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The law is slated to be signed by the president today.
05/28/2020
Trump to sign the Never Again Education Act into law

The law is slated to be signed by the president today.

The Never Again Education Act is set to be signed into law Thursday by President Donald Trump, though details of the signing remain up in the air. Background: The bipartisan bill, sponsored in the House by Rep. Carolyn Maloney and in the Senate by Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kevin....

Daily Kickoff: City Hall edition — An interview with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti + the former Treasury official running for...
05/28/2020
Daily Kickoff: City Hall edition — An interview with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti + the former Treasury official running for mayor of Baltimore

Daily Kickoff: City Hall edition — An interview with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti + the former Treasury official running for mayor of Baltimore

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his family joined an online broadcast to bake cheesecakes and raise money for the elderly ahead of Shavuot at the Pantry Packers facility in Jerusalem, managed by Colel Chabad. Actress and singer Idina Menzel, known for her roles in “Wicked” and “...

Daily Kickoff: Why Orthodox Jews love this British shirtmaker — an interview with Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler
05/27/2020
Daily Kickoff: Why Orthodox Jews love this British shirtmaker — an interview with Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler

Daily Kickoff: Why Orthodox Jews love this British shirtmaker — an interview with Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited Yeshivat Kfar Haroeh today for a joint study session ahead of Shavuot. (MARK NEYMAN/GPO) Emmy award-winning actor, best known for playing Toby Ziegler on “The West Wing,” Richard Schiff turns 65 Media mogul Sumner Redstone turns 97… Diplomat Henry K...

This new book explores the "secret lives" led by some Hasidic Jews who have lost their faith — but not their lifestyle.
05/26/2020
Inside the secret double lives of some Hasidic Jews

This new book explores the "secret lives" led by some Hasidic Jews who have lost their faith — but not their lifestyle.

Ayala Fader’s new book studies the ‘Hidden Heretics’ who have lost their faith but choose to stay in the community

The congresswoman says she has learned from tweets about Israel that upset many people. "As someone who didn’t have an u...
05/26/2020
Rep. Ilhan Omar’s memoir puts her back in the spotlight

The congresswoman says she has learned from tweets about Israel that upset many people. "As someone who didn’t have an understanding, I now do."

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) raised eyebrows with comments she made about Israel in an interview with the U.K. Sunday Times, ahead of today’s release of her new book, This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman.  Drawing equivalence: Speaking to reporter Josh Glancy, Omar ...

Daily Kickoff: A close congressional race in Pennsylvania‘s 7th featuring Susan Wild and Lisa Scheller + Ilhan Omar’s ne...
05/26/2020
Daily Kickoff: A close congressional race in Pennsylvania‘s 7th featuring Susan Wild and Lisa Scheller + Ilhan Omar’s new book

Daily Kickoff: A close congressional race in Pennsylvania‘s 7th featuring Susan Wild and Lisa Scheller + Ilhan Omar’s new book

Holocaust survivor Heinz Wallach from Dallas, Texas, celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday with a parade of cars and visitors — who practiced social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic — organized by the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Co-founder and CEO of Mobileye, he became...

Daily Kickoff: Astronaut Mark Kelly hopes to shuttle to the Senate + the Israeli-American doctor providing free eye care...
05/22/2020
Daily Kickoff: Astronaut Mark Kelly hopes to shuttle to the Senate + the Israeli-American doctor providing free eye care in Ethiopia

Daily Kickoff: Astronaut Mark Kelly hopes to shuttle to the Senate + the Israeli-American doctor providing free eye care in Ethiopia

Harvard Law School professor, Noah Feldman turns 50 today… FRIDAY: Director of the Hudson Institute’s Economic Policy Studies Group, Irwin M. Stelzer turns 88… Award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker since 1989, Connie Bruck turns 74… Former Skadden partner and then vice-chair ...

Daily Kickoff: Now running for an open congressional seat, Carolyn Bourdeaux hopes second time's a charm in Georgia
05/21/2020
Daily Kickoff: Now running for an open congressional seat, Carolyn Bourdeaux hopes second time's a charm in Georgia

Daily Kickoff: Now running for an open congressional seat, Carolyn Bourdeaux hopes second time's a charm in Georgia

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) shows off his menorah selection as a backdrop for a Senate hearing on environmental protection at the Committee on Environment and Public Works yesterday. Bestselling author, staff writer at The New Yorker and legal analyst at CNN, Jeffrey Toobin turns 60… CEO of the Bos...

Daily Kickoff: Inside the Zoom room of Biden’s fundraiser with Jewish Dems
05/20/2020
Daily Kickoff: Inside the Zoom room of Biden’s fundraiser with Jewish Dems

Daily Kickoff: Inside the Zoom room of Biden’s fundraiser with Jewish Dems

New Diaspora Minister Omer Yankelevitch (L) and outgoing minister Tzipi Hotovely bump elbows at a passing of the baton ceremony at the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs in Jerusalem yesterday. The Jerusalem Post’s Lahav Harkov captioned the photo, “Sheitels of the Knesset.” Born in upstate NY as Mi...

A top advisor to Biden said the former VP is "known, respected and liked across the body politic in Israel."
05/19/2020
Top Biden advisor: As president, former VP would keep disagreements with Israel private

A top advisor to Biden said the former VP is "known, respected and liked across the body politic in Israel."

‘When it comes to your friends and partners, you're much more effective when you disagree on a policy matter in dealing with it in private — doing it clearly, forcefully, effectively, but not airing, to the greatest extent possible, any dirty laundry in public’

Daily Kickoff: In New Mexico House race, a new attack ad featuring swastika eyes is raising brows
05/19/2020
Daily Kickoff: In New Mexico House race, a new attack ad featuring swastika eyes is raising brows

Daily Kickoff: In New Mexico House race, a new attack ad featuring swastika eyes is raising brows

The Platt brothers — Ben, Henry, and Jonah — sing for the Graduate Together program on CBS All Access. Retired Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Gadi Eizenkot turns 60… Senior counsel in the DC office of Blank Rome LLP specializing in government contracts law, Harvey ...

A bipartisan group of members of Congress are speaking out against the potential move.
05/18/2020
Congress warns Trump about withdrawing U.S. troops from Sinai

A bipartisan group of members of Congress are speaking out against the potential move.

A bipartisan group of members of Congress — led by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) and ranking member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) — are cautioning the Trump administration against withdrawing U.S. troops from the international peacekeeping force in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,...

Daily Kickoff: Nikki Fried is Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat + Napa Valley’s new kosher wine
05/18/2020
Daily Kickoff: Nikki Fried is Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat + Napa Valley’s new kosher wine

Daily Kickoff: Nikki Fried is Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat + Napa Valley’s new kosher wine

Gilad Erdan, the next ambassador to the U.N. and U.S., takes a selfie with newly sworn-in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz at the Knesset yesterday. Erdan was sworn in as Regional Cooperation Minister until his formal confirmation. Retired New York Times c...

Find out who will be the foreign minister and who will serve as finance minister in the next Israeli government.
05/15/2020
Israel's new government cabinet shapes up amid swearing-in delay

Find out who will be the foreign minister and who will serve as finance minister in the next Israeli government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to postpone the swearing-in of his fifth government on Thursday — rescheduling it for Sunday — amid an internal revolt and a last-minute defection.  Lineup: By Friday morning, the majority of ministerial positions were determined, although a ...

Daily Kickoff: Ala Dakka — who stars as ‘Bashar the boxer’ on Fauda’s season 3 — on growing up in Beersheba between two ...
05/15/2020
Daily Kickoff: Ala Dakka — who stars as ‘Bashar the boxer’ on Fauda’s season 3 — on growing up in Beersheba between two worlds

Daily Kickoff: Ala Dakka — who stars as ‘Bashar the boxer’ on Fauda’s season 3 — on growing up in Beersheba between two worlds

Recent Issues May 15May 14May 13May 12May 8May 7May 6May 5 Daily Kickoff May 15, 2020 Share Good Friday morning! Last night, during a webcast hosted by the Trump re-election campaign, former Mideast peace envoy Jason Greenblatt blasted Joe Biden for criticizing the “context” of the U.S. Embass...

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