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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Founder and chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) recently hosted a forum of ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of 11 countries from around the world, including Ambassador of the European Union, H.E Mr. Emanuele Giaufret. The meeting comes as countries around the globe are looking for innovations to drive economic recovery following the Coronavirus pandemic, and investigating ways to harness new technologies to allow businesses to safely restore their operations.

“The world economy can and will recover, but only through partnership: partnership between the public and the private sector, and partnership between nations.” Margalit said. “If you want to be an international technology center – partner with Israel.”

The delegation included ambassadors, heads of mission, and representatives of the EU, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Rwanda.

The event – held in accordance with social distancing guidelines -- was hosted at Margalit Startup City in Jerusalem, in cooperation with the Ambassadors’ Club, headed by former head of protocol at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Yitzhak Eldan.

Erel Margalit told the group, “The world economy can and will recover, but only through partnership: partnership between the public and the private sector, and partnership between nations.”

He spoke about some of the more than 150 companies JVP had created, and the global impact of Israeli technologies and shtart ups. He stressed, “If you want to be an international technology center – partner with Israel,” and added that, “in the 1990’s, Israel was doing amazing things in communications. After 9/11, Israel emerged as a leading source of cyber security and later AI technologies. Today, the real revolution is in the vertical markets – in food tech, and digital health, automotive and mobility and others. These markets have the potential to answer some of the most pressing issues we face today, to generate employment, and positively impact lives around the world.”

He went on to tell the diplomats about JVP’s work in Beer Sheva, in Haifa, in the Galilee, and of the newly established JVP cyber hub in partnership with the city of New York located in SoHo.  Founded in 1993, JVP has created some 150 companies with investments totaling more than $1.4 billion. -- Photo Credit - Courtesy JVP


JERUSALEM – A Supreme Court hearing was held this past Sunday, September 6, 2020 regarding the petition against the freeze of funding towards the salaries of Reform and Conservative rabbis serving in Israel’s cities. This petition was filed by the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) on behalf of the Israeli Reform and Conservative movements.

During the hearing, Orly Erez-Likhovski, Director of IRAC’s Legal Department, criticized the State for freezing governmental support towards Reform and Conservative rabbis’ salaries while continuing to pay Orthodox rabbis, despite the lack of an approved national budget. Governmental support to Reform and Conservative rabbis serving in cities began in 2019 after 70 years of budgetary discrimination, and 4 Supreme Court petitions.

As a result of the hearing, the Supreme Court issued an order that the State of Israel must explain why they are not providing the promised funding towards Reform and Conservative rabbis’ salaries this year.

Anat Hoffman, IRAC Executive Director, stated: “The Supreme Court’s order is one more step towards leveling the playing field for Reform and Conservative rabbis, and one giant leap towards recognition and acceptance of non-Orthodox rabbis in Israel.”



Newly elected Presiding Judge Eric C. Tayor

Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced today the Judges of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County have elected Assistant Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor to be the Presiding Judge for the 2021-2022 term beginning on January 1, 2021. Judge Taylor has served as the Assistant Presiding Judge since January 1, 2019.

In September 2019, Judge Taylor became a voting member of the Judicial Council of California assigned to the Legislation Committee.

Presiding Judge-Elect Taylor was appointed to the Inglewood Municipal Court in 1998, serving as Presiding Judge prior to trial court unification. He was subsequently appointed Superior Court Site Judge for the Inglewood Courthouse. In 2001, he was appointed Assistant District Supervising Judge of the Southwest District. From 2002 to 2003, he served as Supervising Judge of the Southwest District. In 2011, he was elected to the Superior Court Executive Committee, serving until 2013.

In 2003, Judge Taylor was elected President of the California Judges Association (CJA) after serving on its board for two years. While president, Former Chief Justice Ronald George appointed Judge Taylor as an advisory member to the California Judicial Council and to the Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Committee, serving from 2000 to 2003.

In 2015, he became the first judge to be elected for a second time as President of CJA, and to again serve on the Judicial Council under Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

During his first term as president, Judge Taylor helped to revitalize CJA – overhauling its publications, increasing its presence in Sacramento, traveling to more than 25 counties to expand and solidify membership, and to give Judges a strong voice throughout the state. In his second term, he again led efforts to promote membership and a more proactive association concerning issues related to the quality of justice in California and the dignity of the judiciary. Judge Taylor also chaired CJA’s Public Information and Access Committee and served on the editorial board of its main publication, “The Bench.”

Judge Taylor also served on the Steering Committee for the California Judicial College, where he served as a discussion group leader.

Prior to the bench, Judge Taylor served as a Deputy County Counsel for Los Angeles County, practicing in the Civil Litigation, Sheriff’s Civil Defense and Public Works Divisions. He practiced as a litigation associate at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, and the former law offices of Pettit and Martin. In 1986, he served as an extern to California Supreme Court Justice Allen E. Broussard.

Judge Taylor holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. At Virginia, he chaired the Migrant Farmworkers Legal Project and co-chaired the Law Public Services Program.

At Dartmouth, Judge Taylor was a Gould Foundation Scholar and sang for four years with the Dartmouth Aires. Judge Taylor is a trustee of the Cate Preparatory School and has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University since 2013.


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