Daily Kickoff — White House Hanukkah edition: Our community’s rare convergence event

December 15, 2016

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WHITE HOUSE HANUKKAH — We’ll get to everyone’s favorite spotted list in a bit but first some real talk. 

Ed Note: Our Community's Rare Convergence — It’s no secret we’re a segmented community, operating in political and organizational silos. For better and for worse, no single individual or group “runs” or “represents” the U.S. Jewish community. One challenge we face: Too often, as a community we're unable to talk with each other, but rather we talk at one another. We rarely — if ever — attend the same events. And if we’re not in the same room, it’s rather difficult to share a common conversation. 

If there’s been one truly diverse annual gathering of the Jewish community in recent years, spanning the communal and religious spectrums, it’s President Obama’s Hanukkah Party. There are those who focus on national security and foreign policy and others who are committed to domestic issues. Groups such as AIPAC, J Street, Bend the Arc, Conference of Presidents, T'ruah, JFNA, Chabad, URJ, Agudath Israel, USCJ, Orthodox Union, IKAR… and so many more, represented by their top leaders and their “plus ones.” We're talking primarily on the communal side but there has also been a degree of political diversity with several Republican Jews in attendance over the years (January 20th, we will meet you on the other side.” [Wednesday night despite consternation within its own ranks and in the broader Jewish community.” [midnight deadline came and went Thursday with no approval from the president. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama had decided to let it become law without his signature. “The administration has, and continues to use, all of the necessary authorities to waive the relevant sanctions” lifted as part of the nuclear deal, Earnest said in a statement… Though Obama's move doesn't prevent the sanctions renewal from entering force, it marked a symbolic attempt by the president to demonstrate disapproval for lawmakers' actions.” [on Wednesday to Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who predicted that Israel would cease to exist within 25 years. “Don't threaten us, we are not a rabbit, we are a tiger,” said Netanyahu while on a visit to Kazakhstan.” [Wednesday that Ivanka had put her Trump Park Avenue apartment on the market for $4.1 million.” 

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