Jewish Insider Daily Kickoff – Nov. 7

Driving the Day – Geneva2 Iran talks expected to get underway with Zariff-Ashton breakfast at 8am, followed by 11am plenary – (via @lrozen)

West Close to Temporary Nuclear Deal With Iran, Official Says: “On the eve of a new round of talks between world powers and Iran, a senior Obama administration official said Wednesday that the United States was prepared to offer Iran limited relief from economic sanctions if Tehran agreed to halt its nuclear program and reversed part of it. The official said that suspending Iran’s nuclear efforts, perhaps for six months, would give negotiators time to pursue a comprehensive agreement.

–“Put simply, what we’re looking for now is a first phase, a first step, an initial understanding that stops Iran’s nuclear program from moving forward for the first time in decades and that potentially rolls part of it back,” the administration official told reporters on the condition of anonymity because of diplomatic concerns. The official said that the details of such a step had already been discussed by international and Iranian officials and suggested that it might be agreed on as early as this week. It would likely include constraints on the level of Iran’s uranium enrichment, the country’s stockpiles of nuclear material and the abilities of its nuclear facilities, added the official, who declined to provide further details. It would also involve verification measures.” [NYTimes] (more…)

Jewish Individuals are the Wealthiest in 11 out of 50 States

According to the recent infamous Pew study, overall, Jews make up about 2.2 percent of Americans. Despite this low number, 12 percent of all US Senators are Jewish in addition to 33 percent of current Supreme Court Justices. Now according to a new report by Wealth-X, the single wealthiest individual in 22 percent of States in America is Jewish.


Sheldon Adelson – Nevada

Theodore Lerner – Maryland

Richard Cohen – New Hampshire

Anita Zucker – South Carolina

Michael Bloomberg – New York

Micky Arison – Florida

Samuel Zell – Illinois

Michael Dell – Texas

Lawrence Ellison – California

Leslie Wexner – Ohio

David Tepper – New Jersey




Jarrod Bernstein, former White House Jewish Liaison, joins MWW PR

Jarrod Bernstein, former White House director of Jewish outreach, joins MWW public relations as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, New York office.

Jarrod Neal Bernstein is a former Obama Administration Counter Terrorism and Community Outreach Official. Bernstein was appointed Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in October 2011 and served until January 2013. From April 2009 to September 2011 Jarrod served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and the Acting Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

During his tenure at DHS, Jarrod worked extensively on numerous responses to significant events and policy initiatives including on the response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the earthquake in Haiti, as well as the dissemination of intelligence information to state and local governments during periods of increased threat.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Jarrod was dispatched by the White House to New York City to help coordinate the Federal Response.

Prior to his service at DHS, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There he was responsible for community crisis management and outreach around mayoral programs. These outreach efforts involved working with diverse communities across the Five Boroughs of New York City to ensure community engagement in the policy process.

From 2002 to 2007 he was the chief spokesman with the New York City Office of Emergency Management where he managed the citywide public information efforts around dozens of large-scale emergencies. These included the 2003 Blackout, multiple periods of heightened threat, multiple aircraft and boat crashes, dozens of building collapses, as well the 2006 anthrax scare. He was also responsible for writing New York’s Emergency Public Information Plan, still in use today.

New York Jews host Booker fundraisers

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is getting a lot of help from his Jewish friends lately – financial help that is. According to the Wall Street Journal, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted Booker at his Upper East Side townhouse last night for a fundraiser with about 50 people attending that the Journal estimates brought in at least $130,000.

As the Journal points out, “this is not the first time Mr. Booker has traveled to New York to help fund his bid for the open U.S. Senate seat — and he will return before the Aug. 13 primary.”

On July 11, there was an evening fundraiser for “young professionals” on the rooftop of the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea hosted by two young Jewish women – Audrey Gelman — press secretary for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and an actress on the “Girls” television show — and Carolyn Tisch Sussman, the granddaughter of the former chairman of the New York Giants, according to the invitation.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump will host a fundraiser for Booker’s Senate bid next Wednesday, a campaign source familiar with the event told Politico. Tickets for the evening reception held by the daughter of Donald Trump and the owner of Kushner Properties begin at $5,200 and go up to $10,400, according to the invitation. Jared’s younger brother and venture capitalist, Josh Kushner, is a cohost. Jared and Ivanka had bundled $41,000 for Booker’s Senate campaign as of May.

In the New York/New Jersey area, the pro-Israel group NORPAC has already hosted 3 events for Booker in the past few months including events in Englewood hosted by Daniel and Joyce Straus, in Teaneck hosted by Drs. Mort and Esther Friedman, and at Woodcliff Lake hosted by Robert and Diane Rosenblatt

Booker has raised raised $6.5 million so far this year. Booker is running to fill the US Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg, who died on June 3rd.

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