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Veteran diplomat Gideon Meir dies at 74 – The Times of Israel

| February 18, 2021

Senior Israeli diplomat Gideon Meir died on Monday at the age of 74 after a bout with cancer. Meir, born in Jerusalem in 1947, served as Israels envoy to Italy from 2006 to 2011, and most recently as head of the Foreign Ministrys Public Diplomacy Division. He also took part in peace negotiations with Egypt

What I learned from starting a new job during the pandemic – CTech

| February 16, 2021

Last month I met my team face to face for the first time. Not a very surprising statement coming from a newcomer to an organization. However, in my case, it happened exactly on my 10th month anniversary of joining the company.

Harris’ stepdaughter accidentally highlights the complexity of Jewish identity J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| February 16, 2021

On Inauguration Day, I was very emotional, not only because Kamala Harris became the first African American and Asian American and woman to serve as vice president, and not only because her husband, Doug Emhoff, is the first second gentleman. But also because Emhoff is the first Jewish spouse of a U.S. president or vice president

Lilly exec resigns after relationship that violated policy – The Republic

| February 14, 2021

Eli Lilly has replaced its chief financial officer who resigned following an investigation into a personal relationship that violated company policy. Josh Smiley stepped down as senior vice president and chief financial officer and will leave the company, the drugmaker said Tuesday, after it learned of allegations of an inappropriate personal relationship between Smiley and an employee. The independent investigation found consensual though inappropriate personal communications between Smiley and some employees and behavior that demonstrated poor judgment, according to the company.

Ins and outs: Changes at Merck, Lilly and Editas – BioProcess Insider – BioProcess Insider

| February 14, 2021

Kenneth Frazier will step down from his position as CEO of Merck & Co. and hand over to CFO Robert Davis.

Israel not the reason Biden hasn’t called Netanyahu. What is? – analysis – The Jerusalem Post

| February 14, 2021

All those wondering why US President Joe Biden has still not called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more than three weeks after being sworn into office would do well to take a look at the Facebook page of Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. There, as the pages banner photo, is a picture of a smiling Lapid in a light, chummy moment with Biden in what appears to be Bidens office. The picture is somewhat fuzzy, and it is not clear when it was taken or what position Biden occupied at the time.

A place in the sun? Assessing the Turkish governments olive branch to Israel – Global Risk Insights

| February 14, 2021

Following the election of Joe Biden as the next US President, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan has set the eyes of an increasingly diplomatically isolated nation on its regional neighbour and former ally. Israel, spurred by the threat of Iran in the region, has also sent signals that rapprochement with Turkey is on the cards.

Dagashiya in decline: The slow fade of a traditional sweets institution – The Japan Times

| February 7, 2021

Inagaki Kashiten is a childs dream. Its tiny, wood-paneled room is lined with plastic jars of inexpensive dagashi candy. Kids can bash away at child-sized arcade machines, or pile mini baskets with 30-a-pop treats

This 25-year-old Ashkenazi-British-Sudanese comedian is blowing up on TikTok – Forward

| February 6, 2021

Lukas Arnold talks about his life all the time; its central to the comedy that has earned him 1.1 million followers on TikTok. And yet, the more he talks about himself, the more of an enigma he becomes. The 25-year-old comedian and voice actors dad is Ashkenazi, with ancestry in Poland

Maxwell House Haggadah used 1695 art, calmed Ashkenazi nerves (the coffee bean is not a bean) – The Jewish Star

| February 3, 2021

By Henry Abramson Generations of American Jews received their first visual impressions of the Exodus from the iconic Maxwell House Haggadah. Introduced as a clever marketing device in 1932 to convince Ashkenazi consumers that the coffee was kosher for Passover (although we call them coffee beans, they are actually the seeds of a fruit and therefore not prohibited as kitniyot), the initially pedestrian Haggadah has been updated and reprinted more than 55 million times

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