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DRIVING THE DAY -- President Donald Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. Among other important topics, Trump was expected (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=b64a5d1a30&e=adac2c0d2c) to seek common ground with the Russian leader on scaling back Iran’s role in Syria. Addressing Israeli concerns (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=e9da868b5a&e=adac2c0d2c) about the U.S. leaving the region, National Security Advisor John Bolton indicated (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=8568a1d1cb&e=adac2c0d2c) yesterday that U.S. troops would remain in Syria as long as Iran continues to “menace” the region.

Senator Ben Sasse‏ (R-NE) tweets (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=0be9d78260&e=adac2c0d2c) : "Things Every American Should Know Before the Trump-Putin Helsinki meeting: 1. Exactly who is Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader our president is about to meet with in Helsinki? And what does he want? It’s a complicated question. But here’s what we do know… Putin is a crook and a liar. He has broken almost every agreement he has signed with the United States, including on Syria and Ukraine... President Trump should have only one message for Putin: Quit messing with America."

VIEW FROM JERUSALEM -- With Trump strategy unclear, U.S. allies turn to Moscow to secure their interests in Syria -- by Karen DeYoung and Joby Warrick: "Confused by apparently conflicting administration messages, and doubtful that the United States has a plan for achieving its own long-term goals in Syria, regional allies have reached out to Russia... “It’s very clear that Russia and Israel are cooperating on Syria. The Saudis and Russia are cooperating,” said a senior international diplomat closely involved in the conflict... and described those contacts as a “good thing” to the extent that they “helped cool things down.” “The Americans,” the diplomat said, now consider “Syria . . . a Russian thing."” [WashPost (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=c6c7732d27&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

HEARD YESTERDAY -- Netanyahu at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem:
"Yesterday I spoke with US President Donald Trump. We discussed security and diplomatic issues in light of developments in the region, with Syria and Iran first and foremost, of course... I thanked President Trump for his strong policy against Iran because since this policy has been taken, we have seen a great effect on – and inside – Iran. President Trump clearly reiterated his commitment to the security of Israel and his willingness to help the State of Israel in various fields and, of course, I thanked him for that."

-- "Israeli officials told me Netanyahu called Trump to coordinate before the Helsinki summit." [Axios (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=f58470a6ef&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

ON THE GROUND -- Israel Broadens Fight Against Iran -- by Sune Engel Rasmussen and Felicia Schwartz: "Israel is ramping up attacks against Iranian supply lines in Syria to block the flow of weapons to Hezbollah and other Tehran-backed militias... In June Israel targeted a far-flung compound near the Syria-Iraq border, according to a security official, after carrying out multiple strikes closer to home against suspected Iranian military assets in Syria... A U.S. official confirmed that Israel was behind it... Israel considers it paramount to roll back Iran’s territorial expansion before the U.S. draws down its forces. Israel’s June strike so far to the east indicated that urgency." [WSJ (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=174bea6b46&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

Syrian state media: Israeli rockets strike military position near Aleppo -- by Lisa Barrington:
"Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had hit a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo... It said the strikes were an attempt by Israel to support rebels in southern Syria, where Syrian government forces have been waging an offensive." [Reuters (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=459acf2918&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

FIRST LOOK -- Adapted from former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicers's upcoming book (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=1fbd463624&e=adac2c0d2c) titled "The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President" -- On Holocaust Centers (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=52d128ca40&e=adac2c0d2c) remark: "Earlier, I had been part of a small, impromptu briefing in the dining room off the Oval Office where Secretary [of Defense James] Mattis had explained to the president the degree of the current atrocities committed by Syria's leader, Bashar al-Assad. He noted that not even Adolf Hilter had dared to use chemical weapons on the battlefield... When I went into the briefing room to begin the daily briefing, echoes of Mattis's words were still with me... Eleven of the first fifteen questions focused on Syria... I was doing well, talking about the president's reaction and concern. But then came the sixteenth question [about Assad]... I
thought to myself, 'I got this.' I had been in a groove expressing the president's concerns and Assad's horrific actions. But instead of staying on the messages that had been working just fine. I tried to turn it up a notch..."

"I read the body language of not only the reporters but also my own staffers along the side of the room. I was beginning to realize I had misspoken badly... Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Natalie Strom, and Raj Shah gave me a look and said, 'Deeper than the Titanic.' Then I noticed a calendar on my computer. It read, 'First day of Passover.' Reince [Priebus] came into my office. 'Remember the first thing you taught me in media training?' he asked. 'Yes,' I said sheepishly. Never compare anyone to Hitler. I made a mistake, a big one, and I needed to say so. I went to the Oval Office to see the president. 'Mr. President, I need you to know that I just stepped in it really badly, and I screwed up.'

"In May [when Trump visited Israel]... I was greatly moved by our brief visit to Yad Vashem... COming out of Yad Vashem, the Israeli press yelled at me, 'Hey, Mr. Spicer, What did you think? What did you think?' Hope Hicks, who was between me and the president, whispered, 'Just keep going.' 'I think I need to talk to them,' I whispered back. I walked over to the press and spoke about what a profound impact Yad Vashem had on me... And then I just kept walking, in silence for the rest of the way to our vehicle."

DEEP DIVE -- How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets -- by David Sanger and Ronen Bergman: "The morning shift of Iranian guards would arrive around 7 a.m., a year of surveillance of the warehouse by the Israeli spy agency had revealed, and the agents were under orders to leave before 5 a.m. to have enough time to escape... The agents arrived that night, Jan. 31, with torches that burned at least 3,600 degrees, hot enough... to cut through the 32 Iranian-made safes. But they left many untouched, going first for the ones containing the black binders, which contained the most critical designs. When time was up, they fled for the border."

"Fewer than two dozen agents took part in the break-in. Fearing that some of them would be caught, the Israelis removed the materials on several different routes. At exactly 7 a.m., as the Mossad expected, a guard arrived and discovered that the doors and safes were broken. He sounded the alarm, and the Iranian authorities soon began a nationwide campaign to locate the burglars — an effort that, according to an Israeli official, included “tens of thousands of Iranian security and police personnel.” The effort yielded nothing." [NYTimes (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=bdc4eed463&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

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“This archive explains why we have doubts,” a senior Israeli official told U.S. journalists at the briefing in Tel Aviv... “It explains why the [nuclear deal] to us is worse than nothing, because it leaves key parts of the nuclear program unaddressed,” the official said. “It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.” [WashPost (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=4331ff2e75&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

REPORT -- Moscow hosted indirect Iran-Israel talks, claims Kuwaiti newspaper:
"A Kuwaiti newspaper claimed on Friday that indirect talks have taken place in Moscow between Iran and Israel in an attempt to find solutions for a number of regional issues... Al-Jarida said that the visits to Moscow of senior Iranian official Ali Akbar Velayati and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the same time were not a coincidence. They were, it claimed, arranged by the Russians to conduct indirect talks." [MiddleEastMonitor (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=33d0d40234&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

IRAN DEAL -- US rejects EU plea for sanctions exemption:
"In a letter to European nations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US rejected the appeal because it wants to exert maximum pressure on Iran... "We will seek to provide unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime," the letter, which was also signed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, said, according to NBC news. It added that the US is "not in a position to make exceptions to this policy except in very specific circumstances."" [BBC (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=84ce6f2c7b&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

Wendy Sherman tweets (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=81bf28b6de&e=adac2c0d2c) on the 3rd anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal:
"Team Silver Fox - what you accomplished three years ago today will prove to be an historic nuclear agreement even as Europe now has to struggle to preserve it. Our gratitude to our P5+1 and the EU colleagues. Thank you."

TALK OF THE REGION -- Truce Called After Israel Strikes Gaza Over Rockets, Arson -- by Felicia Schwartz: "Israel and Gaza settled into an uneasy truce Sunday after their most intense fighting since the 2014 war over the weekend... Israel’s military struck dozens of Hamas targets in Gaza during an air campaign on Saturday that Mr. Netanyahu said was “the hardest blow” dealt to Hamas since Israel’s ground war four years ago, which was in response to an escalation of mortar and rocket fire from Gaza." [WSJ (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=fff62a6c9b&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

‘Give peace a chance,’ UN envoy tells Palestinians -- by Khaled Abu Toameh:
"UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov appealed to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to halt rocket and mortar attacks on Israel... during a news conference in Gaza City... “I appeal to the Palestinian factions to not provoke incidents at the fence, to stop firing rockets and mortars, to stop the incendiary kites and to give peace a chance,” Mladenov said." [JPost (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=872087e6f6&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

Israel has Iran on the brain, and all the kites in Gaza won’t change that -- by Avi Issacharoff:
"Israel sees getting dragged into a complicated war in Gaza over incendiary kites as unnecessary for the IDF while a much more critical campaign is being waged in Syria over Iran." [ToI (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=4073381435&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

For Second Time in Two Weeks: U.S. Jews Walk Off Birthright Trip to Join Anti-occupation Activity -- by Nir Hasson:
"A group of eight young Americans who are visiting Israel as part of a Birthright-Israel trip left the tour during a visit to Jerusalem's City of David, choosing instead to conduct a solidarity visit with a Palestinian family slated for eviction from their home... The group streamed the event live on Facebook... Some of the eight people received a message that Birthright intends to cancel their return tickets." [Haaretz (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=20e7d14b7b&e=adac2c0d2c) ; Video (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=27759f6a3a&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

REPORT -- Price tag for Trump’s $250,000 Jerusalem embassy is in – at $21.5 million -- by Bryant Harris:
"Documents uploaded this week to the official database of federal spending show that Maryland-based joint venture Desbuild Limak D&K has been awarded a $21.2 million award to design and build “addition and compound security upgrades” to the embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood. That’s in addition to the $335,000 spent to get the facility... ready for its ritzy grand opening as an embassy back in May." [Al-Monitor (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=ddc004d5cb&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

HAPPENING TODAY -- The Knesset will debate the controversial (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=65979a451b&e=adac2c0d2c) Jewish nation-state law that would prioritize Jewish values over democratic ones after reaching (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=3305e35095&e=adac2c0d2c) a coalition agreement on a clause that underscored the importance of establishing Jewish communities and approving it in the Knesset committee.

-- Yesterday, Jerry Silverman, President of the Jewish Federations of North America, attempted (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=b53b05d0d2&e=adac2c0d2c) to address a Knesset committee to relay his organization's concerns (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=c55127c85c&e=adac2c0d2c) about the bill's impact on Jews in Diaspora -- also being opposed (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=0ff256243f&e=adac2c0d2c) by President Reuven Rivlin -- but was prevented from speaking due to procedural restrictions.

Mairav Zonszein writes... "Anti-Semitism doesn’t bother Benjamin Netanyahu if it comes from his political allies: Although he is nine years into his second term as prime minister, Netanyahu operates as if he could lose his seat at any moment. He appears to act solely to serve his own interests, and if that means aligning Israel with far-right governments in Europe (and the United States), the other details don’t seem to matter to him... In some ways, Netanyahu is the perfect symbol of the State of Israel: an entity whose entire mission is to survive and endure; that is so obsessed with its own existence, it justifies all means." [WashPost (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=834d4ec9d8&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

2018 WATCH -- In rebuke of Dianne Feinstein, Kevin de León wins endorsement of California Democrats in Senate race -- by Phil Willon:
"California Democratic Party leaders took a step to the left Saturday night, endorsing liberal state lawmaker Kevin de León for Senate in a stinging rebuke of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein... The endorsement was an embarrassment for Feinstein, who is running for a fifth full term, and indicates that Democratic activists in California have soured on her reputation for pragmatism and deference to bipartisanship." [LATimes (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=0c7ce270bd&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

HEARD THE OTHER DAY -- Democratic congressional candidate (NY14) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained her criticism of Israel in an interview on PBS' Front Line:
"I believe absolutely in Israel’s right to exist. I am a proponent of the two state solution... But I also think that what people are starting to see in the occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian conditions and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue... I just look at things through a human rights lens, and I may not use the right words – I know this is a very intense issue... Middle Eastern politics is not exactly at my kitchen table every night, but I also recognize that this is an intensely-important issue for people in my district, for Americans across the country. And I think at least what is important to communicate is that I am willing to listen and that I’m willing to learn and evolve on this issue as I think many Americans are." [Video (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=32ed1657d6&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

2020 WATCH -- $88 Million and Counting: Trump Amasses Huge Head Start for 2020 Campaign -- by Ken Vogel and Rachel Shorey:
"President Trump has raised more than $88 million for his re-election campaign over the last year and a half... The committee received $169,500 from the real estate developer Stanley Chera. Mr. Chera partnered with the company owned by the family of Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on a $1 billion deal to sell the retail space at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan... Separately, America First Action, a “super PAC” dedicated to supporting Mr. Trump and allied candidates, filed a report on Sunday night revealing that it had raised more than $5 million between mid-May and the end of June. Major contributions came from the Los Angeles real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer, who donated $2 million, and the casino executive Cherna Moskowitz, who donated $1 million." [NYTimes
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THE DAILY KUSHNER -- How Jared Kushner Helped Bring the 2026 World Cup to North America -- by Emily Jane Fox:
"Last July, around the time when the White House was starting to dig into helping with the FIFA bid, Kushner took a surreptitious trip to Saudi Arabia where he spent considerable time with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,invariably known as M.B.S. (The two reportedly stayed up until 4 A.M. in the morning in private conversations.) This person said that Kushner asked M.B.S. directly for Saudi Arabia’s vote. He did the same with the House of Khalifa in Bahrain. “He was asking for a very large thing—to vote for the U.S. instead of a more natural partner, in Morocco,” this person said. “And yet, they were very willing.” ... Kushner leaned on the relationships he’d developed in his NAFTA talks with both Mexico and Canada to make sure the other two countries were on track in putting their bid packages together. [VanityFair (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=e88b612f5c&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: • • Leon Black sued in dispute over insurance takeover [FinancialTimes (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=4b09c272f9&e=adac2c0d2c) ] • Kushner tenants: We were pushed out for luxury condo buyers [AP (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=45d4a1e359&e=adac2c0d2c) ] • Uber Rival Gett Is Said to Mull Sale of Ride-Share Startup Juno [Bloomberg (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=49e2cc103b&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

STARTUP NATION --

SPOTLIGHT -- The Education of a Brotelier -- by Katherine Rosman:
"[Ben] Weprin is the founder and chief executive of AJ Capital Partners, the Chicago real estate company that is behind Graduate Hotels, a four-year-old chain of boutique hotels situated near college campuses and designed to cater to the nostalgia and local boosterism that are part of the culture of university towns... He and his company are trying to create a brand that will find year-round business by catering to more than just alumni coming back for once-a-year football weekends or 10-year anniversaries of their graduating classes. Travel to college towns has increased in recent years thanks to more frequent visits by “helicopter parents” and the rise of the parent-child college tour. Mr. Weprin, who grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, has even come up with a name for this growing niche: “visitcation.”" [NYT (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=eda1b8c6f2&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

TALK OF THE TOWN -- Getty Museum Acquires a Rare, 700-Year-Old Torah -- by Jori Finkel: "Backed by the $7.2 billion endowment of the Getty Trust, which allows it to compete with high-level private collectors across multiple acquisition fields, the Getty Museum acquired the manuscript from private sellers identified as “the heirs of a Frankfurt-based Jewish family.” The family had received the Torah in 1950 as part of an exchange for land with the city... While the Getty is not disclosing its purchase price, Mr. Potts confirmed that Ronald S. Lauder, the Neue Galerie founder who became a Getty Museum trustee in 2016, and his wife, Jo Carole Lauder, made “a very significant contribution” toward it." [NYTimes (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=e705bc3646&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

He said he was ‘going to burn down the building with all the f------ Jews,’ Miami Beach cops say -- by Howard Cohen: "A resident at a Miami Beach condo was angry after learning he was about to be evicted so he planned to burn down the building and had one group, in particular, targeted, police say. Along with gasoline and some of the materials he planned to use to fan the flames, detectives found artifacts with swastikas and books of Nazi ideology inside his apartment. Miami Beach police said their quick action responding to a tip stopped a condo complex on Collins Avenue from going up in flames Thursday afternoon." [MiamiHerald (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=9995d989e3&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

HOLLYWOOD -- Benjamin Millepied heading to Tel Aviv this fall -- by Amy Spiro:
"Natalie Portman may have very publicly turned down a trip to Israel earlier this year. But this fall, the actress's French husband, Benjamin Millipied, will be visiting Tel Aviv. Millipied, a famed French dancer and choreographer, will be in Israel in October for a series of three performances at the Suzanne Dellal Center in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Millipied will be appearing with the troupe he founded in 2011, the LA Dance Project." [JPost (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=704ac52a8c&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

Amid Backlash, Scarlett Johansson Drops Transgender Role -- by Vanessa Romo:
"After an onslaught of criticism over the past week, actress Scarlett Johansson announced on Friday she will be pulling out of the starring role in Rub & Tug, a film based on the true story of a transgender man who ran a ring of prostitution fronts. "In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project," Johansson said in a statement to Out.com." [NPR (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=7428f2d925&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

Daniella Greenbaum‏ tweets (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=519338fcb8&e=adac2c0d2c) : "Scarlett Johansson just dropped out of the film due to the backlash she received. She should have stood up to her critics."

HAMPTONS SIGHTING -- Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was spotted riding a bike at Cooper’s Beach, Southampton yesterday. [Pic (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=b5db31464d&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

DESSERT -- In Valley Village, Café Florentine Is Tweaking Israeli Comfort Food -- by Josh Lurie: "Chef Ofir Arbel hails from Atto in northern Israel and spent the last 12 years in Tel Aviv... He visited his brother in L.A. and fell for the city (and a woman). Arbel teamed with business partner Liran Sankesh, a seafood wholesaler who runs the Kosher sushi restaurant Sushiko on Pico Boulevard’s Kosher Corridor. The partners decided on Valley Village because the area has a large Jewish community and a lot of simple Kosher restaurants that mainly focus on shawarma and hummus. Café Florentine counter-programs with a concept that Arbel calls “Israeli style, Tel Aviv style, lots of fusion dishes.”" [LAMag (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=043095c503&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

Cafe Landwer in Audubon Circle is a taste of home for local Israeli-born residents -- by Sheryl Julian:
"Moshe Landwer opened the first Landwer coffeehouse in Berlin in 1919. He moved the business to Tel Aviv in 1933 and became a coffee roaster. Today, Landwer has two branches that are separate but work together, explains [Nir] Caspi, one that roasts coffee and one that operates the cafes... Landwer’s menu dishes up many of Israel’s greatest hits..." [BostonGlobe (https://jewishinsider.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df4304ea8a37a7ef335a5fb1b&id=3d1f6e391f&e=adac2c0d2c) ]

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