Daily Kickoff: Ivanka — “My father will do the right thing if he loses” ; Trump — “I’ll keep you in suspense” | Adelson tells Trump to Dial It Down

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DEBATE RECAP: “Republicans despondent that Trump threw away final debate” by Alex Isenstadt and Katie Glueck: “Donald Trump’s rocky performance on the final debate stage did little to allay his party’s concerns that the GOP is headed for an electoral catastrophe up and down the ticket. “The biggest loser tonight was not Trump, the presidential race is over,” said Robert Blizzard, a GOP pollster who is working on a number of congressional races. “Instead, down-ticket Republicans lost tonight — they needed some help and got absolutely none.”” [Politico]

Trump says Iran should write the U.S. a thank you letter on Mosul offensive: “The leaders that we wanted to get are all gone because they’re smart. They say, what do we need this for? So Mosul is going to be a wonderful thing. And Iran should write us a letter of thank you, just like the really stupid — the stupidest deal of all time, a deal that’s going to give Iran absolutely nuclear weapons. Iran should write us yet another letter saying thank you very much, because Iran, as I said many years ago, Iran is taking over Iraq, something they’ve wanted to do forever, but we’ve made it so easy for them. So we’re now going to take Mosul. And do you know who’s going to be the beneficiary? Iran.” [CNN

Trump singled out Justice Ruth Ginsburg: “Something happened recently where Justice Ginsburg made some very, very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people, many, many millions of people that I represent. And she was forced to apologize. And apologize she did. But these were statements that should never, ever have been made.”

– and George Soros: “And all of her donors — just about all of them — I know Buffett took hundreds of millions of dollars, Soros, George Soros, took hundreds of millions of dollars… Most of her donors have done the same thing as I do.”

HOW IT PLAYED: Debate stunner: Trump won’t say he’ll accept election result [AP] • Some Undecided Voters Turn On Donald Trump Over ‘Rigged’ Claims [WSJ] • Debate Swerves From Policy to Personal Attacks [NYTimes] • Trump claims Iran will ‘absolutely’ get the bomb on an otherwise Israel-free night[JPost] • During debates, Clinton’s weakness was defending her positions [WashPost] • Eli Lake: Trump’s Reliance on WikiLeaks Discredits His Case Against Clinton [Bloomberg] • John Podhoretz: Donald Trump just ceded the presidency to Hillary Clinton [NYPost]

EARLIER YESTERDAY — “Ivanka Trump: I expect my father to concede if he loses” by Ben Kamisar: “My father is in this to win it, and I’m not interested in talking about alternative outcomes. Of course, my father will always do the right thing, that’s the kind of person he is,” Ivanka Trump said during an interview with Time magazine’s Nancy Gibbs during Wednesday’s Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. “He’ll either win or he won’t win, and I believe he’ll accept the outcome either way.” [TheHill;TIME]

Bret Stephens: “Trump’s answer on accepting the outcome of the vote is the most disgraceful statement by a presidential candidate in 160 years.” [Twitter]

Ari Fleischer: “My favorite outcome: Trump wins by 2 electoral votes. Democrats call on Electoral College to vote Hillary. 1 elector switches. Trump sues. Supreme Court votes 4-4. Race goes to House. House deadlocks. It’s 1/20/17. No POTUS. Obama leaves. Ryan becomes POTUS.” [Twitter]

Teddy Schleifer: “Before the debate, Trump and his family sat down for lunch today at his hotel with Sheldon Adelson, Miriam Adelson and Foster Friess.” [Twitter

“Inside Team Trump’s Vegas Afterparty” by Olivia Nuzzi: Boris Epshteyn is a senior adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and late Wednesday evening, after the debate, he stood at the head of a long table in the half-empty restaurant of the Trump International Hotel here, drinking and eating jovially with the rest of the staff. But Epshteyn and his dining companions understand that their presence in Las Vegas in late October 2016, 6.5 points behind Clinton nationally on average, is a miracle in itself—he was never supposed to get this far, and neither were they. Every night until Nov. 8 might as well be New Year’s Eve.” [DailyBeast]

“Netanyahu: If Israel Doesn’t Act Wisely Ahead of End of Obama’s Term, We May Endanger Entire Settlement Enterprise” by Barak Ravid and Yotam Berger: “The prime minister described the time between the U.S. presidential election on November 8 and the inauguration of a new president on January 20 as a particularly sensitive period, the source said. Citing examples of actions taken by previous lame-duck presidents during this period, Netanyahu warned that Israel must avoid making mistakes during those 10 weeks.  “We need to act wisely, and you, of all people, ought to understand that,” the source quoted Netanyahu as saying. The Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu warned the settlers during this meeting that other U.S. presidents have used the end of their terms to advance initiatives contrary to Israel’s interests. “The prime minister added that he hopes this won’t happen again, and he expects the U.S. not to change its traditional policy of the last several decades and to prevent anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Security Council,” a PMO spokesperson added.” [Haaretz;JerusalemOnline]

More Podesta emails — Podesta reassured his daughter that Hillary would be better for Israel than Obama was: “Obama developed a real feud with Bibi, but she has been a staunch defender of Israel since her Senate days. Probably her very best supporters are Haim Saban, and Danny Abraham who would not be with her if she wasn’t totally committed to Israeli security.” [05-12-2015

Jake Sullivan following Netanyahu’s pre-election comment against the two-state solution:“She is for a two-state solution and thinks the status quo is unsustainable. She had dozens of hours of convos with Bibi where he not only supported a two-state solution but actively negotiated to bring it about.” [03-18-2015

Sullivan to Podesta: “She just called to say she thinks she needs to say something, even something modest, on Israel. She is not out publicly for quite some time, so no easy way to build into preexisting event. Two Q’s / first, do you agree, and second, any thoughts on how she might do this? – could be an interview with a friendly reporter (do those exist?) – could be something written, but I’m skeptical – could be a call she makes to someone that she reads out – thoughts?” [03-25-2015

Elan Kriegel re: the Jewish Journal’s poll of U.S. Jews on the Iran deal: “As a Jewish person who supports the deal, I hope this poll is correct, but the way it was conducted was a little strange and I wouldn’t take too much stock in it considering some other factors *The way the poll was conducted* – They don’t seem to ask about when the respondent was last at synagogue or what type of Judaism they practice — which is strange – The way they found Jewish people was by taking a sample of people who have told them they are Jewish in other polls. I’m not sure they are weighting this to the actual Jewish population *Other considerations* – Many Rabbis are pretty upset with the deal — and, with respect to issues involving Israel, Rabbis will generally use their pulpit to discuss issues involving Israel. – Since this is summer, attendance at synagogue is particularly low, but I imagine that when fall comes around (specifically the High Holidays) this will flair up again.”

— Oren Shur, Director of Paid Media: “Yes, I didn’t appropriately account for the annual high holiday saber rattle (or is that a shofar?) – silly me.” [07-26-2015

“Trump to address Jerusalem rally” by Gil Hoffman: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak via satellite next Wednesday to a rally for the unity of Jerusalem that the Republican Party in Israel will sponsor on the roof of the Aish HaTorah building overlooking the Western Wall. The rally came in response to the scandal involving UNESCO’s decision about Jerusalem.” [JPost]

Trump to Israel Hayom: “I think it’s incredible what’s happening with Israel and a lot of it has to do with [U.S. President Barack] Obama, because it’s just incredible that the relationship, I’ve never seen this before with Israel, from almost every point it’s negative. How anybody who loves Israel can support Hillary Clinton or Obama is beyond me, that I can tell you. It’s beyond me. I have people, I don’t call them friends because they’re not supporting, you know, I don’t call them friends, but I have people that I know very well that are supporting Hillary Clinton, I say, just out of curiosity, they, they love Israel, why? And they don’t even know, they can’t even give me an answer.” [IsraelHayom]

Ambassador Dan Shapiro: “I think we are all going to be relieved when these elections are over.”[INN

“Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson Tells Trump to Dial It Down” by Brian Schwartz  and Charlie Gasparino: “The billionaire casino magnate recently sent an e-mail to Trump advising the GOP candidate to stop attacking Republicans he has feuded with during the increasingly contentious presidential run, and lay off what Adelson considers counter-productive attacks on the media. Instead, Adelson wrote in the e-mail that Trump should focus on major political issues that he believes could help him narrow what appears to be a growing polling gap with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton… “Trump doesn’t listen to anyone—not even his family or Steve Bannon,” Adelson told one associate who spoke to FOX Business in reference to Trump’s new campaign manager. “I like Trump less and less,” Adelson said, according to this person.” [FoxBusiness

Steve Wynn on holding back support of Trump: “I respect Sheldon Adelson a lot, but he is black and white a Republican. I’m more of a guy that plays the face. I’ve been been a registered Democrat, I’ve supported probably as many Republicans as Democrats. I’m a proponent of a more efficient government.”[FoxNews

“Twitter’s anti-Semitism problem” by Ryan Lizza: “Only a fifth of the anti-Semitic accounts studied by the A.D.L. were suspended. “It is notable that they did suspend twenty-one per cent of the accounts,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the A.D.L.’s C.E.O., told me. “But there are seventy-nine per cent that they didn’t. It validates what I have heard from journalist after journalist, and others who have found themselves victimized: oftentimes the companies, and in particular Twitter, have not done enough.” Jeffrey Goldberg, the new editor of the Atlantic, is on the list of journalists who are most attacked on the service. “I can’t say that I’m not pleased,” he joked. “I mean, I finally made a top-ten list.” But he has stopped using the service as much as he once did, partly because of the unrelenting attacks.”[Newyorker]

“The Jewish, female vice-presidential candidate who may be on your US ballot” by Lahav Harkov: “Finn called her Judaism an important part of her life… In this election, like many Jewish Trump opponents, Finn has experienced antisemitism firsthand, particularly on social media… Finn said racism, including antisemitism, has simmered under the surface in the US, but Trump’s rhetoric has created a climate in which such sentiments can be expressed more openly. “These isms have been normalized in the public sphere. It’s not even specifically antisemitism; just the notion that you can discriminate based on race or religion has been normalized. I think it’s a real threat…and leaders who don’t stand up and denounce that kind of rhetoric are complicit,” Finn said.” [JPost]

“‘You’re practically crying!’ Joe Scarborough and Bill Kristol get heated” by Callum Borchers: “The former GOP congressman got into a heated argument with Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who suggested “Morning Joe” enabled the eventual nominee early in the campaign. “This show was really tough on Trump in late 2015 and early 2016,” Kristol said, his remark dripping with sarcasm. “Please don’t come on my air and lie,” Scarborough replied. And the fight was on. Scarborough: ‘I can’t even believe you’re doing this. I don’t know why you’re so bitter.’ Kristol: ‘I’m not bitter.’ Scarborough: ‘You’re practically crying! You’re practically crying!’ Kristol: ‘I am upset about this election. That’s right, Joe. ‘Cuz you think it’s amusing that Donald Trump is the nominee.'” [WashPost]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Jonathan Gray: The Man Who Revolutionized Real Estate Investing On Entrepreneurship In A Big Company [Forbes] • Steven Cohen May Return to Hedge Fund Industry When Ban Expires [NYTimes] • Discovery CEO David Zaslav: We Love Netflix’s Model [Bloomberg] • Stuart Goldfarb, Carmelo Anthony’s business partner, on the duo’s tech connection [ESPN]SPOTLIGHT: “Mark Zuckerberg on Peter Thiel and Donald Trump: ‘We care deeply about diversity'” by Alex Heath: “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg clearly doesn’t intend to distance his company from board member and Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel. “We care deeply about diversity,” he wrote. “That’s easy to say when it means standing up for ideas you agree with. It’s a lot harder when it means standing up for the rights of people with different viewpoints to say what they care about. That’s even more important.”” [BusinessInsider]

KAFE KNESSET — Bibi Against the Broadcast Authority — by Amir Tibon & Tal Shalev: It’s not Jewish holiday season in Israel if there isn’t at least one political drama that disrupts the celebrations. This year, the big fight is over the fate of the new Israeli Broadcast Authority, which seems to be faltering just as it comes to life. The initiative to create a new, modern, non-partisan broadcast authority for Israel has been under discussion for years. In 2014, then-Communications Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) finally manged to pass a detailed plan to replace Israel’s old and crumbling broadcast authority. Yet after the 2015 election, when Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to keep the Communications Ministry to himself, things took a different turn. Now, it seems, Netanyahu is on the verge of burying the plan – despite the fact that – or perhaps because – hundreds of journalists have already been recruited to the new broadcast service.

Under the current plan, the government will have very little influence over the new broadcast authority. That’s why one of Netanyahu’s most loyal supporters in the Likud faction, MK David Bitan, is pushing forward a proposal to scrap the new, independent public broadcast, and instead stick with the current version. To make things even uglier, yesterday Israel’s Channel 10 reported that as part of this power struggle, people close to Netanyahu gave a “black list” to the managers of the new broadcast authority, containing the names of journalists critical of the Prime Minister and a “white list” of journalists favorable to him. The managers of the new broadcast authority rejected the lists, which according to the report, was the main reason Netanyahu finally decided to scrap the whole thing altogether. The Prime Minister’s Office denied such contact took place between them and the new broadcast authority, but the end result seems clear, either way.

SCENE LAST NIGHT — from a JI reader in Jerusalem: A dinner was held in honor of the dedication of the new Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel with guests from the US, UK, Monaco, etc. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the gathering and focused his remarks on the recent UNESCO controversy. Notable attendees included Karen Davidson, Gretchen Davidson, Ralph Gerson, Erica Gerson, Dorothy Gerson, Stephanie Gerson, Eli Saulson, Isaac Saulson, Darin McKeever, and Ashley Crain. [Pic]

“Who are the Samaritans and why is their future uncertain?” — “Samaritan attempts to distinguish themselves from both Jews and Palestinians makes sense given the febrile politics of the region. But it can also cause problems. As of 2015, only 777 Samaritans remain. Their gene pool is dangerously shallow. Young Samaritans have converted to Judaism in order to marry, since the religion prohibits unions with outsiders. Moreover, becoming a Samaritan is a big commitment.” [Economist]

SPORTS BLINK: “A Hasidic rabbi outside Wrigley Field teaches Cubs fans how to bless their team” by Aimee Levitt: “Rabbi Boruch Hertz, an emissary of the Lubavitch Chabad, built a sukkah across the street from Wrigley Field and encouraged everyone, but especially Jews, to come in and pray with him… Hertz was outside Wrigley during the infamous Steve Bartman game, though he claims no responsibility for what happened inside the ballpark; he was more pleased by the fans who lined up for a chance to recite a blessing and then shake the lulav (a wand of tree branches) and etrog (a citron). Rabbi Dovid Kotlarsky, Hertz’s son-in-law, took up the mantle of the Rebbe of Wrigleyville at the beginning of last season, when he moved to Chicago from Brooklyn. “For many people,” Kotlarsky said, “the Cubs are personal, and they want to pray for the Cubs’ success. So before you say ‘Amen,’ you can insert a short ‘Go Cubs, God bless the Cubs.’ “” [ChicagoReader]

BIRTHDAYS: Poet, essayist and literary critic, who has taught at Wellesley College, UC Berkeley and Boston University, Robert Pinsky turns 76… Music composer for many films, winner of six Grammys and an Emmy Award, Thomas Newman turns 61… United States Senator from Hawaii, following 8 years as a Congressman and two years as Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, Brian Schatz turns 44… Classical violinist and a 2008 winner of a MacArthur genius fellowship, Leila Josefowicz turns 39… Evan Zuckerman turns 27…

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Daily Kickoff: Clinton team debated mentioning Israel publicly | Anti-Semitic Posts Surge on Twitter | What will become of Jared Kushner?

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TOP TALKER: “Israel cries foul over UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem’s religious sites” by Joshua Mitnick: “The United Nations’ cultural agency on Tuesday endorsed a controversial resolution on Jerusalem that Israeli officials have assailed as omitting the historical link of the Jewish people to the city. Though the decision has little if any impact on Jerusalem, it has heated up rhetoric surrounding the city’s holy sites at a time when Israeli authorities are already on heightened alert for potential clashes during the Jewish pilgrimage holiday of Sukkot.” [LATimesAP

“UNESCO won’t hold new vote on contentious Jerusalem resolution after Mexico withdraws request” by Barak Ravid: “Mexico announced during an Executive Committee meetingTuesday morning that it changed its stance due to the position being offensive and biased against the Jewish people and their historic connection to Israel. Earlier Tuesday, Mexico announced its intentions to trigger a special clause allowing them to demand a recast vote in order to change its decision. As part of Mexico’s changed position, Roemer, a Mexican Jew, was removed from his position overnight on Tuesday. A senior Israeli official said that the Mexican ambassador actually opposed Mexico’s original vote and tried to change his country’s decision but failed. Amid the Mexican Jewish community’s protests, it was decided to remove him from his position in an attempt to quell tensions.” [Haaretz; JTA]

“UN Rewrites Jewish History, and Jews Look on the Bright Side” by Daniel Gordis: “Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, insisted that UNESCO’s omission of the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem constitutes a “war on Jewish history.” Although Hoenlein and Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street rarely see eye to eye, last week they did. J Street said the resolution “outrageously seeks to rewrite history.” David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, pointed to the specifics of the vote as good news. Although 24 nations voted in favor and only six voted against (with 26 abstained), not a single European country supported the resolution.” [BloombergView]

“American-funded anti-Netanyahu Group Acted Legally, Israel’s Watchdog Rules” by Jonathan Lis: “Regarding V15, Shapira said that despite the allegations, “there were no positive findings of an organizational connection between the V15 entity and any specific political party.” In light of that finding, the fact that it sponsored messages about “changing the ruling party” or “voting for various blocks” was not sufficient “to justify the determination that a particular party received a [campaign finance] contribution, let alone a forbidden contribution, from an entity external to those parties,” he said.” [Haaretz; JPost]

More Podesta emails — Debate in Clinton camp over including Israel in campaign launch speech – Jake Sullivan: “Would add a sentence on standing up for our allies and our values, including Israel and other fellow democracies.”

Mandy Grunwald: “I though[t] this was largely for her TP with public events not fundraisers. Do we need Israel etc for that?”

Joel Benenson: “Why would we call out Israel in public events now? The only voters elevating FP at all are Republican primary voters.”

Sullivan: “She was Secretary of State.”

Robby Mook: “I’m w Joel. We shouldn’t have Israel at public events. Especially dem activists.”

Sullivan: “I won’t fall on sword over Israel but we need more than climate in that paragraph.”

Dan Schwerin: “What about this as a base, and then she can drop in Israel when she’s with donors: ‘Fourth and finally, we have to protect our country from the global threats that we see… And it means always standing up for our allies and our values, especially our fellow democracies.” [05-17-2015]

Laura Rosenberger sent Stu Eizenstat draft of Hillary’s Op-Ed to be published in The Forward: “The intent is to make this more about the relationship and her personal connection, and go lighter on the policy side (though of course still addressing that).” Eizenstat: “The readership of the Forward (which includes me) is generally more liberal on Israel issues. But obviously, what Hillary writes will have a much broader audience.” [11-02-2015

Anne-Marie Slaughter to team Clinton: “I’m worried that the hostility toward Obama among donors who buy Bibi’s line about his commitment to Israel could cause you to run away from his (and your) overall foreign policy record, which would be a big mistake in the same way that it will squeeze you into a corner that you do not need to be in and prevents you from making a bold case for your success as Secretary of State.” Podesta: “Can we switch HRC’s email and not tell Anne-Marie? Jeez, she emails her more than the three of us do.” [05-10-2015

Podesta on day after Netanyahu won reelection: “I thought Bibi was going to lose.” [03-18-2015

Hillary following Netanyahu’s apology on election day comments re: Israeli-Arabs: “This is an opening that should be exploited. A Potemkin process is better than nothing.” [03-23-2015

OVER THE WEEKEND — “Adelson, Icahn and Paulson chip in for Trump and GOP” by Jacob Pramuk: “Here are some of the notable donors to Trump Victory, one of the joint fundraising committees for Trump and the GOP: Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam both contributed nearly $250,000 to the committee in August. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who has defended Trump’s comments about women, gave $150,000 in September. Hedge fund manager John Paulson, another Trump advisor, gave $250,000 in July. Bruce Berkowitz of Fairholme Capital Management contributed $125,000 in two donations in the third quarter.” [CNBC

— “The most generous Trump supporters so far are Las Vegas Sands chief executive Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who together gave the super PAC Future 45 $10 million last month. The Adelsons, who just began doling out major contributions, are now on track to leap to the top of the 2016 donor rankings. They have already given more than $52 million in disclosed contributions to GOP super PACs in the past two months, including $20 million a piece to the groups backing Republican House and Senate candidates.” [WashPost; WSJ]  

“Sheldon Adelson gives $1.2M to super-PAC supporting McCain” by Rebecca Savransky:“Adelson made the donation to the Arizona Grassroots Action PAC, which is aligned with the Arizona senator, in mid-August. GOP donors Paul Singer and Sam Fox also made sizable donations to the super-PAC, giving $250,000 each.” [TheHill]

Via JI reader — spotted at a Hillary for America Fundraiser in Short Hills with President Bill Clinton on Sunday: Owners of the Minnesota Vikings and philanthropists, the extended Wilf Family — including Zygi, Audrey, Mark and Jane; congressional candidate and former Clinton speechwriter Josh Gottheimer, and Aylon Berger, national chair of the High School Democrats of America.[Pic]

“Clinton plots mop-up of Trump’s global mess” by Nahal Toosi: “When it comes to the Middle East, where several of America’s Sunni-majority Arab allies are still smarting over Obama’s decision to negotiate a nuclear deal with Shiite-majority Iran, Clinton, if elected, may wish to take a low-key approach, said Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. There’s a risk, after all, in setting expectations too high, especially in a chaotic region unhappy with Obama’s hands-off approach to the Syrian civil war. “What she needs to do is have direct outreach and meetings, whether it’s in the region or back here, with the leaders of some of our longstanding, traditional allies, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia even,” Katulis said.” [Politico

“Israelis believe Clinton will push them harder on peace, back her anyway” by Marissa Newman: “The new data showed 41.8% of the Israeli public now says Clinton is the preferred candidate for the Jewish state, compared to 23.9% for Trump. At the same time, some 57.2% of respondents (62.7% of Jewish Israelis, 30.1% of Arab Israelis) fingered Clinton as the candidate “who will more heavily pressure the Israeli government to renew negotiations with the Palestinians if elected.” Just 7.6% of Jewish Israelis said Trump would.” [TimesofIsrael• Jonathan Tobin: Do Israelis Fear Trump?[Commentary] 

Trump retweets: “Go Mr. Trump! Israel is behind you!” [Twitter]

New ADL report – “Anti-Semitic Posts, Many From Trump Supporters, Surge on Twitter” by Jonathan Mahler: “More than 800 journalists have been the subject of anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter, with 10 of them receiving 83 percent of the total attacks. The report was careful not to suggest that the Trump campaign “supported or endorsed” the anti-Semitic attacks, but noted that many had been sent by his supporters. In a statement, a Twitter spokesman noted that the company’s policy prohibits anti-Semitic content and that it planned to introduce new policies and tools to ensure that its users felt safe in the coming weeks.” [NYTimes

“A Reporter Got An Anti-Semitic Death Threat From A Trump Supporter” by Claudia Koerner: “Hadas Gold runs Politico’s On The Media blog, and on Monday, a photoshopped image was tweeted showing her with a bullet hole in her forehead and the yellow badge the Nazis used to mark Jews. “Don’t mess with our boy Trump or you will be first in line for the camp,” a message with the image said. The Twitter account that sent the message has been suspended… Journalist Julia Ioffe tweeted about what had happened to Gold. In response, a newly created Twitter account named after a neo-Nazi blog sent her a gif of her face inside an oven, along with the yellow badge designating her as a Jew.” [BuzzFeed

“Florida Jews Could Tip Balance in the Ultimate Swing State — and Few Are Switching Sides” by Nathan Guttman: “Anti-Semitism? That’s a Democratic word,” said Roter. “Republicans are more for the Jews than anyone in the Democratic Party.” [Forward

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt: “Over time, it seems that we become desensitized to it, even numb. I even admit that ADL has stopped responding to every problematic statement or tweet we come across because, if we didn’t, it’s all we would do. “ [Medium

Bret Stephens: “One needn’t accuse Mr. Trump of personal animus toward Jews (there’s no evidence of it) to point out that his candidacy is manna to every Jew-hater. If you incline to believe that the world is controlled by nefarious unseen forces, you might alight on any number of suspects: Freemasons, central bankers, the British foreign office. Somehow, the ultimate culprits usually wind up being Jews… American Jews shouldn’t have to re-live the 1930s in order to figure out that the “globalist cabal” might mean them. “[WSJ

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks: “We have no knowledge of this activity and strongly condemn any commentary that is anti-Semitic. We totally disavow hateful rhetoric online or otherwise.”

“Trump fans boo, walk out on Amy Schumer show in Tampa” by Adam C. Smith: “About 200 people walked out of Amy Schumer’s comedy show at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Sunday when she mocked Donald Trump as, among other things, an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake- college-starting monster.”” [TampaBay; Yahoo]  

“Ivanka Trump Doesn’t Flinch” by Anjali Mullany: “I categorically reject any people within a community that espouses hatred toward anyone, and my father does and has as well, so this is not support that I would be comfortable with. And I couldn’t be comfortable with my father as president of this country if I thought that he could be comfortable with that type of support, and I know that he is not, that’s why he’s denounced it.” [FastCompany]

“Congressional Republicans want to talk Tehran, not Trump” by Patricia Zengerle:“Although Iran is unlikely to be most voters’ main reason for choosing a candidate, strategists said the money could be well spent. Iran provides a distraction for Republicans concerned that the unpopularity of Trump  could also sink party members further down the ballot. Israel also opposed the Iran accord, as did AIPAC, the main U.S. pro-Israel lobby group. Support for Israel is important to voters, especially evangelical Christians who are a wellspring of Republican support.” [Reuters

“With Trump Down, GOP Jewish Group Steps in to Help Toomey in PA” by Leigh Ann Caldwell: “With Donald Trump’s poll numbers continuing to lag, the Republican Jewish Coalition has stepped into the Pennsylvania Senate race with a $500,000 ad buy to help the GOP’s Pat Toomey.”[NBCNews; YouTube]

“Schumer is focusing on the big prize: Senate majority leader” by Ed O’Keefe and Paul Kane: “Schumer, 65, is a force of nature. He estimates talking directly to at least six candidates a day… It’s a tall order for anyone, but Schumer’s confidants say he is ready for the job. “I call him the Jewish LBJ,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), whose narrow 2008 victory was overseen largely by Schumer from afar.”[WashPost• How Senate heavyweight Schumer plans to fix Congress’ gridlock [CNBC]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Start-Up Taking Aim at Bloomberg Terminals Hires Former Bloomberg Head Norman Pearlstine [NYTimes] • Air India, El Al and WestJet eye Washington DC service[FlightGlobal] • Tevi Troy: “America’s next president should learn from Israel on dealing with disaster”[JPost]
SPOTLIGHT: “Is Bill Ackman Toast?” by William Cohan: “These days, Ackman and his multi-billion-dollar hedge fund, Pershing Square Capital Management, are getting pummeled by a force even more powerful than John McEnroe on the tennis court: the market. Pershing Square, which had nearly $20 billion under management in March 2015, is down to around $11.4 billion after 18 months of massive losses in its concentrated portfolio of 11 companies, and in particular at Valeant Pharmaceuticals, where Ackman is the largest shareholder… It is unlikely, in the end, that Ackman will go broke. A source close to Ackman suggests that he has more than $6.5 billion in permanent capital, giving him a safety net for his problems.” [VanityFair]

LongRead: “What Will Become of Jared Kushner?” by Chris Pomorski: “What will become of Jared Kushner, the Trump campaign’s smooth-faced consigliere, who just last week broke his regular observance of the Sabbath for a strategy meeting in Trump Tower to help his father-in-law (in Yiddish, shver) deal with a tape of his extraordinarily vulgar remarks about women? Can his role be chalked up to a more-or-­less normal sense of loyalty and ambition? Does he remain the type of person that others want to do business with, or socialize with, even in New York? Or will Kushner be held responsible, in some important ways, for his role in his father-­in­-law’s campaign?” [Tablet• Trump son-in-law makes approach on post-election TV start-up [FT

“With $50m, Bloomberg thanks Museum of Science” by Shirley Leung: “I went every Saturday, and it changed my life,” recalled Bloomberg, 74, who attended classes there starting when he was about 10 and through his high school years. “It just showed me the possibilities and showed me what was out there in ways that traditional school didn’t do.” [BostonGlobe

“The Rosenberg boys: The Cold War’s most famous orphans” by Brit McCandless: “Now the brothers are seeking their mother’s exoneration, calling on President Obama to acknowledge that Ethel Rosenberg was killed for a crime she didn’t commit. “She was taken away from us,” Robert Meeropol says. “That’s as personal as it can get. But the fact that the government facilitated the invention of evidence in order to convict someone of a capital crime—that is something that should concern everybody.””[60Minutes]

KAFE KNESSET — Israel Katz’s Show of Force — by Amir Tibon & Tal Shalev: It was a significant power display, and felt almost like a pilgrimage: more than 5,000 Likud party members gathered yesterday in the southern community of Kfar Achim, to participate in the annual Sukkot reception hosted by Transportation minister, Israel Katz. It’s a 20 year old tradition, and has become one of the largest party gatherings, so the guests don’t really fit into a tabernacle with palm leaves, and instead of waving four species, they lined up for hamburger and hot dog booths.

Katz, considered one of the strongest figures in the party, was the man of the hour, constantly surrounded by fans begging for selfies. He has had quite a challenging year, accompanied by constant tensions with Prime Minister Netanyahu, who even threatened to fire him at some point. That’s why his tour-de-force last night was especially important for him, stressing that his political strength has not been affected. Almost all of the Likud ministers and MKs made it to the event, including Knesset speaker Yuli Edelestein, Likud Ministers Yuval Steinitz, Yariv Levin, Zeev Elkin, Gila Gamliel, Haim Katz and Ofir Akunis, and many more members of Knesset, mayors, party activists, and fans.

Since early September, when Netanyahu and Katz had a huge row over railway construction plans scheduled for Shabbat, Katz has kept an evident distance from the media and the public eye. But yesterday, the low profile attitude vanished. “I won’t discuss the issues of the past few weeks, but I will say that I will never use a Jewish holiday or any Jewish ritual for political purposes”‘ he said at the opening of his remarks, adding  – “even if others do,” hinting at Netanyahu, without explicitly naming him. When the crowd applauded and cheered the traditional chant “hoo-ha – who is coming – the next prime minister?,” Katz politely calmed them down, but it was clear he enjoyed the embrace. Netanyahu, who wasn’t present at the celebration, probably liked it a bit less.

Alex Soros posts on Instagram: “One hour off to take in some sights in Vilnius, home to what my ancestors from this region would call Vilna. Perhaps no city best exemplifies the effects of the Holocaust. Before the Holocaust Vilnius/Vilna had over 100 synagogues and this is the only one left. 40 percent of the city was Jewish before the German army arrived during #worldwar2, now that number is under 1 percent.”[Instagram

SPORTS BLINK: “Diamond diplomat: Southern Nevada high school coach helping popularize baseball in Israel” by Case Keefer: “Mitch Glasser and his cousin, Corey Westfall, broke out their baseball gloves nearly everywhere else during a 2010 birthright trip to Israel — from the banks of the Dead Sea to the beaches of Tel Aviv… He has a long-term goal of helping to bring America’s pastime to Israel. Glasser works as a substitute teacher and assistant baseball coach at Green Valley High during the offseason, and last month, he played second base and third base on Israel’s national team, which qualified for the 2017 World Baseball Classic by beating Brazil and Great Britain twice in a tournament in Brooklyn.” [LVSun]

“Shopping at the Grove With Ryan Lochte, Who Just Got His First Credit Card” by Jessica Pressler: “Perhaps for obvious reasons, at the last minute, Lochte’s publicist decides to come along. “Work is slow,” she says. “It’s Yom Kippur.” “What’s that?” Lochte asks curiously. “It’s the Jewish Day of Atonement.” “Wasn’t it their Thanksgiving two days ago?” “That was Canadian Thanksgiving.” “Oh,” says Lochte.” [NYMag]

BIRTHDAYS: Born in Vienna, Austria, oceanographer and professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, Walter Munk turns 99… South African-born developmental biologist, professor emeritus at University College of London, Lewis Wolpert turns 87… Executive Director of “Second Thought: a US – Israel Initiative,” former Israeli diplomat with multiple US postings,Yoram Ettinger turns 71… Founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, a leading opponent of all tax increases, Grover Norquist turns 60… Mayor of Jerusalem since 2008, following success as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Nir Barkat turns 57… Founding president and CEO of Global Policy Initiatives, was White House Jewish Liason in the Bill Clinton administration, Jay Footlik… Michelle Fischler… Shira Moses… David Ochs

BIRTHWEEK: Michael Granoff turned 48… Engineer, philanthropist, co-founder and former chairman of Qualcomm, Irwin M. Jacobs turns 83… Birthright Israel Foundation’s David Fisher

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DRIVING THE CONVERSATION: “UNESCO vote on Jerusalem site angers Israel” by John Irish and Ori Lewis: “The theatre of the absurd at UNESCO continues and today the organisation adopted another delusional decision which says that the people of Israel have no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem after the decision. “To declare that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the Pyramids.” [Reuters

“UNESCO Jerusalem resolution ‘highly politicized,’ White House says” by Michael Wilner:“One-sided, unhelpful resolutions have been a recurring challenge at UNESCO in recent years, and the United States has strongly opposed these resolutions at the UNESCO Executive Board,” the [senior administration] official continued. “We will not hesitate to use our vote at the current Board meeting to oppose these resolutions.” [JPost

Trump’s statement: “The United Nations’ attempt to disconnect the State of Israel from Jerusalem is a one-sided attempt to ignore Israel’s 3,000-year bond to its capital city, and is further evidence of the enormous anti-Israel bias of the UN… Further, the decision by the Obama Administration to strike the word ‘Israel’ after the word ‘Jerusalem’ in the President’s prepared text was a capitulation to Israel’s enemies, and a posthumous embarrassment to Shimon Peres, whose memory the President was attempting to honor. In a Trump Administration, Israel will have a true, loyal and lasting friend in the United States of America.”

Laura Rosenberger, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for Hillary Clinton, emails us: “It’s outrageous that UNESCO would deny the deep, historic connection between Judaism and the Temple Mount. As Secretary of State, Hillary fought to defend Israel against biased resolutions like these at the United Nations and other international organizations and would proudly do so again as President.”

JI INTERVIEW – Michael Doran (Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute): Doran, a scholar and former State and Defense Department official in the George W. Bush administration, describes in a new book, Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East, how President Dwight Eisenhower came to realize that Israel, not Egypt, is America’s strongest ally in the Middle East region. Yesterday we spoke to Doran about the parallels between Eisenhower and President Obama and what advice he would give to the presidential candidates.

“The book chronicles the effort of Eisenhower to court Nasser, and it tells a story how Eisenhower meant to push aside the British and distance the United States from Israel from the moment he came into power,” Doran tells us. “His idea was to align with Nasser and Arab nationalism in order to stabilize the Middle East and line up the Arabs behind the Americans in the Cold War. What he actually did was to destabilize the Middle East. The second part of the story is that he comes to the conclusion that actually trying to distance himself from Israel had backfired. He goes on to see Israel as an ally. That’s one of the most interesting things about the book. He is the most popular president among those who think that Israel is a strategic liability. When Israel teams up with the British and the French to attack Egypt in ’56, Eisenhower forces the Israelis to withdraw from the Sinai, with only the most minimal concessions from the Egyptians. Basically no concessions from Nasser at all. He hands Nasser a great political victory.”

The parallel – Obama’s Iran policy: “Obama wanted to reach out to the leading Muslim power of the day, Iran, and assumed that aggressive Western policies and too close of an association with Israel was what was generating the hostility of Iran to the United States. That if he showed a more welcoming attitude to Iran, and if he put some daylight, as he put it, between the United States and Israel, then he could bring the Iranians our way. That’s where I think the parallel is. I think it’s leading to the same kind of chaos in Syria, and Yemen, and elsewhere.”

How Doran grades Obama’s policy on Israel: “I can’t distinguish the Israel policy from the wider policy in the region. I think that Obama wants us to do that because he wants to argue that he has unprecedented mil-to-mil relationship and an unprecedented intelligence sharing relationship, and so on. All of that is true, but at the same time, his policies have led to the empowerment of Iran enormously in ways that don’t work to Israel’s advantage. I don’t think he wakes up every morning and thinks, ‘How do I weaken Israel?’ I think his policies have had the result of not necessarily weakening Israel, but of putting Israel in a very difficult spot.”

On Trump and Hillary’s Middle East policy: “I don’t think that we know what either one of them is going to do because the things that they’re saying simply don’t add up on both sides. For example, Trump tells us he’s going to work with Putin in Syria, at the same time that he tells us he’s going to renegotiate the Iranian nuclear deal and shut down all of the Iranian terror networks around the world. How do you that in Syria? If you get tough with Iran, you’re going to get tough with Putin. If you do so, you’re going to have a problem across the board. Hillary Clinton is saying that she wants to reach out to Russia in certain areas but first, crack against it in others. She’s suggesting that she’s going to get tougher in Syria than Obama, but the thing is, if you get tougher in Syria, once again you’re getting tougher with both Iran and Russia. If you do that, you’re going to have problems with Russia, potentially in Ukraine, you’re going to have problem with Iran in Iraq, and so on. You can’t pick and choose, like in a cafeteria, where you’re going to get tougher because these are strategic actors who are operating against us in a number of different areas simultaneously.”

Advice to Trump, Hillary: “They have to look to their traditional partners to build a stable new order in the region. That means Israel, the Gulf states, and to the extent possible, Turkey. They have to see Russia and Iran as rival powers who do not share the same interests as the United States, and they need to impose costs on them for their behavior.”

Why Netanyahu would have a better relationship with Clinton: “I think Hillary and Netanyahu would get along better personally than with Obama. Nothing I hear coming out of the Clinton camp suggests that she has, I would say, the fixation on warm relations with Iran that Obama had. That I see as the number one reason for the friction with Netanyahu, more than anything else.”

Jeffrey Goldberg talks to Jake Sherman on whether Obama will do anything on Israel before he leaves: “On the other hand, maybe there would be a level of coordination between the two foreign policy teams, where the Hillary people could imagine a scenario in which Obama could do something useful in the U.N. or in another setting to pave the way for some kind of initiative. All that being said, it doesn’t seem likely that Hillary Clinton is going to on Jan. 21 say, ‘How do we solve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis,’ because it’s not actually a very important crisis anymore, compared to five or six other crises in the Middle East.” [Politico]

KAFE KNESSET — Interview with Dore Gold — by Amir Tibon & Tal Shalev: Resigning MFA Director General Dore Gold talked to Kafe Knesset today about his decision: “I resigned for personal reasons, that have to do with my family and the amount of time I wish to spend with them. Public service requires an intense schedule and agenda, and sometimes your family needs you.” He denies any tensions with Netanyahu were part of his decision. “No black cat has crossed between me and the Prime Minister. There are a lot of false rumors and assumptions going around, as if I am leaving out of discontent or frustration with tasks and authorities. They are completely wrong.”

Gold also told us that he “totally” supports the Prime Minister’s foreign policy goals and diplomatic strategy. “His decision to warm up relations with Africa and Arab countries was brilliant, and I was happy to be part of materializing his policy. I will continue working in these areas back as president of the the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs and I can assure you that if the Prime Minister gives me a call tomorrowand asks me to fly to Ivory Coast, Ghana or Nigeria, I will be on the first plane. I recently became a grandfather, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sitting on a rocking chair on a porch in Kansas and recall memories from diplomatic battles in the 80’s. That’s not the scenario.”

For Once, Some Good News in Jerusalem: An unprecedented, even historic, meeting took place yesterday, bringing together top Jewish and Muslim clerics under one roof – that of the Israeli President’s official residence. President Reuven Rivlin hosted the Israeli Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, and the top Muslim Sharia’a court judge in the Palestinian Authority, Sheikh Mahmoud Habbash – who is known to be a close associate of Palestinian President Abbas. The two religious leaders put out a strong statement against religious violence.

“This is the most important meeting that could be held these days,” Rivlin said. The Chief Rabbi gave a rare speech on the Syrian civil war, declaring that “Israel must not be silent in the face of genocide. We must not reenact the world’s silence during the Holocaust.”

The unusual meeting was orchestrated behind-the-scenes in a year long effort by Washington Institute scholars and former State department officials David Makovsky and David Pollock. A year ago, they brought Sheikh Habbash to meet Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein, a politically moderate leader of a Yeshiva in Gush Etzion. Two more rounds of meetings between different religious figures on both sides eventually paved the way for the event at the President’s residence yesterday.

Makovsky told Kafe Knesset that the event “sends a powerful message of peace at a critical and sensitive moment. It’s been a year since the beginning of the last terror wave and in the midst of the Jewish high holiday season when tensions surrounding the Temple Mount are on the rise, the timing here is crucial. Much of the violence of the last year has been religiously motivated – we think it’s vital for religious leaders to speak out. We hope to have another meeting in Ramallah like this soon. With such an abyss between Israeli and Palestinian political leadership, religious leaders can have a lot of influence.”

FLASHBACK: “Generation Z” by Jordan Hirsch: “How two of Israel’s leading diplomats — Michael Oren and Dore Gold — emerged from a 1970s Jewish commune at Columbia University” [TabletMag]

More Podesta emails – Saban advises Hillary on debating Sanders: “Call me stupid but you don’t shred him on the below, in simple easy to understand one liner,,,,,,,,,,experience is of major importance to govern,and has some value in getting elected,,,,,, However,,,,,crisp,,,,,easy to grasp,,,,,emotion triggering one liner, are much more compelling for the majority of voters. Simple arrow the heart and the brain.,,,and up his butt.” [02-12-2016

Podesta on Sid Blumenthal: “Sid is lost in his own web of conspiracies. I pay zero attention to what he says.” [01-01-2016

Eizenstat on Hillary’s Iran deal speech: “The speech lacks a critical element; a clear statement that Hillary will use military force, if necessary, to deal with violations that threaten the agreement, not just the pablum that all options are on the table.” [09-06-2015]

“Donald Trump Has a Grand Unified Campaign Conspiracy Theory” by Zeke Miller: “For those who control the levers of power in Washington, and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don’t have your good in mind,” he said at a rally in West Palm Beach. “Our campaign represents a true existential threat like they haven’t seen before.” He add[ed] the “establishment” has “trillions” at stake on the election, and blamed a “global power structure” for the decline of manufacturing cities.” [TIME• Trump just gave an anti-Semitic speech ‘dripping with hatred’ — and the Internet is horrified [RawStory

Jim Acosta on Twitter: “A Trump supporter left behind this sign on media table in press pen. Shows swastika with word “media” [Pic

ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt: “Trump should avoid rhetoric and tropes that historically have been used against Jews and still spur anti-Semitism. Let’s keep hate out of the campaign.” [Twitter

“Ivanka Trump Hits Trail, With No Sign of Campaign Turbulence” by Trip Gabriel: “On a carefully stage-managed swing through the Philadelphia suburbs, Ms. Trump avoided mentioning the 2005 recording or a series of accusations by women… Her audiences were mainly active volunteers for the Trump campaign, and the news media was kept at a distance as Ms. Trump was whisked in and out of her appearances.” [NYTimes]

“Repulsed By Trump Tape But Sticking With Him” by Stewart Ain: “A board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Kenneth Bialkin, said he disagreed with those who believe Trump’s comments disqualified him from being president. “I think he was tricked into saying things, and he was speaking during a period of time in life when most men are more sex driven,” he said. “He’s now at a different age and nobody should read into it — that was then and this is now.” Bialkin stressed that he has still “not decided nor given any money to either side” in the presidential race, but he added: “My inclination at the moment is that Trump makes a lot of statements that are sensible.”” [JewishWeek] • Why this Jewish millennial woman supports Trump [DCExaminer]

“US voters in Israel say iVoteIsrael flubbed absentee ballot requests” by Lahav Harkov: “Tzeira Ostrovsky, a Tel Aviv resident who is registered to vote in Virginia, submitted a ballot request at [an] iVoteIsrael event, only to find during a recent visit to the US that her request was also never received. “ [Jpost]

“Clinton or Trump: The Jewish dilemma” by Yossi Shain: “Surprisingly, the Israeli issue has almost disappeared in this election. The Democratic camp is avoiding a conflict with the Israeli government at this stage, for fear that the Jewish forces in the center that applauded Trump at the AIPAC conference will take a further step and vote for him.” [Ynet]

“Cut Ties to Donald Trump, Big Donors Urge R.N.C.” by Jonathan Martin,Alex Burns and Maggie Haberman: “We’re headed for destruction,” said Al Hoffman, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman and a longtime Florida donor. Bruce Kovner, a New York investor and philanthropist who with his wife has given $2.7 million to Republicans over the same period, was just as blunt. “He is a dangerous demagogue completely unsuited to the responsibilities of a United States president,” Mr. Kovner wrote in an email, referring to Mr. Trump.” [NYTimes]

“Axelrod: ‘It’s going to be a rough 27 days for the country’” by Louis Nelson: “I don’t think that he can pull her down to the degree or depress turnout to a degree to offset some of the negatives that he’s amassing here,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning. “But this is a particularly dispiriting tactic. And a dispiriting campaign. I think it’s going to be a rough 27 days for the country.” [Politico

Chemi Shalev on the consequences of Trump’s downfall: “Jewish Republicans will be deserting the party in droves, leaving Sheldon Adelson alone among the ruins. And the political Iron Dome that Benjamin Netanyahu has relied on for the past quarter century to support and protect him against leftist, liberal U.S. Democrats could corrode and crumble, leaving him – and Israel, if you are so inclined – alone and vulnerable.” [Haaretz

HEARD YESTERDAY – Biden on Hillary: “When she came to the Senate, I was her rabbi.” [CSPAN]

PROFILE: “The Obscure Lawyer Who Became Donald Trump’s TV Attack Dog” by Barry Meier and Susanne Craig: “After the 2013 death of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, Boris Epshteyn praised the Democratic lawmaker for backing a law that helped religious minorities like his Russian Jewish family emigrate to the United States. “Thank you, Senator Lautenberg, for helping open the door to America,” he wrote in an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report. Before this year, Mr. Epshteyn was a relatively minor player in Republican politics.” [NYTimes]

“Marco Rubio Announces Cross-Party Jewish Leadership Team” by Jacob Kornbluh:“Prominent members of the Jewish leadership team include megadonor Norman Braman, Former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, Ambassador Mel Sembler, Betty Sembler, Ambassador Ned Siegel, Simon and Jana Falic, Marc Goldman, Bob Diener, and Stanley Tate, among others. “Marco is the leader the people of the Jewish community need,” said Sembler.” [JewishInsider]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Discovery Investing $100 Million to Merge Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo in New Digital Venture. The new company, Group Nine Media, will be headed by Ben Lerer [Variety• Daniel Schreiber, Lemonade CEO, discusses how his start-up company plans to disrupt traditional insurers through its peer-to-peer model organized around charities [CNBC] • How Israel builds its hi-tech start-ups [BBC]
“BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, Keshet Studios Developing Israeli Game Show ‘Touch'” by Natalie Jarvey: “The show is based on Touch, a Keshet game show that airs in Israel that asks contestants to point out the incongruities in photos they see on a screen as a clock counts down. Now, BFMP and Keshet will look to create a game show that will air on linear television while simultaneously launching online and via mobile devices. The show is being developed to air on television and to be syndicated digitally through BuzzFeed’s distribution channels.” [HollywoodReporter]
“Will Frank Gehry build an architectural icon for Tel Aviv?” by Danielle Berrin: “Growing up as a Jewish kid in Canada, my grandfather read Talmud to me,” he said. “The creativity our culture is known for comes from the Talmud, [because] the Talmud embodies curiosity. It starts with ‘why,’ and that curiosity leads us to discovery.”  For Gehry, Jewish achievement is inseparable from Jewish history and heritage. “I grew up in a town 500 miles north of Toronto with 30 other Jewish families,” he said. “I got accused of killing Christ so many times. [And] I remember when I first heard Hitler’s speeches; I never forgot that cadence and anger. … When the State of Israel was created, it meant a lot to my father and grandfather, and it means a lot to me.” [JewishJournal]

SPORTS BLINK: “Vikings Fans, Israel Football Leader Make Overseas Trip to U.S. Bank Stadium” by Lindsey Young: “Vikings Owner Mark Wilf is a sponsor of Israel’s national team, and when he received word that Ben and Shira were coming to Minnesota to attend back-to-back Vikings games at U.S. Bank Stadium, he reached out and invited them to visit the team’s headquarters.”[Vikings]

“This Hockey Engagement Shoot at the Verizon Center is Every Caps Super-Fan’s Dream” by Caroline Cunningham: “Considering that Erica Strudler and Isaac Snyder are huge fans of the Washington Capitals in addition to huge fans of each other, there could have been no better place for their engagement shoot than on the team’s ice itself. Hockey has been a part of Erica and Isaac’s relationship from the beginning. They met for the first time in middle school while at the Maccabi Games in St. Louis—Erica was there to captain the softball team, while Isaac captained the hockey team.” [Washingtonian]

Yitz Applbaum on the Wine of the Week — Sancerre, Chavignol, 2012: “They say that you can take the boy out of Oakland, but you can never take Oakland out of the boy. My group of friends from Oakland recently enjoyed its first collective “out of town” wedding and it was quite the splash. The overly cautious Kosher caterer wanted to make sure that not one drop of fine non-mevushal wine would make its way into the Shabbat festivities. Luckily, we chose both a perfect method to sneak some non-mevushal wine into the meal and an equally edgy wine to fit the occasion.”

“The Sancerre Chavignol, 2012 is one of the greatest kosher white wines to hit the market, ever. This predominantly Sauvignon Blanc based wine is very dry to the tongue’s touch. It then splashes into one’s mid palate with a subtle nutty flavor and then finishes with a grapefruit explosion. The nose is earthy to start, and fruity if you hang around long enough. The off-yellow, green color is also of note. My guess is that it comes from the limestone earth from where the grapes are grown. This wine will last for years to come, or possibly only minutes once you put it in your goblet. Drink it with sharp cheese, Chilean Sea Bass, and if you want to be very adventurous, sardines.”

WEEKEND BIRTHDAYS: Emeritus professor of history at the University of London, Shula Eta Winokur Marks turns 78… Fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz) turns 77… Former Major League Baseball player (1965-1972) for the Reds, Mets, Cubs and Athletics, Art Shamsky turns 75… Author, political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Norman Ornstein turns 68… Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi turns 55… Marsha Grossman… President and co-founder of the R Street Institute, a  DC based free-market think tank, Eli Lehrer… International trade attorney who held senior posts in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Ira Shapiro…

Billionaire real estate developer and owner of MLB’s Washington Nationals (who maintains MLB’s only Kosher owners’ box), Ted Lerner turns 91… Vice Chairman of the US Federal Reserve since 2014, after an 8 year term at the helm of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer turns 73… Billionaire, media mogul, major donor to the Democratic Party and producer of Power Rangers, Haim Saban turns 72… Former mayoral press secretary during the Bloomberg administration in NYC, now a political communications strategist, Stu Loeser turns 43… Alain Cohen… Neil Kugelman… Heiko Stoiber… Jack Newman… Kenneth Griffin…

Film director, producer, screenwriter and creator of the The Naked Gun franchise, David Zucker turns 69… Best selling French novelist, one of whose books was made into Steven Spielberg’s “Just like Heaven,” Marc Levy turns 55… Author and staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, Ariel Levy turns 42… Avi Fink turns 31…

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