, Ethan Daniel Davidson… Russian born classical composer and pianist, emigrated to NYC at four years old, a graduate of Julliard, Lera Auerbach turns 44… Non-profit manager previously at Soaringwords and Areivim Philanthropic Group, Dori Tenenbaum turns 31… Director of Data and Evaluation at NCSY and the Orthodox Union, Dan Hazony turns 30… Jerusalem Fellow at the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought, Eliana Rudee turns 26… Mitch Davis

SUNDAY: Australian philanthropist and Chairman of Westfield Corporation, owner of shopping malls across the globe, Frank Lowy turns 87… Founder and national director of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) of the Orthodox Union, he then served for close to twenty years as the EVP of the Orthodox Union, Rabbi Pinchas Stolper turns 86… EVP and chief professional officer of the Orthodox Union since 2014, he was previously chairman of NYC-based law firm Proskauer Rose, Allen Fagin turns 68… Actor who starred in many high-grossing films such as Jurassic Park, Independence Day and sequels of both of those, Jeff Goldblum turns 65… Washington insider, political pundit and communications consultant,Hilary Rosen turns 59… Bethesda, MD resident and AIPAC staffer (not the Hillel president), Eric Matthew Fingerhut turns 47… Chief of Staff of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Michelle Gordonturns 46… VP in the NYC office of West End Strategy Team, Samantha Kupferman turns 34… Director of institutional advancement for NCSY’s Atlantic Seaboard region, Dana Tarley Sicherman turns 32… Journalist and writer, he covered New York City Hall and national politics for the New York Observer (2013-2016), now running for NY State Senate from  New York City, Ross Barkan turns 28… Reporter for The Jewish Journal and Tribe Media, Ryan Torok

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