In coordination with the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s foremost academic institution, American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) will launch a six-month Continuing Legal Education (CLE) series beginning Oct. 6. The free, virtual monthly programs are in partnership with the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (AAJLJ). Topics include religious exemptions for private businesses, Jewish law and democracy, and copyright protection for Holocaust-related material. Virtual programs by world-acclaimed researchers will strengthen global legal community.
Covering a wide range of contemporary domestic and international legal topics -- from religion in commerce, Miranda rights and fighting anti-Semitism to the status of art and literature from Holocaust survivors -- the programs will be open to the legal community on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. PST/2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST from 10/06/21 through 03/02/22. CLE credit requirements, which vary by location, are required by bar associations for lawyers to maintain legal practices.
Attendees in California, Illinois, New York, Nevada, and Pennsylvania will receive one CLE credit per course with reciprocity including Arizona, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Approval is also pending in Florida.
“The Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the flagship of legal research and education in Israel,” said Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir, Dean. “According to the Shanghai international ranking of law schools, the law faculty is ranked first in Israel and 30th in the world, and our international perspective is an important part of the curriculum. Participation in the CLE program is a means to connect with legal practitioners around the world to share expertise and strengthen a sense of community.”
Marilyn Simon-Gersuk, Associate Executive Director of AFHU’s Western Region, noted that the program presenters are “all cutting-edge researchers who have developed expertise in some of the most pressing issues of the increasingly globalized, interconnected legal society. The program is particularly appealing to those connected to Jewish issues and causes and the state of Israel, allowing them to fulfill professional requirements while gaining fascinating legal insights.”

The program schedule is as follows: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, A License to Discriminate? The Consequences of Religious Exemptions, Dr. Netta Barak-Corren, What are the consequences of religious exemptions? And what are the normative implications of these consequences? Dr. Barak-Corren will describe the results of a large-scale field experiment she conducted and measured the effect of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018) on same-sex couples in the wedding market.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Pleading the Fifth, and Plea Bargaining: A Jewish Law Perspective, Professor David Flatto.  In the landmark case of Miranda, the Supreme Court adduced biblical support for the privilege against self-incrimination. Yet, perhaps more striking than this parallel are the fundamental differences in the parameters and justification of this doctrine in Jewish and American jurisprudence. In this lecture, we will explore these comparative legal traditions, and also consider the implications of our analysis for evaluating the widespread practice of plea bargaining.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021, Reviving Jewish Law in a Modern Democratic State: An Ambitious Israeli Project Professor Benjamin Porat.  Jewish law is the national religious legal system of the Jewish people. Finding the right place for Jewish law in Israeli law is one of the fundamental challenges of the legal system of a “Jewish and Democratic State”. The purpose of the Mishpat Ivri project is to enrich the Israeli legal system through the treasures of Jewish law tradition.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022, International Human Rights Law and the Fight Against Online Antisemitism featuring Professor Yuval Shany.  The lecture evaluates, through the lens of international human rights law, some prominent features of the discourse concerning the legal regulation and mechanisms aimed at curbing online antisemitism and other forms of hate speech. Utilizing international human rights law as a point of reference offers a broadly accepted critical perspective for evaluating the hate speech policies of technology companies that operate on a global scale, as well as for assessing the propriety of the regulatory efforts undertaken by national governments. As history shows, regulatory efforts undertaken by national governments have often gone too far in limiting freedom of expression.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Heuristics and Biases and Court Decision Making, Professor Doron Teichman. This talk will present an overview of a wide body of psychological literature documenting the impact of different heuristics and biases on court decisions. Among other things, the talk will discuss how irrelevant factors might impact sentencing decisions and damage awards, how context alters the way judges evaluate the case, and whether factfinders can ignore inadmissible evidence.
Copyright and the Holocaust, Professor Michal Shur-Ofry, Wednesday, March 2, 2022.  Does copyright law play a role in shaping the collective memory of the Holocaust? Should ordinary copyright protection apply to writings, music, and art created by victims in the shadow of genocide? To Nazi documentation and propaganda materials? This talk, describing a large-scale research project by Profs. Michal Shur-Ofry and Guy Pessach, address these questions and unravel complicated relations between copyright law and the Holocaust.
For questions and/or registration, contact Marilyn Simon-Gersuk, Western Region, at or 310.843.3100.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel's leading academic and research institution. Serving 23,000 students from 80 countries, it produces a third of Israel’s civilian research and is ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won eight Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal since 2000. The Hebrew University has 302 academic agreements with institutions in 44 countries; 78 competitive research grants from the European Research Council (ERC) since 2007; student exchange agreements with 56 institutions in 24 countries; 90 courses for the study of some 30 languages; 177 postdoctoral researchers from 26 countries; and an annual enrollment of approximately 2,000 students from 80 countries at the Rothberg International School. For more about the Hebrew University, see

American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) is a national, not-for-profit organization based in the United States. AFHU is headquartered in New York and has six regional offices working in close partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. AFHU provides supporters, Hebrew University alumni and the general public with stimulating programs and events and organizes missions to Israel. The organization’s fundraising activities support scholarly and scientific achievement at the Hebrew University, create scholarships, new facilities and assist the university’s efforts to recruit outstanding new faculty.


LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) has been awarded a Housing-Related Hazards Capital Fund Program grant in the amount of $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to fund the reduction of hazards in its public housing communities.  Nationwide, public housing agencies competed for a portion of the $20 million that was made available by the Federal agency, to identify and eliminate housing-related hazards in public housing such as mold, carbon monoxide, pest infestation, radon, fire hazards, and other housing hazards. Funding to Protect Over 6,000 Families

The focus of the LACDA’s funding will be targeted to the Carmelitos Public Housing Development in North Long Beach, and the Harbor Hills Public Housing Development in the City of Lomita. These sites will receive new exhaust fans in unit bathrooms to prevent mold.  Additionally, the funding will assist in the installation of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in all of the LACDA’s public housing units. Improvements and associated work will be completed in strict compliance with COVID-19 safe construction protocols, as well as building code requirements.

“Carmelitos and Harbor Hills are home to families and young children,” said Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Janice Hahn. “It is absolutely necessary that we keep these homes safe and hazard-free.”

“We are grateful to HUD for being selected as a grant recipient,” said LACDA Executive Director Emilio Salas. “It is the agency’s goal to continue HUD's mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities, and quality affordable homes for all. It is our duty to ensure that the public housing residents we serve continue to live in communities that are hazard-free and this grant will assist us in that effort.”

The LACDA is responsible for the rehabilitation of 2,962 units of public housing and 267 units of non-conventional housing located on 68 sites across the County of Los Angeles.  Since 2010, the LACDA has expended $95 million in Federal funds from the Capital Fund Program, Capital Fund Emergency & Security Grant, and the Community Development Block Grant Program for modernization and rehabilitation activities to provide modest affordable housing for families, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

For more information on the LACDA’s programs, please view the agency’s brochure, LACDA Connected. All media may contact Elisa Vásquez, LACDA Public Information Officer, at (626) 586-1762.



SAN FRANCISCO – At a school in San Francisco, Gov. Newsom recently announced plans to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required to attend school in-person when the vaccine receives full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for middle and high school grades, making California the first state in the nation to announce such a measure. Following the other first-in-the-nation school masking and staff vaccination measures, Gov. Newsom announced the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for in-person school attendance – just like vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and more.

After implementing first-in-the-nation school masking and staff vaccination measures, California becomes the first state to announce plans to require student vaccinations – adding the COVID-19 vaccine to list of vaccinations required for school, such as the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella

Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6).

“The state already requires that students are vaccinated against viruses that cause measles, mumps, and rubella – there’s no reason why we wouldn’t do the same for COVID-19. Today’s measure, just like our first-in-the-nation school masking and staff vaccination requirements, is about protecting our children and school staff, and keeping them in the classroom,” Gov. Newsom said. “Vaccines work. It’s why California leads the country in preventing school closures and has the lowest case rates. We encourage other states to follow our lead to keep our kids safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

California announces plans to add COVID-19 vaccine to list of required school vaccinations. Thanks to the state’s bold public health measures, California continues to maintain the lowest case rate in the entire country and is one of only two states to have advanced out of the CDC's 'high' COVID transmission category.

The vast majority of school districts have reported that over 95% of students have returned to in-person instruction this school year, as can be seen on the state’s Student Supports & In-Person Dashboard. Thanks to unprecedented resources and public health measures (measures shown to be highly effective), California is leading national trends in preventing school closures and keeping kids in classrooms, accounting for only 14 out of over 2,000 school closures nationwide, or roughly 0.7% – despite the fact that California educates an estimated 12% of the nation’s public school students. If California’s rates had aligned with national trends, the state would have seen upwards of 240 school closures.

In order to further protect students and staff and continue supporting a safe return to in-person instruction for all students, the governor directed the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to follow the procedures established by the Legislature to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance – such as measles, mumps, and rubella – pursuant to the Health and Safety Code. COVID-19 vaccine requirements will be phased-in by grade span, which will also promote smoother implementation.

Upon full FDA approval of age groups within a grade span, CDPH will consider the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians prior to implementing a requirement. Following existing statute, full approval of ages 12+ corresponds to grades 7-12, and full approval of ages 5-11 corresponds to grades K-6. Students who are under the age of full approval, but within the grade span, will be required to be vaccinated once they reach the age of full approval (with a reasonable period of time to receive both doses), consistent with existing procedures for other vaccines. The requirement will take effect at the start of the term following full approval of that grade span, to be defined as January 1st or July 1st, whichever comes first. Based on current information, the requirement is expected to apply to grades 7-12 starting on July 1, 2022. However, local health jurisdictions and local education agencies are encouraged to implement requirements ahead of a statewide requirement based on their local circumstances.

Gov. Newsom’s historic $123.9 billion Pre-K and K-12 education package is providing an unprecedented level of school and student funding to transform the state’s public schools into gateways of equity and opportunity, supporting the potential of every California student by: achieving universal transitional kindergarten for four-year-olds by 2025, expanding afterschool and summer programs, providing universal free school nutrition, increasing the number of well-prepared staff per pupil, creating full-service community schools to support the mental and social-emotional well-being of students, and more.


SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed a package of consumer financial protection legislation to expand consumer rights and increase transparency, protecting Californians from scams and unscrupulous practices in automatic renewal subscriptions, debt settlement and collection and other financial services.

“These bills curb predatory and abusive practices used to target vulnerable Californians, and empower consumers to make informed decisions with their hard-earned money,” Gov. Newsom said. “With the nation's strongest state consumer financial protection watchdog and these new measures, California continues to have the backs of working families recovering from the pandemic.”

AB 390 streamlines cancellation of automatic renewal and increases notice for continuous service subscriptions. AB 1405 and SB 531 expand consumer rights and notification requirements related to debt settlement and collection. California established nation's strongest state consumer financial protection watchdog under legislation the governor signed last year.

Gov. Newsom last year signed legislation establishing the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, significantly expanding the state’s capacity to protect consumers by bringing on additional investigators and attorneys to supervise financial institutions and crack down on financial predators. Modeled on the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the department’s creation was a key idea in the governor’s January 2020-2021 budget proposal. The governor recently signed AB 1405 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), which protects Californians from predatory debt settlement practices, ensuring providers disclose important information about the process to consumers. Under the legislation, customers who enroll in a debt settlement plan will have a three-day window to review the disclosures before the contract takes effect. SB 531 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) allows consumers to request verification that collectors have the authority to collect a debt and prohibits a creditor from selling a consumer debt unless notice has been provided to the debtor at least 30 days before selling the debt.

AB 390 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) strengthens protections under California's Auto Renewal Law by ensuring that consumers can cancel automatic renewal and continuous service subscriptions online. The legislation also requires businesses to notify consumers before the expiration of a free trial or promotional price included as part of a subscription offer. AB 1221 by Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) clarifies that the terms of extended warranties which continue until they are canceled must be made clear to the buyer. AB 1320 by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) requires licensed companies offering money transfer services to prominently provide a live customer service toll-free telephone number, ensuring consumers can readily seek assistance.

A full list of the bills signed by the governor to protect consumers and expand access to financial services is below:  AB 390 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) – Advertising: automatic renewal and continuous service offers: notice and online termination.  AB 1177 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – California Public Banking Option Act. AB 1221 by Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) – Consumer warranties: service contracts: cancellation: disclosures.  AB 1320 by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) – Money transmission: customer service. AB 1405 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) – Debt settlement practices.  SB 531 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Consumer debt.


LOS ANGELES – On Oct. 1, the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) launched the County’s first online Rent Registry. The L.A. County Rent Registry, which contains portals for both property owners and tenants, will allow property owners to register and update property information, report changes in tenancy, pay annual registration fees, track case status and request exemptions. The registry will add enhanced functions in the upcoming months for property owners and tenants, including the ability to submit applications for rent adjustments, as well as property owner requests for capital improvement and primary renovation pass-throughs, and notifications of termination of tenancy directly to DCBA.

Property owners and managers are required to submit rental property information under LA County’s Rent Stabilization, Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinances. Property owners can register their rental properties at DCBA’s Housing and Tenant Protections Division will be hosting informational webinars on the registry for property owners and landlords, and will house helpful materials, user guides, and tutorials on their website at

Under the County’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance (MRSO), property owners in unincorporated Los Angeles County are required to register their units or mobilehome spaces by September 30 of each year and pay an annual registration fee for each unit or mobilehome space upon registration.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its substantial financial impact on property owners and tenants, the Board adopted a motion in July 2021 that waived rental registration fees for properties registered by January 1, 2022. After January 1, 2022, registration fees will resume, and late fees will be further assessed for properties registered after the annual deadline of September 30.


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