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FIRST LOOK — Businessweek Cover Story: “Haim Saban wants to put Clinton in the White House and take Univision public” by Devin Leonard: “Haim Saban flew to Jerusalem in his private jet on Sept. 29 to attend the funeral of his friend Shimon Peres. It was an event attended by numerous world leaders. Saban gave one of them a lift: former U.S. President Bill Clinton. In Saban’s telling, it wasn’t a big deal. “I called and asked, ‘Are you going to go?’ ” he says, recalling his conversation with Clinton. “He said, ‘Yeah, I’m going.’ I said, ‘I’m going, too. Do you need a ride?’ ” So Saban picked up Clinton and his entourage at a small airport in Teterboro, N.J. After the funeral, Saban would have been happy to fly Clinton home, but his passenger got a better offer. President Barack Obama invited Clinton to ride back on Air Force One, which idled on the same tarmac as Saban’s jet. Saban channels Clinton looking back and forth between the two planes: “It was like, ‘Air Force One, Saban Air, Air Force One, Saban Air? OK, I’ll go with Air Force One!’ ” Saban says he understood.”

— “Gossip about powerful friends, a lot of uncheckable dialogue, and a punchline—that’s typical Saban. The 72-year-old Israeli-American speaks five languages and is a gifted storyteller whose ability to entertain has helped him become an almost royal personage in Hollywood. Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, another of Saban’s friends, says, “He’s perceptive and perseverant. All that wealth that he created for himself, he did on his own.” Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former CEO of DreamWorks Animation, pays Saban the ultimate Hollywood compliment: “It’s easy to be charmed by Haim. But underneath that, there is just a laser-focused, razor-sharp, take-no-prisoners killer.”

— “At his Beverly Hills home, Saban says he’s not looking for anything if Clinton is elected—not even a chance to be a back channel between the White House and the Israeli government, as some have speculated. “I will tell you exactly what I want,” he says. “And no one in the world, be it the president of the United States or the prime minister of Israel or whomever, can give me that. Only I can give me that. I just want to be Haim Saban. That’s all. I don’t want to change anything in my life.” [BloombergBW] • See Saban on Businessweek’s cover [Pic]

More Podesta emails — “Saban Urged Clinton to Do More to Get Jewish Votes” by Jacob Kornbluh: “She needs to differentiate herself from Obama on Israel,” Saban said in an email to Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta on June 20, 2015. “It can easily be done w/o criticizing the President,and this so that she can recapture the 11% lost between 2012 and 1992.” “Let’s not allow them to [steal] the Jewish vote from us,” the Democratic megadonor implored. “This is NOT a NY or California issue. It is a Florida one,” Saban wrote.” [JewishInsider

A day later – Jake Sullivan emailed Stuart Eizenstat: “I was talking to HRC today about the idea of having her meet with some Jewish leaders later this week about BDS/delegitimization efforts. She and the leaders could go out and make a statement following the meeting.” Eizenstat: “It is a very tricky issue, if you want to do anything more than have Hillary weigh-in against BDS. The real question is whether to acknowledge for many of the leaders no change in Israeli policy will satisfy them. But their ability to get supporters on US campuses and in European public opinion and EU foreign ministers comes not from anti-Israel or anti-Semitic views, but because of sincere concerns with Israeli settlement policy. Although I know Hillary is close to Haim Saban, his partnership with Sheldon Adelson, who has a Likud agenda, may not be the best offensive against BDS. Obviously, she should not in any way criticize this initiative, quite the contrary. But she should stress the critical importance of AVOIDING MAKING ISRAEL A PARTISAN ISSUE… I think it is important for Hillary not to alienate or criticize liberal Democrats and liberal Jews, but to make the point that joining the BDS campaign is NOT the appropriate way to respond to concerns about Israeli settlement policy.” [06-21-2015

Saban and the Clinton Foundation – Michèle Flournoy: “Our understanding is that POLITICO is working on a number of articles that touch upon the foundation. A number of the questions also touch upon State. There appears to be particular interest in Haim Saban. Below are 3 such questions. It has been reported that the State Department rejected a consultancy the president proposed with Saban Capital Group. Is that so? Or was there never a formal objection from State to that arrangement? Did it go forward? Who paid the expenses associated with President Clinton’s travel to Israel in December 2009 to speak at the Saban Forum? The travel expenses were paid for by Haim Saban.” [02-22-2015

Re: Hillary’s phone call with Malcolm Hoenlein on Iran deal – Sullivan: “If you both continue to agree that taking a call from Malcolm makes sense, I can get it teed up tomorrow or Friday. There are two keys, from my perspective. First, that you and he agree what he is going to say about it — something simple like, “she thinks we need to all work together to put the relationship on a more constructive footing, to get back to basics, and to ensure that Israel never becomes a partisan issue.” Second, that if he raises Iran, you tell him you’d be happy to discuss at some point in greater detail but not get pulled into a long conversation.” Hillary: “I’d rather he reach out and say he wants to talk to me and then I can call him back. Also, will you coordinate w WH?” [03-25-2015

Jeremy Ben-Ami to Podesta: “It was good to see you Friday, and I really appreciate your taking time to hear about J Street’s recent growth and to talk about how we can best relate to and assist the campaign, in particular on issues related to Israel and the Middle East. At the meeting, you asked me to forward the list of target states for our Iran related campaign.” [07-13-2015

“Clinton camp held conference call about Chelsea’s mother-in-law” by Hanna Trudo: “In 2014, Margolies sought to resurrect her career in Congress by running in a crowded Democratic primary for the seat left open by Rep. Allyson Schwartz. Naturally, Margolies was hoping for some support from her well-connected in-laws. Aides in Clinton’s inner circle grappled with how to handle the delicate situation. A public show of support for Margolies would have required taking sides in a contested Democratic primary election in a politically important state — and Chelsea’s mother-in-law was, a decade earlier, the subject of unflattering media attention surrounding her family’s finances.” [Politico]

“Clinton bashes Trump over Russia praise, but emails show she praised Putin” by Cody Derespina: “Clinton went into detail during remarks to the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago on Oct. 28, 2013. “In terms of interesting, Vladimir Putin is always interesting,” she said.” [FoxNews]• Hacked Clinton Advisor Email About Catholics Sparks Republican Outcry [Fortune]

“Republican mega-donors ramp up efforts to hold Congress after Trump tape” by Peter Stone: “Victory for us is keeping the Senate and the latest disgusting episode doesn’t help us,” said Michael Epstein of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a staunchly pro-Israel group heavily backed by Adelson. “Trump is a destructive force … He’s hurting the country, the GOP and the Trump brand.”[Guardian• Ryan sounds alarm on Trump [Politico]

“Trump to Intensify Attacks on Clinton Over Husband’s Accusers” by Joshua Green: “The plan to intensify the focus on the Clintons and sexual violence is being spearheaded by campaign CEO Stephen Bannon, Bossie, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, multiple campaign officials confirm.”[Bloomberg

For the first time, The Jewish Week endorses a presidential candidate: “Never before has a candidate so ill-equipped for the demands of the Oval Office — in temperament, experience, character, compassion and humility — been so close to its doors… Ironically, the one group among us most favorable to Donald Trump is the Orthodox community, known for its piety, modesty and respect for leaders with spiritual and intellectual authority. Yet Trump, who represents the antithesis of those values, is said to be favored by a significant percentage among the Orthodox.” [JewishWeek]

Peter Beinart: “AIPAC has treated Trump like he’s Mitt Romney or Michael Dukakis – just another presidential nominee… But the Deseret News had a tradition of not meddling in presidential elections. It broke it to oppose an ignorant, bigoted demagogue whose election would threaten American liberal democracy. If AIPAC’s leaders really cared about the danger Trump poses, they would alter their tradition too.” [Haaretz]

“No, Jewish Conservatives Haven’t Been Silent on Trump. They’ve Been Leading the Resistance” by Yair Rosenberg: “It would be revealing to press anti-Trump Jewish conservatives on whether they are satisfied with the RJC’s approach to Trump. But asking that question would require knowing more about the Jewish right than Politico does. Why bother relitigating this now? Because Jewish conservatives deserve credit for their courage, not disingenuous disparagement.” [Tablet]

Tom Friedman: “The bigger Clinton’s margin of victory, the less dependent she’d be, I hope, on the left wing of her party, and the more likely she’d work with Republicans, as she vowed during the last debate. I say “hope” because I don’t know who the real Hillary is — the more Bernie Sanderish one speaking publicly or the more Bill Clintonish one who spoke privately to Goldman Sachs.” [NYTimes]

Pence goes farther than Trump on Iran deal, says U.S will ‘rip up’: “The Indiana governor and  foreign policy hawk declared to loud audience cheers, “when Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America, we’re going to rip up the Iran deal!” He promised, “we’re going to marshal our allies, and we will not allow the leading state-sponsor of terrorism to ever obtain a usable nuclear weapon.” The position of ripping the Iran nuclear deal up would go further than what Trump has expressed in the past.” [CBSNews]

KAFE KNESSET — Dore Gold Resigns — by Amir Tibon & Tal Shalev: Dore Gold, the Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, announced his resignation today due to “personal reasons,” leaving the office with no one effectively in charge, as for the last year and a half, there hasn’t been a full time Foreign Minister in Jerusalem. As Director General of the Foreign Ministry, he was Israel’s chief diplomat, and worked (among other things) to improve Israel’s standing in Africa and on the country’s secret relationships in the Arab world.

“I will continue to offer my services to the Prime Minister in any future mission,” he wrote in a letter to MFA employees. According to our sources in Jerusalem, Gold will now return to his previous position at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs – a think tank operating from the German Colony neighborhood in Israel’s capital.

The surprising resignation prompted speculation about the real reason behind it. According to one version we heard, Gold — a former Israeli Ambassador to the UN who has worked closely with Netanyahu for two decades — was tired of being excluded from the PM’s closest circle of advisers. Netanyahu’s personal attorney Isaac Molcho and Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer wield enormous influence, especially with regard to the MOU negotiations and peace talks with the Palestinians (which Molcho essentially runs alone).

Channel 2’s Udi Segal added that Gold was upset by Netanyahu’s recent decision to appoint MK Michael Oren as a Deputy Minister for Diplomacy. Last month, as Netanyahu embarked on his traditional visit to the UN General Assembly in New York, Oren joined the PM’s entourage, while Gold arrived with a separate MFA delegation. Another possible explanation is that Gold understood that a unity government with the Labor Party is likely – as has been reported by a number of Israelis news outlets – and realized that his authority inside the ministry would be undercut if and when Isaac Herzog becomes a full-time Foreign Minister.

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Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook yesterday… “Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, asks us to reflect on the past year. For those whom I have hurt, I ask forgiveness. For those whom I could have helped more, I ask for understanding. For all the ways I could have served the world better, I ask for strength to be better this coming year. May you all be inscribed in the book of life. May we all be better this coming year than the last.” [Facebook] • h/t Adam Finkel

SPOTLIGHT: “Paul Singer doubles down on Samsung despite exploding phones” by James Covert and Carleton English: “That’s despite the fact that Singer was subjected to a blistering spate of anti-Semitic attacks from South Korean media last year as his hedge fund, Elliott Management, agitated against a power play by Samsung’s controlling Lee family. “Elliott’s CEO is Paul Singer, a Jew,” Mediapen, a local business news outlet wrote in a story last summer as the proxy battle came to a head. “Jewish money has long been known to be ruthless and merciless.” Samsung, a big advertiser for Mediapen, was forced not only to denounce the diatribe but also scrub a cartoon published on its own subsidiary’s Web site that depicted Singer as a money-obsessed “Vulture Man.” On Wednesday, two firms controlled by Singer, Blake Capital and Potter Capital, displayed no vitriol as they outlined their proposals.” [NYPost]

“GOP Pollster Frank Luntz Reveals Replicas of the Oval Office, Monica Lewinsky’s Blue Dress in His L.A. Home” by Peter Kiefer: “When Frank Luntz’s mother, Phyllys, died two years ago, he decided to honor her in a unique way: He would build an exact replica of the Oval Office inside his Brentwood compound. “She always wanted me to be the first Jewish president,” says the prominent (and sometimes controversial) Republican pollster, seated under the gaze of a portrait of America’s first gentile president, George Washington. The completion of the Oval Office, which adjoins a replica of the Lincoln Bedroom, is the crowning achievement in a seven-year, multimillion-dollar renovation to turn Luntz’s 14,000-square-foot California ranch home into a showcase for one of the most impressive collections of American arcana in Los Angeles — and likely anywhere.” [HollywoodReporter]

“Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature” by Sewell Chan: “The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy. The announcement, in Stockholm, came as something of a surprise; although Mr. Dylan, 75, has been mentioned often as having an outside shot at the prize, his work does not fit into the traditional literary canons of novels, poetry and short stories that the prize has traditionally recognized.” [NYTimes]

TALK OF THE TOWN: “A lawsuit in California and violent protests in Brooklyn have focused on the practice of ritual chicken slaughter. Is this anti-Semitism?” by Emma Green:“Last Friday, a district-court judge in California issued a temporary restraining order forbidding the Chabad of Irvine, an Orthodox Jewish organization, from killing any chickens until a hearing could be held. The court session was then scheduled to take place the day after Yom Kippur concluded, meaning the Chabad of Irvine would be effectively barred from performing the ritual this year… The California suit may amount to nothing more than a nuisance for the Jewish community, but the message seems to be deeper than any court filing: This is a protest by Jews, against Jews, and it will likely continue in the new year to come.” [TheAtlantic]

DESSERT: “Kosher Bistro holds grand opening ceremony” by Stuart Smith: “The bistro will act as a home of cultural food for the Jewish community of Colorado State University, and also as a place for all students to eat food they know was made cleanly and safely. There are currently 155 colleges throughout the United States that serve kosher, with CSU and CU Boulder being the only two universities in the northern Midwest that make it available.” [Collegian]

Comic Conukkah! Crown Heights synagogue hosting Jewish cartoon fest” by Colin Mixson: “More than a dozen of God’s Chosen comic book artists will converge at Congregation Kol Israel in Crown Heights on Nov. 13 to present and discuss their work at the first ever Jewish Comic Con… “Fifteen contemporary Jewish comic artists — including “The Red Hook” creator Dean Haspiel and veteran New York cartoonist Mort Gerberg — will appear at the St. John’s Place synagogue. “We have a panel on the Batman universe, called ‘The Jewishness of Batman,’ whose creator, Bob Cain, was Jewish,” [Convention organizer Fabrice] Sapolsky said.” [BrooklynPaper

BIRTHDAYS: Music composer and alto saxophonist, Lee Konitz turns 89… Musician, singer, songwriter, best known for his lead role in the Simon & Garfunkel duo, Paul Simon turns 75… Former White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush (2001-2003), now a sports media consultant, Ari Fleischer turns 56… Award winning actor, comedian, and screenwriter, Sacha Baron Cohen turns 45… Sonia Bordo… Rick Lamke… Following a two year stint at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, he enrolled at Harvard Law School, Josh Friedmann…

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Daily Kickoff: Jeffrey Goldberg named Atlantic EIC | Goldwater’s response when told ‘Jews can’t play golf here’ | David Remnick on Leonard Cohen

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Ed note: Wishing you all a meaningful Yom Kippur and an easy fast. May you be sealed for a good year in the Book of Life. We’ll be back on Thursday.

DRIVING THE CONVERSATION: “Jeffrey Goldberg named editor of The Atlantic” by Mike Allen: “Goldberg, a 51-year-old Brooklyn native who is now a national correspondent for the venerable magazine, will succeed James Bennet, who left to become editorial-page editor of The New York Times in May. Goldberg, who was last an editor when he was in college at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid-1980s, said he had not expected to become The Atlantic’s top editor. “It’s certainly true that this was not in my plan for 2016,” he said in a telephone interview on Monday. But, he added, “It started coming up in conversation a couple of months after James left, and I had to take it seriously.”” [Politico; NYTimes] • See the memo from Atlantic Chairman David Bradley [AtlanticMedia]

TOP TALKER: “Univision owner Haim Saban pushes Clinton team to Latino strategy” by Hadas Gold: “Haim thinks we are under reacting to Trump/Hispanics. Thinks we can get something by standing up for Latinos or attacking R’s for not condemning,” Clinton campaign chair John Podesta wrote to senior members of the campaign. Clinton campaign vice chair Huma Abedin wrote back that “if Haim is raising it, it means he’s hearing it from his Univision colleagues.” But in later emails from August of 2015, Saban seemed concerned that Univision was appearing to be too pro-Clinton. He forwarded to Abedin an article from Hot Air published in May of 2015, headlined “The press is starting to notice Univision’s pro-Hillary boosterism”, which linked to a piece by POLITICO about the deep Univision/Clinton relationship. “I have nothing to do with it,” Saban wrote. “i NEVER tell our news dep. What to cover.,,,unlike some of my peers.” Abedin replied “welcome to our world!”

— “That doesn’t mean Saban didn’t enjoy when Univision helped Clinton. Rob Friedman, former Co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group sent Saban an email praising Univision’s Democratic debate from March of 2016.  “I just wanted to tell you that I thought the moderators for last nights Debate were excellent,” Friedman wrote. “They were thoughtful, tough and incisive. I thought it made Hilary appear direct and strong in her resolve. I felt it advanced our candidate. Thanks for Univision.” “I like this one,” Saban wrote, forwarding the note to Clinton’s top staff.” [Politico;WashPost]

More emails – Saban disclosure: “I love selling cartoons,,,,much easier,,,,AND profitable. :)” [08-23-2015]

In February, Saban forwarded an excerpt from Jewish Insider‘s Daily Kickoff to Podesta about Rubio’s Jewish outreach in Florida and how 61% of Floridians opposed the Iran deal. Saban wrote, “I know you know,,, but still wanted to share.” [02-29-2016]

Saban clarifies comments on Iran deal: “Huma ,,,,Laura forwarded your enquiry to me. It was an interview on Israeli TV in Hebrew,,,,,on the day she announced,,,,,, someone took my statement and translated it freely to English,and stated what THEY wanted to state NOT what I said. Never said that she opposes the deal,,,said” I don’t know and if I knew I couldn’t say”…..they took out the part that said “I don’t know”,,,kept the rest and then concluded that it’s a hint that she opposes,,,,,baloney stuff.,,,,, All questions that I am asked about policy I simply answer “I don’t know”,,,,,and I just praise her experience courage persistence tenacity etc,,,,no policy discussions. The Hill needs to go the Hebrew lessons if they want to quote Hebrew interviews.” Podesta: “No big deal and not even a small deal. I’m sure it was great in Hebrew.” [04-19-2015

Stu Eizenstat clarifies Bibi is not concerned with Hillary’s views on Israel: “What he meant was that they are concerned that the focus of an HRC Administration would be on the Palestinian peace process and two state solution, rather than on the external threats to Israel (Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas), and that the Administration would be populated with officials of this bent. He was less worried about HRC’s own views.” [12-11-2015]

Deploying Hillary to combat BDS: “Once informed about Hillary Clinton’s letter opposing BDS, the favorable/unfavorable views held by students regarding pro-BDS arguments shifted 11 points in the right direction. Just a reflection that she remains a trusted source to students on these issues.” [01-29-2016]

“Netanyahu to Kerry: I Expect U.S. Won’t Advance UN Resolution on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Before Obama Leaves Office” by Barak Ravid: “Netanyahu made the comments in a telephone conversation with Kerry on Saturday night. A senior Israeli official who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter said that, in the call, Netanyahu presented Kerry with Israel’s position on the matter… Haaretz has learned that in the portion of the call devoted to possible steps at the UN Security Council, for the most part Kerry listened, but ultimately told the prime minister that the U.S. administration has still not made any decision on the issue.” [Haaretz

“New U.S. guidance on Iran sanctions seeks to reassure banks” by Joel Schectman and Yeganeh Torbati: “A U.S. Treasury spokeswoman said on Monday the changes were “intended to clarify the scope of sanctions lifting” under the nuclear deal, and do not amount to additional sanctions relief for Iran. But Iran may not see the new guidance as enough to address the hurdles to doing business. Hossein Ghazavi, a vice-minister in Iran’s economy ministry, said on Monday the changes still left doubts for banks.” [Reuters] • Foundation for Defense of Democracies Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on how the White House gave Tehran more access to dollars [WSJOpinion

AIPAC memo: “This new edict accelerates a pattern of undeserved concessions to Tehran as it simultaneously escalates its terrorist activities, ballistic missile tests, and human rights violations. Undeserved concessions going beyond the JCPOA only reinforce Tehran’s propensity to violate its international obligations and ultimately undermine the JCPOA itself.”

“Oren: Debates don’t work in Israel” by Gil Hoffman: “Israel should not hold American- style televised debates because they do not work in a multiparty system, Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) said.” [JPost]

SUNDAY NIGHT DEBATE SCENE — Rabbi Hershey Novack, Director of Chabad on Campus at WashU, located within the security perimeters of the debate hall, shared the following with us: “Students gathered at the Chabad House for a watch party and could hear the cheers (and jeers) from the nearby athletic complex where the debate was held. However, the build up for the debate was far greater than its content. Few students changed their views about the candidates, nor were they better informed about their positions. Many were disappointed at the overall tenor of the discussion and wanted to get their 90 minutes back.”

“Obama’s ‘red line’ haunts Clinton, Trump” by Michael Crowley: “She was there as Secretary of State with the so-called line in the sand,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to what is usually called Obama’s “red line.” “No I wasn’t. I was gone,” Clinton protested. “At some point we need to get the facts out.” But the facts are less convenient than either Clinton or Trump suggested. Although she was a private citizen at the time, Clinton did play a supporting role in the red line saga.” [Politico]

Josh Rogin on Trump’s Syria policy: “It’s probably not a coincidence that Trump’s description of the situation in Syria largely tracks with the Russian government propaganda line, because Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have roughly the same worldview. The bottom line is that Trump doesn’t understand basic facts about the crises in the Middle East and he stubbornly refuses to learn.”[WashPost

“Springsteen and others focus on election at New Yorker fest” by Jocelyn Noveck: “At a late-night panel, comedian Sarah Silverman explained to New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz that although she’d been a huge supporter of Bernie Sanders in the primaries, she couldn’t understand Sanders supporters who weren’t supporting Clinton now. Clinton, she said, had listened to Sanders’ ideas.” [AP]

“Paul Ryan Turns Focus From Donald Trump to House Races, Roiling G.O.P.” by Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin: “Ryan informed Republican lawmakers on a morning conference call that he would never again campaign for Mr. Trump and would dedicate himself instead to defending the party’s majority in Congress. Over the course of an hour, a stream of conservative lawmakers urged their colleagues not to give up on Mr. Trump and chided Mr. Ryan for what they described as surrendering prematurely in the presidential race.” [NYTimes] • “Inside Ryan’s decision to (almost) dump Trump”[Politico]

Dan Senor explained Ryan’s move on Bloomberg’s WADR: “He felt that this was different than a lot of the things that we have heard in the past, basically saying, ‘I don’t want to be part of the Trump presidential campaign.’ If Hillary wins and wins big, which looks increasingly likely, then she’s probably going to take the Senate with her. And the only thing standing between a Clinton presidency and Clinton overreach, and some hope for normalcy, is that House majority.” [Bloomberg]

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SPOTLIGHT: “Cofix Enters Russia With Coffee at Fraction of Starbucks Prices” by Ilya Khrennikov: “Cofix Group Ltd., an Israeli operator of a low-cost coffee chain, began expanding abroad with a cafe in Moscow, seeking to lure Russian consumers with cappuccino at a fraction of Starbucks Corp.’s price amid the country’s worst recession in two decades.” [Bloomberg]

AIRING TODAY — PBS’ The Contenders — 16 for ’16 on Barry Goldwater: “His father was Jewish, his mother was Episcopalian, so the story goes that one day he walked up to the Phoenix Golf & Country Club, and they all knew who Barry Goldwater was, and he said he would like to play. They responded, “we’re terribly sorry we can’t let you play, we don’t allow Jews to play here.” And he paused for a second and said, “well I’m only half-Jewish, can I play 9 holes?” [YouTube]

LongRead: “Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker” by David Remnick: “He was brought up in Westmount, a predominantly Anglophone neighborhood, where the city’s well-to-do Jews lived. The men in his family, particularly on his father’s side, were the “dons” of Jewish Montreal. His grandfather, Cohen told me, “was probably the most significant Jew in Canada,” the founder of a range of Jewish institutions; in the wake of anti-Semitic pogroms in the Russian imperium, he saw to it that countless refugees made it to Canada. “I have a deep tribal sense,” he said. “I grew up in a synagogue that my ancestors built. I sat in the third row. My family was decent.” In 1972, Cohen, now accompanied by a full complement of musicians and singers, arrived in Jerusalem at the end of a long tour. “I am committed to the survival of the Jewish people,” he told an interviewer at the time… To this day, Cohen reads deeply in a multivolume edition of the Zohar, the principal text of Jewish mysticism; the Hebrew Bible; and Buddhist texts.”[NewYorker

“Israeli bodyguard to keep Kim Kardashian safe” by Ayala Or-El: “Cohen is an Israeli-American who was born in Canada. After moving to Los Angeles with his family with his family at age two, he made Aliyah when he was 17. A year later, he was drafted into the IDF as a lone soldier, where he served as a Mista’arav (undercover soldier pretending to be Arab) in the elite Duvdevan Unit. After he finished his army service, Cohen returned to the US and started a security company catering to celebrities. His company has worked with some of the biggest names in showbiz, from singer Katy Perry to actor Brad Pitt and even the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kardashian’s husband, singer Kanye West, was the one who reportedly called Cohen, in an effort to tighten the security around his wife.” [Ynet

“James Packer’s ex fiancée Kate Fischer has revealed she’s more than happy with her new life as reclusive T’ziporah Malka bat Israel” by Chloe-Lee Longhetti: “James Packer’s ex fiancée Kate Fischer has revealed she’s more than happy with her new life as reclusive T’ziporah Malka bat Israel. The 42-year-old exclusively told Daily Mail Australia she’s happy with the new life she leads, one that is completely out of the spotlight. She now works as a therapist and has embraced orthodox Judaism.”[DailyMail

PROFILE: “Meet the Israeli lawmaker who wants to turn Jerusalem’s Islamic holy site into a Jewish temple” by Ruth Eglash and William Booth: “Yehuda Glick’s flaming red hair isn’t the only thing that makes him stand out. But he is best known as an activist who is demanding that Jews be allowed to pray at one of Islam’s holiest sites. Jews call it the Temple Mount, believed to be where the first and second temples once stood.” [WashPost]

Victoria Gardner Coates, former foreign policy advisor to Ted Cruz, writes about the Jerusalem exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: “Ultimately, “Every People Under Heaven” functions as a highbrow gloss on the movement to define Jerusalem as anything but Jewish, and so to undermine Israel’s sovereignty. A more aggressive approach will be on display at Unesco on Thursday during the vote on the resolution defining Jerusalem as a global city with a universal rather than a national identity… It would be more productive to try to learn from the painful realities of medieval Jerusalem, not to revise its history.” [WSJ

SPORTS BLINK: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls Kaepernick’s Protest ‘Dumb’ and ‘Arrogant’” by Eric Levitz: “Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg told Yahoo News’s Katie Couric, in reference to Kaepernick and other NFL players who had declined to publicly honor the nation’s flag. “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.” [NYMag]

TALK OF THE TOWN: “Jewish Families Leave Happy Rosh Hashana Fliers at Lafayette BART Station” by Lisa Fernandez: “Rebecca Bauer-Kahan of Orinda, a member at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek, told NBC Bay Area that she and four other families left Happy Rosh Hashana fliers on cars two days before the start of the Jewish New Year. She and her friends left about 600 Happy Jewish New Year greetings on the cars on Sept. 30, two days after a man in a Santa hat was seen by a witness leaving anti-Semitic fliers in the same lot.” [NBCBayArea]

SCENE SUNDAY IN DC — Well over 100 friends, spanning multiple generations and geographic locations, gathered at The Mansion on O Street to celebrate the 60th birthday of Jonathan Kessler, AIPAC’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. In lieu of gifts, guests donated Judaica and books to the Mansion’s museum. Brunch was served in five of the Mansion’s hundred rooms, including a dessert spread featuring a birthday cake covered with Israeli and American flags. Attendees included decades of various AIPAC campus leaders, Jewish organizational leaders, along with a number of Jonathan’s Palestinian and Syrian friends. Greetings were sent by Yossi Klein Halevi, Gal Hirsh and Prince Emmanuel Ben Yehuda of the African Hebrew Israelites.

SPOTTED: AIPAC’s Howard Kohr, Schusterman Foundation’s Lisa Eisen, Tom Dine, Gidi & Betty Grinstein, Laura Blumenfeld, Ellen Kessler, Strategist Mark Penn, Nancy Jacobson, Hillel’s Eric Fingerhut, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Israel on Campus Coalition’s Jacob Baime, Brian Jaffee, Hillel’s Sheila Katz, Arielle Poleg, Larry Haas, E Kinney Zalesne.

BIRTHDAYS: Professor emeritus of history at UCLA, winner of both a MacArthur genius fellowship and the Israel Prize, Saul Friedländer turns 84… Tony award and Emmy award winning film, stage and TV actor, Ron Leibman turns 79… Israeli novelist and documentary filmmaker, Amos Gitai turns 66… Israeli diplomat whose postings as ambassador include both the UK and the UN, Ron Prosor turns 58… Actress Michelle Trachtenberg turns 31… Sol Majer… Michael Dickson… Peter Turman… Mark Gurvis…

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Daily Kickoff: Wikileaks reveals Clinton campaign’s channel with Israeli government | US eases Iran sanctions | ‘Hollywood’s Mr. Nice Guy’ – Ron Meyer

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DEBATE RECAP: “Trump stays alive: Four weeks to go, the race is locked as Clinton fails to deal death blow” by Eli Stokols: “The ugliest presidential debate in the country’s history began with the two candidates taking the stage without shaking hands and will be remembered for Donald Trump’s threat to put Hillary Clinton in jail, his statement that she has “hate in her heart” and by his stunning decision to put three women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual abuse in the front row. But the sad spectacle did more to cement the broader 2016 campaign in the annals as a low point for the nation’s political discourse and civility than to alter a race between the two most unpopular nominees ever that is hardening as it enters the final stretch.” [Politico]

Ann Lewis tells us: “Hillary had a different goal this time. Donald Trump had already put himself on the defensive with his words (and actions). Hillary used the opportunity to talk to voters about her ideas and experience – including what she was doing for 30 years to make a difference in people’s lives. Trump tried to put her on the defensive and totally failed.”

Highlights – Trump challenged Clinton on the Iran deal: “By the way, with Iran, who you made very powerful with the dumbest deal perhaps I’ve ever seen in the history of deal-making, the Iran deal, with the $150 billion, with the $1.7 billion in cash, which is enough to fill up this room. But look at that deal. Iran now and Russia are now against us… It’s Iran, who she made strong and Kerry and Obama made into a very powerful nation and a very rich nation, very, very quickly, very, very quickly.”

Clinton: ”I think wherever we can cooperate with Russia, that’s fine. And I did as secretary of state. That’s how we got a treaty reducing nuclear weapons. It’s how we got the sanctions on Iran that put a lid on the Iranian nuclear program without firing a single shot.”

“Trump says Putin and Assad are helping in fight against ISIS” by Andrew Buncombe:“Asked for a solution to the situation in Syria, a crisis that has led to the deaths of up to 500,000 people and displaced up to 10m people, Mr Trump said he was not a fan of Russian president Vladimir Putin or President Bashar Assad. But he said that the two leaders were fighting Isis, as was Iran.” [Independent

Bill Kristol: “The Republican nominee is effectively pro-Russia, pro-Assad and pro-Iran.”[Twitter• Jerry Springer: “While I may not be able to moderate a debate, sounds like Mike Pence and Donald Trump might need to come on my show to talk things out.” [Twitter] • Israel was not mentioned during the debate. Trump brought up George Soros twice – “who’s a friend of hers” – when discussing his tax returns.

HOW IT PLAYED: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Swap Barbs, Snipes in Second Debate [WSJ] • Ben Carson says Donald Trump prayed for forgiveness before the presidential debate [YahooNews] • Clinton wins debate, but Trump exceeds expectations [CNN• Trump slows the bleeding but remains in crisis[Politico] •  John Podhoretz: Focused Trump trounces Hillary at testy second debate [NYPost] Chemi Shalev: By Stalking Clinton, Trump May Have Stopped His Campaign’s Disintegration [Haaretz]

Clinton Foreign Policy Spokesperson To Trump: ‘Go F*** Yourself’: “On Twitter, Jesse Lehrich, Clinton’s foreign policy spokesperson, said, “Hey,(at)realDonaldTrump – regarding your claim that Captain Khan would be alive if you were president: go f*** yourself.” Lehrich later apologized for the tweet. “I want to apologize for the clearly inappropriate nature and language of this personal tweet. Sorry all,” Lehrich said.” [CBSNY]

VIDEO: Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton greet each other after the debate [Slate]

Behind the scene: “Trump wanted to put Bill Clinton’s accusers in his family box. Debate officials said no” by Robert Costa, DanBalz and Philip Rucker: “The gambit to give Bill Clinton’s accusers prime seats was devised by Trump campaign chief executive Stephen K. Bannon and Jared Kushner, the candidate’s son-in-law, and approved personally by Trump.” [WaPo]

Ari Fleischer on the state of the race: “The GOP exodus won’t decide this race, whether it continues or slows down. Endorsements, or the reversal of them, is not what this race is about. If Trump can make this race about policy and the direction of the country, he could win. If it’s about his character, he probably won’t.” [BuzzFeed]

Clinton and Trump strongly condemned Sunday’s terror attack in Jerusalem [Twitter; Facebook

“Wikileaks: Israel Fears Clinton Administration’s Mideast Peace Policy” by Barak Ravid: “A number of the leaked emails were sent by Stuart Eizenstat, a former U.S. diplomat and confidant of the Clinton family, to campaign chief John Podesta and top campaign aide Jake Sullivan. In one message, sent on December 8, 2015, Eizenstat briefed campaign officials on his “breakfast meeting with a senior Israeli official who is very close to the Prime Minister, and knows his thinking.” Eizenstat wrote that he “felt that most of the emphasis was on the Palestinian issue, and wonders if a Clinton Administration ‘will be a Saban Forum for four years,’ due to ‘the people around her, but not her,’” Eizenstat said. Enumerating “insights” of the Israeli official he declined to name, Eizenstat reported: “The Prime Minister always had a ‘surprising good relationship’ with Hillary; she is ‘easy to work with,’ and that she is more instinctively sympathetic to Israel than the White House. Even during their famous 43 minute phone call, when [Benjamin Netanyahu] felt like slamming down the phone, he felt she was simply heavily scripted and reading from points prepared by the White House.”

— “On July 2, 2015, around two weeks before the Iran nuclear deal was signed, Eizenstat sent an email to Sullivan reporting on a meeting with Dermer, saying that the Israeli ambassador was “concerned the coming Iran battle will ‘shift downward the American-Israel’ relationship.” According to the email, the ambassador used the meeting with Eizenstat to send messages to Clinton concerning the Iran deal, requesting that she not show excessive enthusiasm for it. “It is important that even as Hillary endorses the agreement, and says she would vote for it if she was in the Senate, she ‘should not get too invested in it,’” he said, characterizing Dermer’s views.” [Haaretz]

More emails — Malcolm Hoenlein on Iran deal, Netanyahu: “This obviously places Hillary in an extremely difficult position, caught between the President she served and the organized parts of the Jewish community, I have talked several times recently, including yesterday afternoon, with Malcolm Honlein (sic), president of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. They have refrained from directly criticizing the President, but he told me that he and most of his organizations are extraordinarily concerned about the situation, and highly desirous of Hillary making some statement to calm the turbulent waters.” [03-25-2015• “Moreover, Malcolm Honlein (who I put together with Hillary through you and Huma), was there… A number of people, including, interestingly, Malcolm Honlein, felt the Prime Minister should now accept the last Kerry offer as a basis for resuming negotiations.” [05-22-2015]

“Fwd: Hillary Clinton Tells Malcolm Hoenlein Wants to Improve Relations With Israel” – Haim Saban: “Also pls be aware that these articles will be mailed to thousands of people who are interested in the subject matter and who have been asking themselves ,,,,and me ,many times ”Where is Hillary on this” Well ,,,,,now they will know.” [03-30-2015]

Robby Mook: “I was just thinking: has she made a clear statement on Israel yet? I get this question from donors all the time. Does she need to state her principles on Israel before Iran? Or do both at the same time? ” Dan Schwerin: “That’s basically the goal of the BDS letter.” Mook: “Do we need to push it harder over the next few days? Get something written? I feel like we’re going to want something to point to. Or maybe even just content on the website?” [07-03-2015]

“Israel Braces for Obama’s Parting Gift to Palestinians” by Eli Lake: “The threat of a last-minute speech, executive order, or U.N. action has stirred some of Israel’s friends in Washington… All of these policies are likely to meet stiff opposition from Israel’s government and its friends in Washington. Obama has faced this kind of opposition before. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee opposed his Iran nuclear deal and yet the White House managed to get just enough Democrats to put the bargain through Congress… It remains to be seen how many Democrats will oppose him if he tries to punish Israeli settlement activity in the final weeks of his presidency.” [Bloomberg

US further eases Iran sanctions after nuclear deal” by Matthew Lee: “The Treasury Department published new guidance for businesses that said some previously prohibited dollar transactions with Iran by offshore banking institutions are allowed as long as they do not enter the U.S. financial system. The new Treasury language says foreign transactions with non-sanctioned entities that are nonetheless “minority owned” or “controlled in whole or in part by an Iranian or Iran-related person on the SDN list” are “not necessarily sanctionable” under U.S. regulations.” [AP]

“Inside Trump Tower, an Increasingly Upset and Alone Donald Trump” by Maggie Haberman: “Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, an observant Jew who normally does not work on the Sabbath, was among those who gathered with him on Saturday, although the candidate’s oldest daughter, Ivanka, was not.” [NYTimes]

Page Six – Ivanka Trump makes time for date night amid campaign chaos:”The pair was spotted at “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Saturday night. “They were towards the back of the orchestra, row M, and went mostly unnoticed until intermission, when people started whispering that they were there,” a source said. Ironically, King is a known Hillary supporter.” [NYPost]

Sarah Silverman: “This may be a good time to consider going by Ivanka Kushner.” [Twitter]

After Trump’s tumultuous Friday and Saturday, Business Insider’s Josh Barro tweeted: “Shabbat’s over. Where’s Ivanka?” • Tablet’s Yair Rosenberg replied: “Converting to being Amish.”

“GOP mega-donors stand by Trump” by Ken Vogel and Matthew Nussbaum: “Representatives from a pair of pro-Trump super PACs — Future45, which is backed by the billionaire Ricketts and Adelson families, and Great America PAC — told POLITICO that they intended to keep spending on pro-Trump advertising and other efforts… Also not responding to requests for comment on Saturday were representatives for Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has donated or pledged as much as $25 million to Future45 and a related non-profit group called 45Committee.” [Politico; CNN]

“How NBC Finished Second on the Trump Video Story” by John Koblin and Michael Grynbaum: “But conversations about how to handle the bombshell moved slowly, in part because of the Rosh Hashana holiday.” [NYTimes]

“Jewish Trump supporters will forgive Donald’s sins on Yom Kippur, but not Hillary’s” by Allison Kaplan Sommer: “In Israel on Sunday, journalists looked for clues as to the Las Vegas mogul’s reaction by parsing in the Adelson-owned newspaper “Israel Hayom.”  Most observers on social media concluded that the coverage was relatively Trump-sympathetic and Clinton-critical. The cover story was headlined, “Trump Apologizes, America Rages” with a commentary below headlined “Hurricane Trump; the rude words, the hypocritical critics” with the articles giving equal time to the Wikileaks revelation of Clinton’s Wall Street speeches and giving prominent mention to the sins of Bill Clinton who, unlike Trump, wasn’t just caught speaking crudely but was “caught with his pants down.”” [Haaretz]

Trump’s campaign manager in Israel, Tzvika Brot: “But he isn’t running for chief rabbi.”[TimesofIsrael]

“Facebook co-founder pledges another $15 million for Clinton and Dems” by Gabriel Debenedetti: “Dustin Moskovitz — a newcomer to politics as of last month — will donate $15 million more, including $5 million to the largest super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton, Priorities USA Action, in the wake of the latest news about Donald Trump. “The events of the past few weeks have only deepened my conviction that Hillary is the best choice for America,” Moskovitz said Saturday in a Medium post.”[Politico; Medium]

“Kellyanne Conway’s Political Machinations” by Ryan Lizza: “When Manafort was brought on, Corey and Manafort basically went head to head,” the Trump campaign official said. “Jared, the son-in-law, who is a snaky little motherf****r, a horrible human being, hated Corey, so Jared sided with Paul to get rid of Corey… When the Ukraine stuff comes to pass, Jared now is holding the axe over Paul’s head,” the campaign official said. The Trump adviser added, “The real campaign manager, in fact, the entire time, has been Jared Kushner, who is still the real campaign manager, even today.” [New Yorker]

“Neo-Nazi site blasts AG Schneiderman over Trump probe” by Glenn Blain: “An article in The Daily Stormer refers to Schneiderman as the “New York K–e Attorney General” and slams his office’s recent move to block Trump’s charity from raising funds as a gigantic hoax. “This is what happens when you have Jews,” website publisher Andrew Anglin wrote in the article. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in a statement to the Daily News, blamed Trump’s campaign rhetoric for inspiring the extremist comments. “When you give license to open expressions of bigotry against Mexicans and Muslims, you open the door to bigotry against all groups of people, including Jews,” said Schneiderman.” [NYDailyNews]

“Zeldin leads Throne-Holst in 1st District, Newsday poll shows” by David M. Schwartz:“Zeldin holds a 15-pecentage-point lead over Democratic challenger and former Southhampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst. Zeldin, running for his first re-election, is outperforming Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the district. [Newsday]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Meet the man Steve Cohen hired to oversee big data [BI] • Fischer Sees Little Risk of Fed Falling Behind the Curve [Bloomberg] • NY Times publisher set to step aside after turning 65: source [NYPost] • Bank Leumi CEO Sees Dividend Return After Five Year Drought [Bloomberg] • Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners and Chinese billionaire’s firm announce global production deal[LATimes• Nevada Lawmakers Are Set to Tackle Sheldon Adelson’s Stadium Proposal [WSJ]

STARTUP NATION: “This Israeli radar startup could get autonomous delivery drones off the ground” by Sam Shead: “Arbe Robotics, based in Tel Aviv, has built a radar system that combines hardware and software to allow autonomous drones to detect and avoid objects up to 1km away, up from 150 metres in the first iteration of its product. One company aggressively pursuing autonomous delivery drones is US tech giant Amazon. The company is currently testing a number of Prime Air delivery drones in a field in Cambridgeshire, which was identified by Business Insider in August. [BI]

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks writes: “One of the most striking features of Jewish life is that from Israel to Palo Alto, Jews are among the world’s most enthusiastic users of information technology and have contributed disproportionately to its development (Google, Facebook, Waze). But we still write the Torah exactly as it was done thousands of years ago – by hand, with a quill, on a parchment scroll. This is not a paradox; it is a profound truth. People who carry their past with them, can build the future without fear.” [RabbiSacks]

PROFILE: “Ron Meyer, Hollywood’s Mr. Nice Guy” by Ned Zeman: “He was raised in a working-class section of West Los Angeles by parents he describes as “fabulous but very simple people.” The late Edward and Edith Meyer were first-generation Jewish immigrants who’d escaped Nazi Germany. Ron figures he inherited his business sense from Edward, who worked as a traveling dress salesman, and his optimism from Edith, whom he describes as “a guilt-free Jewish mother.”… He annually co-chairs a fundraiser for the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance, and next year he’ll receive the organization’s prestigious Humanitarian Award.” [WSJ

SPOTLIGHT: “How Massive Cuts Have Remade The Denver Post” by Robert Sanchez: “It’s unlikely the #newsmatters protest registered high up at DFM or at Alden, whose president is a thirtysomething former Duke University football kicker who has managed to escape much scrutiny despite eliminating hundreds of newspaper jobs across the country. For years, Heath Freeman has operated in pseudo secrecy, a major achievement considering he’s a despised figure in an industry whose mission is to uncover the truth. The little that can be gleaned about Freeman comes via blogs produced at Duke University, where he and his two older sisters are active in the school’s Jewish community. Son of the late Brian Freeman—a former union adviser who once was corporate raider Carl Icahn’s go-to investment banker—Heath Freeman earned his undergraduate degree from Duke in 2002 (and was six-for-six in extra points made for the football team). Since then, Freeman has made a fortune in what he calls “opportunistic” investing.” [5280Mag

TALK OF THE TOWN: “At Carnival Fresh Market in Brooklyn, a United Nations for the Palate” by Leah Koenig: “Last April, before Passover, boxes of matzo appeared on the shelves. Last June and July, during Ramadan, an already impressive selection of dates swelled considerably to accommodate Muslim families who traditionally break their daily fast with a piece of the dried fruit.”[NYTimes]

Jacob Neusner, who shaped American Jewish studies, dies” by Rachel Zoll: “Neusner died at his home in Rhinebeck, New York, on Saturday, according to Bard College, where he had taught since 1994. Neusner became an academic in the 1960s, at a time when religious studies at universities was largely focused on Christian theology, according to “A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner.” At the time, Judaism was taught mostly in yeshivas, or Jewish seminaries, or as part of ethnic studies programs at American colleges. Neusner pushed for a critical examination of Judaism as an important part of studying the humanities, drawing on scholarly techniques from history, anthropology, literary studies and other disciplines.” [AP] • Our condolences to Noam Neusner

SPORTS BLINK: “Ex-Knick Amar’e Stoudemire reveals his ‘holy life’ in Jerusalem” by David Kaufman: “Three years after buying a minority stake in the franchise, Amar’e has signed a two-year contract with Hapoel. Along the way, he’s moved his wife, Alexis, their four young children, Alexis’ mother and even their Jamaican personal chef to Jerusalem from South Florida, where he most recently played with the Miami Heat. “I wanted to be in Jerusalem because it’s a holy place,” Amar’e says over lunch after practice in his elegant stone home in Jerusalem’s upscale Talbiya neighborhood, close to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s residence… They celebrate Hanukkah and Passover rather than Christmas and Easter, gather for weekly Sabbath meals most Friday evenings and — at least in Amar’e’s case — will fast this week for Yom Kippur, the holiday of atonement.” [NYPost]

DESSERT: “A High Holy Call for Lox, and Old Hands to Slice It, at Zabar’s” by Corey Kilgannon: “Mr. Cabrera is not Jewish, but he has always observed the High Holy Days by putting in long hours during the mad holiday rush at Zabar’s, that temple of smoked fish on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Even after he left the store in 2009, after 26 years, Zabar’s still summons him, and several other seasoned veterans who have a way with a lox knife, out of retirement every fall to satisfy the throngs preparing for Yom Kippur.” [NYTimes]

BIRTHDAYS: White House Jewish Liaison Chanan Weissman… Israeli comedian and actor, twice voted as the funniest Israeli, Asi Cohen turns 42… Vocalist and songwriter and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, David Lee Roth turns 62… Marc Widelock… Yedidya Atlas… Diane Schmidt… Former president of Common Cause and now a senior fellow at Experience Corps and Civic Ventures, David Cohen…

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