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DRIVING THE CONVO — Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) drew widespread criticism once again after suggesting that influential pro-Israel Americans are pushing for “allegiance to a foreign country.” The remarks reported by Jewish Insider on Thursday come about two weeks after Omar apologized for anti-Semitic tweets that prompted the Democratic Party’s leadership to speak out against her. 

Omar Accuses Israel Hawks of ‘Allegiance to a Foreign Country’ — by Jonathan Chait: “Omar went much farther, reports Laura Kelly. After an audience member shouted out, ‘It’s all about the Benjamins,’ at which she smiled, she proceeded to state, ‘I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.’ … Accusing Jews of ‘allegiance to a foreign country’ is a historically classic way of delegitimizing their participation in the political system. Whether or not the foreign policy agenda endorsed by American supporters of Israel is wise or humane, it is a legitimate expression of their political rights as American citizens… Omar is directly invoking the hoary myth of dual loyalty, in which the Americanness of Jews is inherently suspect, and their political participation must be contingent upon proving their patriotism.” [NYMag]

David Rothkopf tweeted
“I defended her last round–as having said something troubling & insensitive. It’s hard to defend this.” 

Ari Fleischer“This is deeply insulting. I’m a first generation American. My mother fled the Nazis in 1939 and came to this great country. Almost all her family was slaughtered in the Holocaust… As an American, I love and support Israel because it, along with the U.S., is one of the few countries on earth where Jews can live in freedom & peace.”

Bret Stephens“Rep. Ilhan Omar seems to calculate that if she makes only one blatantly anti-Semitic remark per week, progressives will forgive her. Is she right?” 

Carly Pildis“The problem with Ilhan Omar’s claim that her Jewish Colleagues are attempting to shut down debate on the conflict is that she isn’t being criticized for policy opinions. She is being criticized for engaging in anti-semitic language at a time when Jews face rising global violence.

A Democratic Hill staffer tells JI“While the grown ups in the caucus are trying to get messaging out on bread and butter issues like healthcare and infrastructure, she’s drowning us out with her antics. The day after she lets an inflammatory tweet fly, we’ll get a dozen calls about it.” 

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone magazine released their March cover featuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi posing alongside Rep. Omar. 

The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) said in a statement, “We reject the parallels Representative Omar has repeatedly drawn between Israel and apartheid South Africa. We also want to make clear to both Reps. Omar and Tlaib that our denunciation of their recent tweets was completely unrelated to their religion. We celebrate the diversity of Democrats in 116th Congress, but unequivocally oppose the use of anti-Semitic tropes. We would have condemned such tweets from any member of Congress, regardless of their party or background.”

AJC Global“Ilhan Omar, if you feel that people are ‘silencing’ the debate on Israel and the Palestinians by accusing you of antisemitism, maybe you should stop saying antisemitic things.”

HEALTH MATTERS — Billionaire Adelson Diagnosed With Cancer, Undergoing Treatment — by Christopher Palmeri and Edvard Pettersson: “Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire founder of Las Vegas Sands Corp., has been diagnosed with cancer and hasn’t been at work since December. Adelson, 85, is still dealing with side effects from the medication he’s taking for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said Ron Reese, the company’s spokesman. ‘These side effects have restricted his availability to travel or keep regular office hours,’ Reese said in an emailed statement. ‘They have not, however, prevented him from fulfilling his duties as chairman and CEO.’ The company anticipates Adelson will return to his regular schedule when he’s completed his treatment.”[Bloomberg]

BUZZ ON BALFOUR — Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit announced his intention to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, on Thursday. With 40 days to go before Israelis head to the polls, Netanyahu called the prosecution’s announcement “outrageous” and an “unprecedented witch hunt” carried out by his “leftist” opponents. He referred to himself as “Benjamin Netanyahu, the most maligned man in the history of Israeli media.”

In his prime-time address, Netanyahu boasted about his warm ties with world leaders, thanking President Trump for his words of praise. This “unique connection with the leaders of the world powers is not something that should be taken for granted,” Netanyahu said. 

Speaking after Netanyahu, Benny Gantz ruled out joining a coalition with Netanyahu and called on the PM to step down to conduct his legal battle as a private citizen. “The state of Israel is worthy of more than this,” he said.

HOW IT PLAYED — Benjamin Netanyahu’s Bid for Reelection Hit By Legal Storm — by David Wainer, Jonathan Ferziger and Ivan Levingston: “This year could see Benjamin Netanyahu surpassing founding father David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. It also could be the year he steps down in disgrace… Netanyahu’s bid for history got much more difficult with the [AG] announcement.” [Bloomberg• Accused of corruption, Benjamin Netanyahu vows to fight on [Economist]

Arnon Milchan Will Not Face Corruption Charges in Israel — by Amy Spiro: 
“In a surprise decision, Israel’s attorney general has announced that he will not press charges against Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan for his central role in a case of alleged corruption involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” [Variety]

— Nathan Guttman
“Sheldon Adelson is, in fact, the good guy in this story. He refused to go ahead with Bibi’s quid-pro-quo with the publisher of Yediot Ahronot. The deal would promise Bibi favorable coverage if he could ensure curbing the circulation of Adelson’s newspaper.” 

REACTION — Dennis Ross: “The PM is trying to make the story one in which his opponents on the left cannot defeat him at the polls so they have used a trumped-up set of charges to force him out. The problem is that the AG was his cabinet secretary, is a religious Zionist, and can hardly be called a leftist. But Israel is polarized and those who support Bibi will say it’s all a political maneuver and those who oppose him will say he has to go because how can he function as PM if he has to spend his time in Court. The real question is where do the undecideds come out — do they believe a threshold has been crossed and it is time for him to go or do they believe he is being unfairly persecuted?”

Dr. Einat Wilf: “I have no doubt that the Prime Minister truly believes that he is innocent. Moreover, it is clear that his obsession with the media and his desire to control it at any price, which are at the root of the three charges, comes from a deep sense of being substantially under-appreciated. But this is the curse of all leaders and politicians  —that save for a select few, they will always be maligned and under-appreciated, certainly by their own measure. The charges that this is orchestrated by an all encompassing mystical ‘left’ are of-course bogus and collapse in the face of the fact that they have been brought forth by people who politically belong to the right. But Netanyahu’s ‘left’ has long ago ceased having any political meaning and has become a stand-in for a nefarious force that seeks to stand in the PM’s path. What Netanyahu has encountered is what every politician in a democracy (and even not in democracies) has encountered: the limits of power. It is an old tale, but that is all it is.”  

Aaron David Miller: “They key for Bibi is demonstrating indispensability. He’d agree with De Gaulle that cemeteries of France are filled with indispensable people. But he wants to convince voters he is. He believes Putin and Trump help him do that. And Trump will likely play his part. Same on the ultimate deal peace plan. He knows that the plan was written for him to play a key role. And while Trump’s search for progress would likely be better with Gantz, Bibi will portray himself as the only one could either work with Trump or if necessary stand up to him.”

IPF’s Michael Koplow on Gantz’s statement: “It’s not surprising that Gantz is ruling out joining a government with Netanyahu given that his central campaign plank is that Netanyahu must be replaced for the good of the country. On the day that Mandelblit announced his intention to indict Netanyahu, it would be foolhardy for him to do anything but double down on his argument that Netanyahu must go. More significant is his and Lapid’s refusal to rule out forming a government with a Netanyahu-less Likud. As for Netanyahu, his most potent argument is that he has raised Israel to unprecedented heights on the world stage and that he is accepted by the leaders of global powers as a peer. I expect him to tout his relationship with Trump, Putin, Modi, and others as often and as loudly as he can as a way of warning Israeli voters and his coalition partners that Israel’s status is overly dependent on his remaining on Balfour Street.” 

Watch: Bret Stephens told MSNBC’s Katy Tur that Netanyahu “is going to be remembered as the Richard Nixon of Israeli politics.” [Video]

ULTIMATE DEAL WATCH — “A senior U.S. official insists that the administration’s peace plans are not contingent on Mr. Netanyahu staying in office, and that the White House remains ready to work with a number of Israeli leaders.” [TheNational]

Brazil’s far-right leader to visit Israel in potential boost for Netanyahu — by Dan Williams: 
“Brazil’s nationalist President Jair Bolsonaro will visit Israel days before its April 9 election, the Israeli government said on Thursday… The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said Bolsonaro would visit Israel between March 31 and April 4.” [Reuters]

2020 WATCH — Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted
“First embracing right-wing extremism. Now manipulating a free press, accepting bribes, and trading government favors. The allegations against Prime Minister Netanyahu are serious and cut to the heart of a functioning democracy.” 

AT THE UN — UN Human Rights Council Bashes Israel Over Gaza Protests — by Alisa Odenheimer: “The United Nations Human Rights Council commission said 189 Palestinians were killed in connection with the campaign of demonstrations against Israel that began 11 months ago. It concluded that Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who didn’t pose an imminent threat… ‘The Theater of the Absurd of the Human Rights Council has produced another hostile, false and slanted report against Israel,’ acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in a text message.” [Bloomberg]

“Johan Eriksson, a media adviser for the U.N. high commissioner for Human Rights, said that the commission had also assembled a confidential dossier of complicit individuals that ‘will be made available for an appropriate legal body to use.’ He did not disclose if the document named individual soldiers, commanders or key decision-makers.” [WashPost]

Rep. Eliot Engel, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, saidon Twitter: 
“UNHRC predictably denounces Israel’s conduct in last year’s Gaza operations but discounts Hamas violence. Another example why the Human Rights Council is undeserving of its own name. Unfortunate, it taints the important work this body could do.” 

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) tweeted“Not surprising the UNHRC issued another biased report related to Israel. It’s a shame that this body chooses to obsess over one country instead of taking a strong stand for human rights around the world.” 

BOOK EXCERPT — Israel’s Secret Founding Fathers — by Matti Friedman: “‘Espionage,’ John le Carré once observed, ‘is the secret theater of our society.’ Countries also have cover stories and hidden selves. The identity of Israel’s spies teaches us who Israel has to spy on, of course. But it also has much to say about what Israel is — and how that country differs from the country we know from stories.” [NYTimes

HEARD AT CPAC — by JI‘s Laura Kelly: “Nobody has stood by Israel better than Donald Trump, nobody!” Senator Lindsey Graham exclaimed to the crowds at CPAC at the National Harbor on Thursday. The South Carolina Republican joked that while his relationship with the President got off to a rocky start, “we’ve got a lot in common now, I like him and he likes him.”

— Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold, in remarks mostly dedicated to a history lesson on the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, spoke on the importance of Israeli control over all of Jerusalem, slamming the UN for propagating “fake history.” At one point, audience members seemed to miss the mark to cheer at a standard rallying cry, when the Gold shouted, ‘Jerusalem is not for sale!’ After a few seconds of quiet, some people whooped and cheered and Gold said, “I mean, that is the applause line.”

TOP TALKER — Trump Ordered Officials to Give Jared Kushner a Security Clearance — by Maggie Haberman, Michael Schmidt, Adam Goldman and Annie Karni: “Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been ‘ordered’ to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance… Mr. Kushner and [Ivanka] Trump both complained to the president about the situation, current and former administration officials said. In Mr. Kushner’s case, Mr. Trump would often turn to other aides and say in frustration, ‘Why isn’t this getting done?’ according to a former administration official. On at least one occasion, the president asked another senior official if the person could sort out the issue. That official said no.” [NYTimesWashPost

ON THE HILL — Michael Cohen will return to the Hill next week for another closed-door interview, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said during a press conference Thursday. The committee head also announced that Felix Sater, the former mobster Cohen mentioned this week’s testimony as linked to the Moscow Trump Tower deal, will testify in an open hearing on March 14. [Video]

— The Inside Story Behind Cohen’s Deposition — by Emily Jane Fox: “It was around this point that Cohen saw a congressman on cable news discussing Trump’s financials, and he remembered that he had some of those documents… About nine boxes were there waiting for him… ‘Oh my god,’ he said when he opened the third. He’d hit the mother lode. In the third box were three years of Trump’s financial statements, from 2011 through 2013… The box also contained an e-mail with Trump Organization C.F.O. Allen Weisselberg… The exchange had to do with how Cohen would be reimbursed for the $130,000 payment he made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.” [VanityFair]

House Intel Will Call Trump Org Moneyman Allen Weisselberg To Testify — by Spencer Ackerman: 
“The House intelligence committee intends to call the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer to testify. Allen Weisselberg received renewed congressional attention after disgraced Trump fixer Michael Cohen on Wednesday repeatedly mentioned the Trump Org CFO as crucial to various aspects of dubiously legal practices by the president.”[DailyBeast• Why Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s Money Man, Could Face Scrutiny Next [NYTimes]

Madeleine Albright: Trump repeating mistakes that led to ‘Holocaust and global war’  — by Joel Gehrke: 
“President Trump is pursuing the same ‘sad and dangerous’ foreign policy that led to the Holocaust and the Second World War, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told Congress. ‘We have seen firsthand the cost of abdication: Holocaust and global war,’ Albright said Wednesday in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. ‘Today the enemies of freedom smell something in the air that gives them hope — the odor of America’s absence and the impression that our leader shares their disdain for democracy.'” [WashExaminer

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Time to Sell? David Rubenstein Puts Leon Black on the Spot Over 2013 Call [Bloomberg] • Activist Investor Elliott Takes Majority Control of Troubled Trucker Roadrunner [WSJ• Meet the 15 richest family-wealth dynasties in the US, who have a combined net worth of $618 billion[BusinessInsider• Panavision, Sim and Saban Capital Acquisition Abandon Merger Plans [HollywoodReporter• Altice picks Morgan Stanley to gauge interest in Israel unit: sources [Reuters• The New York Public Library is abiding by an agreement that says Stephen Schwarzman’s name should be inscribed at every entrance to its main building [NYTimes• Hedge-fund manager David Einhorn says he will make fewer, bigger bets after a disastrous year [WSJ]

HBO’s C.E.O., Richard Plepler, Is Leaving After 27 Years and Scores of Emmys — by John Koblin and Edmund Lee: “Richard Plepler, the gregarious chief executive of HBO and one of the most influential executives in entertainment, abruptly stepped down on Thursday. His decision came eight months after AT&T acquired Time Warner, the network’s corporate home, in an $85.4 billion deal. Mr. Plepler found he had less autonomy after the merger, according to two people familiar with his thinking… ‘Hard as it is to think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the right time for me to do so,’ Mr. Plepler said in a memo to HBO employees on Thursday.”[NYTimesVanityFair] • Read Plepler’s full memo here[HollywoodReporter]

— Will Apple or Amazon hire Plepler? Dylan Byers asks in his newsletter this am. [NBC]

SPOTLIGHT — The Master of Spin: Michael Sitrick will mess with your moral compass — by Lyz Lenz: “Michael Sitrick, 71, is a public relations puppet master who has pulled the strings behind some of the biggest stories in media… I ask Sitrick if there is someone so bad he won’t defend them. ‘The American Nazi Party, of course not,’ he says. What about Richard Spencer? ‘I don’t want to talk about specifics,’ he tells me. ‘But if you are talking about Harvey Weinstein.’ He launches into a story about getting the call to represent Weinstein on the day his own mother died. He focuses on that story. It’s detailed. I get the name of the restaurant he was at with his father when the nurse called with the news. What he said to the nurse. As for Weinstein, I get one sentence. Sitrick agreed to represent him and a few months later dropped him. Why? ‘It’s a client confidence matter,’  he says. It’s brilliant spin. I can’t think of him as a Weinstein-defending monster when he’s telling me a story about the death of his mother, can I?” [ColumbiaJournalismReview

Robert Kraft pleads not guilty to soliciting prostitution in Florida — by Janelle Griffith: “New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor, court documents show… His attorney, Jack Goldberger, requested a nonjury trial for the billionaire.” [NBCNews]

Genesis Prize stands behind Robert Kraft despite charges: 
“The Jerusalem Post asked Stan Polovets, chairman and co-founder of the Genesis Prize Foundation, to comment on the situation with Robert Kraft… Let’s start with the question that’s on everyone’s mind. Are you going to rescind the prize and select a different laureate in light of the allegations made against Robert Kraft last week? Stan Polovets: ‘Absolutely not. Robert was selected for decades of extraordinarily generous philanthropy, his unwavering support of Israel, and unparalleled success in his field of work – professional sports. Israel doesn’t have a better friend than Robert Kraft… The incident reported last week is unfortunate. However, as of now, it remains an unproven allegation… In democratic countries, everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence and I have no reason to doubt Robert’s word. He has my and my partner’s, Morris Kahn’s, full support.'” 

— Unusual note at the end of the JPost ‘article’ — “This article was written in cooperation with the Genesis Prize.” [JPost]

DEEP DIVE — How a Private Israeli Intelligence Firm Spied on Pro-Palestinian Activists in the U.S. — by Adam Entous: 
“Internal documents from a private Israeli intelligence firm called Psy-Group show that the company, and possibly other private investigators, were targeting Hatem Bazian because of his leadership role in promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement… Psy-Group’s operations against BDS. activists on U.S. college campuses began in February, 2016… The company raised money in New York from Jewish-American donors and pro-Israel groups, and assured them that their identities would be kept secret. Psy-Group told them that its goal was to make it appear as though the donors were not involved in any way. The campaign, code-named Project Butterfly, initially targeted BDS activists on college campuses in ‘a single U.S. state,’ which former Psy-Group employees have told me was New York.” [NewYorker]  

1,600-year-old estate that belonged to a wealthy ancient Samaritan discovered in Israel — by James Rogers: “Archaeologists have discovered the estate of a wealthy ancient Samaritan at Zur Natan in central Israel. A Greek inscription reveals that the agricultural property belonged to a man named ‘Adios,’ who was a member of the ancient Samaritan religious group… Translated by Prof. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the inscription has been dated to the fifth century, a time when the Samaritan community was thriving in the area. n addition to the winepress, archaeologists also discovered stone quarries with rock-cut depressions for cultivating grapevines.” [FoxNews]

Poland, Judaism and Historical Memory — by Elisabeth Zerofsky: 
“When NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, in Warsaw to cover the recent summit, said on air that the ‘uprising of the Polish Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto’ had been against the ‘Polish and Nazi regime,’ there was an aggrieved condemnation from Polish and Jewish groups. The Home Army actually provided some of the weapons that Jewish fighters used during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Poles were treated as subhuman colonial subjects by their Nazi occupiers, who killed them en masse. But some Poles assisted the Nazis or betrayed their Jewish countrymen.” [WSJ]

TALK OF THE TOWN — Schism on Town Board Deepens — by Christopher Walsh: “Simmering tension on the East Hampton Town Board erupted last Thursday during a discussion about the town’s settlement with Marc Rowan, the billionaire who bought Duryea’s fish market in Montauk in 2014.” [EastHamptonStar]

Lakewood hires its first-ever Orthodox Jewish police cadet — by Steve Strunsky: 
“With an Orthodox Jewish community making up most of Lakewood’s rapidly growing population, the township has hired its first-ever Orthodox police cadet, officials said. ‘I’m excited about it,’ Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said Thursday… Lakewood Police Chief Gregory Meyer said the Orthodox officer and other members of the cadet class who graduate from the six-month academy program could hit the streets in about 10 months, or sometime around the end of 2019 or start of 2020, following additional departmental training.” [NJAdvance]

Holocaust Center starts fundraising for move with $10 million pledged, seeks tourism-tax funds — by Matthew Palm: 
“The Holocaust Center publicly launched its fundraising campaign for a new museum in downtown Orlando on Tuesday, with a $10 million head start from some of Central Florida’s biggest philanthropists. Leading the $35 million effort is Jim Pugh, a longtime board member who has spent years raising money for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where he is chairman of that board. In addition, the Holocaust Center hopes to pick up another $10 million for its campaign from Orange County’s tourist-development taxes.” [OrlandoSentinel

Justin Hayet, who served as Senior Advisor to Ambassador Danny Danon, is joining the Genesis Philanthropy Group as Senior Project Manager for Israel and Diaspora Initiatives. 

DESSERT — It’s kosher: Israelis offer fresh daily bread, locally — by Rob Golub: “Inspired by their failed search for freshly baked bread for Shabbat, the Hershkos bought a small south-side commercial bakery at 2952 S. 13th St. on Nov. 7. They’ve obtained certification from Wisconsin K. Now, besides business-to-business bread sales, they’re offering free delivery of bread baked the same day to addresses in Mequon, Glendale, Fox Point and Bayside… Dorit baked professionally in Israel for 20 years before moving here, operating a bakery out of their home in Nahariyya, near the Lebanese border.[JewishChronicle]

WINE OF THE WEEK — Metzuda Har Eitan — by Yitz Applbaum: 
“While in Jerusalem this past Shabbat, I contemplated that as I age, I grow increasingly more aware of my mortality. As such, I try to be conscientious with how I spend my time. Among those choices is deciding which wines to drink. I found myself deliberating, unsure whether to go with an older, rarer vintage or a shiny new wine, recently acquired. As we sat down to dinner with family and friends, I chose the Metzuda Har Eitan blend.”

“The Metzuda Har Eitan blend comes in a large bottle with a beautifully etched label. Rarely do Israeli vineyards wait six years to release a wine. This 2012 blend is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz, which were each aged separately for 12 months, and then aged again as a blend for another 12 months. This wine is young on the front palate with dancing ballerinas, each with peach-dipped ballet-shoes, fouettéing on my tongue. The mid-palate had the density of a great Bordeaux blend, jammy and full of coffee notes. The finish pulled it all together like a perfect Napa Cabernet, but with an extra kick.” [Metzuda]

WEEKEND BIRTHDAYS —  FRIDAY: Film and television actor, best known for his role as James T. West in the 1965-69 television series “The Wild Wild West,” Robert Conrad (born Conrad Robert Falk) turns 84… President of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in NYC since 2001, he previously served on the Los Angeles City Council (1971-2001), Joel Wachsturns 80… Real estate developer, he was part owner of MLB’s Kansas City Royals (1983-1991) and three sports franchises in Memphis, Tulane’s basketball arena is named in his honor, Avron B. Fogelman turns 79… Professor emeritus of Jewish Studies at Los Angeles Valley College and the editor of “Shofar,” a peer-reviewed academic journal of Jewish Studies, Zev Garberturns 78… Hollywood executive, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, a member of the University of California Board of Regents and a co-owner of both the LA Dodgers and Golden State Warriors, Peter Guber turns 77… Member of the Knesset for the Likud party, he is a son of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Ze’ev Binyamin (“Benny”) Begin turns 76… Librarian at the Anti-Defamation League’s NYC HQ, Marianne Benjamin turns 75… Israeli historian, author and journalist, he earned a Ph.D. in history from Boston University in the 1970s, Tom Segev turns 74…

Israeli journalist, author, television personality and political commentator, Ehud Yaari turns 74… Cantor at the Jewish Community Center of Paramus, Congregation Beth Tikvah, Sam Weiss turns 69… Chairman and president of Berexco, an oil and gas firm based in Wichita, Kansas, Adam E. Beren turns 58… Vice President of Philanthropy at the Baltimore Community Foundation since 2018, Dara Schapiro Schnee turns 48… Television writer, director and producer, he is best known for co-creating the comedy-drama “Glee” and the drama “Pose,” he was also the executive producer for “Nip/Tuck,” Brad Falchuk turns 48… Chief strategy officer for Bend the Arc, a Jewish partnership for justice, Jonathan Lipman turns 42… Member of the US national soccer team since 2004, he played in England for 14 years and in 2017 joined Major League Soccer’s Orlando City, Jonathan Spector turns 33… VP of Special Projects at ASAPP, a NYC-based software technology company, Joshua Lachter turns 32… 3L Harvard Law School student who was on the Surrogates and Strategy team in the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, Hannah Klain turns 28… Kevin Golden

SATURDAY: Restaurateur, lawyer, financier and former owner of Braniff International Airlines, Jeffrey Chodorow turns 69… Comedian, actress and writer, she was part of the original cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1975-1980), Laraine Newman turns 67… Former US Senator from Wisconsin (1993-2011), Russ Feingold turns 66… Anesthesiologist in Skokie, Illinois who graduated from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine, Samuel M. Parnass, M.D. turns 62… Board member of the Washington JCRC and adjunct faculty member at Georgetown Law, Daphne Lazar Price turns 46… Editor and Director of Communications at Twin Cities, Minnesota’s TC Jewfolk (a Jewish news, events and culture online media hub), Lonny Goldsmithturns 44… Culture reporter for the New York Times who writes frequently about film, television and comedy, David L. Itzkoff turns 43… Director of marketing at Window Nation, Eric Goldscher turns 40… Deputy chief of staff for Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Yuri Beckelman turns 37… Israeli television and radio newscaster and host, she completed medical school in 2017, Hila Chaya Korach turns 35… Non-fiction creative executive at Endeavor Content, Sally Rosen turns 33… Corporate communications assistant at Bonobos, she was previously deputy director of scheduling for Senator Chuck Schumer, Kaylee Berger turns 27… Jerusalem resident Donni Lurman

SUNDAY: Australian billionaire residential property developer, colloquially known as “High-Rise Harry,” builder of more than 75,000 residential units, Harry Triguboff turns 86… Professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, author of 27 books and the former co-editor of Dissent magazine, Michael Laban Walzer 84… Researcher in Yiddish language at Sweden’s Lund University’s Centre for Languages and Literature, Henrik Lewis-Guttermann turns 70… Best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of financiers and politicians, Ron Chernow turns 70… NPR personality and the host and producer of the radio and television show “This American Life,” Ira Jeffrey Glass turns 60… Dean Emeritus of Pace University School of Law, he was previously chairman of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, David Yassky turns 55… Co-founder and co-president of Clarity Capital, an investment management firm based in NYC and Tel Aviv, also chair, co-founder and trustee of NYC-based giving circle, the Natan Fund, David Steinhardt turns 50… EVP and general counsel to Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans, Anat Hakim turns 50… Founder and CEO of Bunk1, a provider of parent-engagement software for summer camps, he is a co-owner of the Miami Marlins as a member of the Jeter investment group, Ari Jack Ackerman turns 48… Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and an adjunct professor of law at NYU, she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Scalia (2012-2013), Danielle R. Sassoonturns 33… Deputy Press Secretary for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Freddi Goldstein turns 29… Steven Kantor…