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Jewish Insider Daily Kickoff – Nov 26

Rundown – AIPAC breaks silence on Iran deal; White House reaches out to Jewish leaders; Haim Saban hosted President Obama at his house last night; Harry Reid stuck between Dem caucus and White House… 

AP – A battered Israel resumes campaign against Iran: “Having lost its battle to stop the international deal reached this week on Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli officials are already picking up the pieces and planning a fight to shape a final agreement that negotiators hope to reach in six months.” [AssociatedPress]

AIPAC – U.S. Must Prevent a Nuclear-Capable Iran: “Now that the P5+1 has inked an initial agreement with Iran, America must not only ensure full Iranian compliance but also insist that any final deal deny Tehran a nuclear weapons capability. Tough sanctions legislation passed by Congress and vigorous diplomacy pursued by the administration have brought Iran to negotiations. However, the initial agreement raises many concerns—including implicit acceptance of Iranian enrichment. Congress has provided the leverage to spur Iran to seek talks; now it must press the administration to negotiate a verifiable agreement that will prevent Iran from ever building nuclear weapons. Congress must also legislate additional sanctions, so that Iran will face immediate consequences should it renege on its commitments or refuse to negotiate an acceptable final agreement.” [AIPAC] Analysis from @Yair_Rosenberg – AIPAC is not bucking the Obama administration by pushing sanctions IF Iran violates deal. That’s the admin’s stance! 

Obama Aides Brief U.S. Jewish Leaders on Iran Agreement: “During the hour long conference call yesterday, representatives of groups including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee expressed concern that the six-month agreement would give Iran time to move ahead with development of a nuclear weapon, according to one of the participants. “The real test is implementation, to see what they are going to do to live up to this,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, who was on the call. “We expressed concern they will use this as they have in the past just to have cover.” [Bloomberg]

Harry Reid Stuck in the middle between Dem caucus and the White House on Iran sanctions: [Politico]

Deal or no deal – “The final details of a nuclear agreement signed over the weekend between Iran and Western nations will not actually go into effect until further negotiations take place at a later date, according to a senior administration official and sources on Capitol Hill.” [FreeBeacon]

Iranians see economic promise in nuclear accord: “A new sense of economic optimism has reverberated across Iran since the signing over the weekend of an initial deal between Tehran and world powers that is aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear ambitions.” [WashingtonPost]

Dennis Ross – How to Think About Obama’s Deal With Iran: [PoliticoMag]

Bret Stephens WSJ OpEd – Iran Deal Worse Than Munich: [WSJ]

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, tells CNN – “opponents of Iran deal are asking too much” [CNN]

Yossi Klein Halevi – Israel’s Freakout, Explained. New worries about whether Obama’s presidency has made them less safe: [New Republic]

David Horovitz – When the US let Iran off the hook: [ToI]

Robert Satloff – Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Still Growing, and America’s Fist Is Shrinking: [New Republic]

Top Tweet – @PeterBeinart – “is it just me or is @TomFriedman basically daring Jewish establishment to call him an anti-semite (read 5th paragraph) [NYTimes]”

Palestinian Peace Talks May Languish After Iranian Accord: [Bloomberg]

IAF, US Air Force hold largest joint-military exercise in Israel’s history: [YNet]

Peres awards Elie Wiesel the Presidential Medal of Distinction: “President Shimon Peres awarded his Presidential Medal of Distinction to author Elie Wiesel in an emotional ceremony in New York on Monday. Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, “is one of the world’s top Jewish writers and intellectuals, a Holocaust survivor who for decades has worked to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust across the world and is the leading figure in the United States of America on the subject,” according to a statement out of Peres’s office.” [JPost]

Amid U.S. – Israel friction, pro-Israel donor Haim Saban hosts Obama: [JewishInsider]

Obama visit to DreamWorks Animation spotlight studio run by top Hollywood Jewish donor: “When President Obama highlights the lift the entertainment industry has provided to the sluggish economy on Tuesday, he will single out one production studio, DreamWorks Animation, with a personal visit. Likely to be left unsaid during his remarks at the company’s lush Glendale, Calif., campus will be the boost that chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg has given to Obama’s campaign coffers.” [WashPost]

Boca Raton Synagogue asks members to be civil regarding politics: “When a congregant at the Boca Raton Synagogue withdrew her membership after being called hostile names during the last presidential election, Rabbi Efrem Goldberg decided it was time for drastic action.” [SunSentinel]

Politico Magazine looks back at the Bush presidency and notes the role Jewish leaders played in the decision to fund the PEPFAR program: “Did Bush have his decisive meeting approving his PEPFAR program fighting AIDS in Africa on Nov. 18, 2002 (as Michael Gerson, the president’s top speechwriter, writes in Heroic Conservatism) or on Dec. 4 (as Jay Lefkowitz, another Bush aide, writes in a history of the program for Commentary magazine)? Getting it right does matter; in some cases, it even alters the understanding of the event. Lefkowitz recalled the AIDS meeting coming immediately after Bush met with Jewish activists who admired Bush’s boldness overseas and told him that had he been president during World War II, he would have saved more Jewish lives; Bush seemed quite moved by the comment, and Lefkowitz believed that the sentiment emboldened him to approve PEPFAR because it was his own way of saving millions of lives overseas. The meeting with the Jewish activists was indeed on Dec. 4.” [PoliticoMag]

Posters Elicit German Tips Concerning Nazi Crimes: “A poster campaign by the Simon Wiesenthal Center intended to identify aging Germans who might have participated in Nazi crimes has yielded information about four people, including a woman who might have been a guard at Auschwitz, that has been passed to the authorities for further investigation, the group said Monday.” [NYTimes]

Mumbai 11/26 Attack Survivors Say City Still Not Safe Five Years On: “Despite the heightened security, nowadays people have to “be prepared for everything,” said Israel Kozlovsky, a rabbi and co-director of a Jewish prayer house of the Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai which was attacked by the militants. Mr. Kozlovsky said they have since increased private security at the center.” [IndiaRealTime]

Isadore Sharp, Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, donates $1M to Toronto Shul: [JewishInsider]

Inside the Breakup of the Pritzker Empire: “The family fortune began after Nicholas Pritzker, Jay Pritzker’s grandfather, arrived penniless in the U.S. during the 1880s, fleeing anti-Jewish pogroms in Ukraine. He eventually started a law firm in Chicago. Jay Pritzker, along with his brothers Robert and Donald, later diversified the family holdings to include stakes in businesses ranging from Braniff Airlines to Las Vegas casinos. The jewel was Hyatt, which started when Jay Pritzker bought the family’s first hotel in 1957 for $2 million. At the time Jay Pritzker appointed Tom Pritzker his successor, the family’s portfolio consisted of more than 150 private companies owned through nearly 1,000 trusts.

–In a 1995 memo, Jay and Robert Pritzker laid out leadership roles for two other heirs, Nick Pritzker and Penny Pritzker, now the U.S. commerce secretary, who were closely involved in the business. The heirs consisted of one third-generation and 10 fourth-generation family members. Jay Pritzker died in 1999, and the following year Tom Pritzker was surprised by a six-page letter signed by his brothers, John and Dan, and some cousins. They had hired outside lawyers and wanted to know what was going on with the family fortune.” [WSJ]

Judge orders Scott Rothstein’s return to testify at lawyer’s trial: [SunSentinel]

Now through summer 2014 – National Geographic ‘Jerusalem’ IMAX movie at the Natural History Museum in DC: “National Geographic’s “Jerusalem” is coming to the Museum of Natural History this week: The 45-minute IMAX film captures the ancient city’s geographical, architectural and cultural marvels through the stories of three teenage girls living out different religious journeys in less than one square kilometer.” [Politico]

‘Scandal,’ ‘West Wing’ Star Joshua Malina Navigates Judaism in Hollywood: “Joshua Malina, star of acclaimed television series The West Wing and Scandal, spoke about his path to Hollywood, his Jewish faith and the various ways in which the two have intersected — not always successfully — to a crowded Statler Auditorium. Malina began his talk — titled “How to Make it in Hollywood and Remain a Mensch” — by noting that it is unclear both if he has made it in Hollywood and if he is a mensch, the Yiddish word for a person of integrity. “[They are] both unproven, merely self-proclaimed — but if you grant me the points it will go more smoothly,” Malina said, prompting audience laughterMalina spoke about his upbringing and how he retains some of the traditions he learned at home and during his eight years in Jewish day school. He reflected on how his parents instilled in him the core tenets of Judaism by modeling behavior that reflected Jewish values, such as giving charity.” [CornellDailySun]

Sports Blink – Jews and baseball: An American news media love story: “For those of us who follow the careers of Jewish ballplayers — a small, eccentric niche of fandom — checking the Jewish Baseball News Web site is an essential part of our sports routine. Scott Barancik, a former newspaper reporter turned Internet entrepreneur, works from his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., posting news of vital interest to members of the Jewish sports fan tribe, among them: “Mazel tov to New York Mets infielder Josh Satin on his Nov. 9 marriage to Allyson Murrow.” Barancik’s frequently updated Jewish Baseball News (jewishbaseballnews.com) provides more than statistics and news items. It also offers a fascinating window into evolving Jewish life. If you are interested in sociology and demography as well as sports, you can see trends such as how Jewish families have settled into suburban life, with its youth sports leagues and other activities, where being Jewish may or may not be important in their lives.” [JewishJournal]

Thats all folks, have a great Tuesday! 

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