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GILDIN APPOINTED NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AT

THE ALEPH INSTITUTE


Norman B. Gildin has been appointed as National Director of Development of The Aleph Institute.  The appointment takes effect immediately.  Rabbi Aaron Lipskar, CEO and Executive Director, The Aleph Institute, made the announcement, and said: “We are very fortunate to have Norman join us.  He brings significant development experience and operational understanding to a vibrant non-profit Jewish national organization whose mission is dedicated to assisting and caring for the well-being of members of specific populations that are isolated from the regular community: U.S. military personnel, prisoners, and people institutionalized or at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addictions. We are excited about Norman becoming a central figure in our mission to help build and rebuild lives and give hope to the forgotten.”

In his capacity, Mr. Gildin will oversee the development, marketing, communications and public relations functions. Rabbi Lipskar indicated that Mr. Gildin’s role has taken on added importance with The Aleph Institute’s growth during its 37 years.  “We will be looking for new, as well as traditional ways to generate alternative funding sources and strategic methods to portray this vital organization.  We are confident that Mr. Gildin will help us achieve these new directions.”

The Aleph Institute, headquartered in south Florida and with offices in California and New York is the premier agency within the Jewish community serving these specialized needs.  Stated Mr. Gildin, “I am delighted to be part of a dynamic team effort to serve those who are less fortunate or who need our services.  I look forward to working closely with the senior management team and making a lasting contribution to The Aleph Institute.”

Mr. Gildin has an extensive fund raising and marketing background. In his previous capacities, Norman has raised upwards of $92 million for non-profit organizations and is proficient in annual giving campaigns, capital campaigns, planned and endowment fund giving. He also has significant expertise with marketing and public relations including areas such as branding, annual reports, case statements, brochures, e-newsletters and the like.

He was most recently the President of his own consulting firm Strategic Fundraising Group and was previously Executive Vice President of the American Friends of Migdal Ohr, Chief Development Officer of OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services and he served as Executive Director/Chief Development Officer at Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Foundation. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, he also was Chairman of the New York Association of Jewish Health Care Development Executives.  Norman has lectured, published monthly newspaper columns and served as a consultant for numerous not-for-profit organizations.

A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey for 34 years, Mr. Gildin now resides with his wife Barbara in Boynton Beach, Florida.


NEARLY 70 COMPANIES CALL ON DOE TO ENSURE TAXPAYER MONEY WILL NOT BE USED TO IMPLEMENT A BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL


SANTA CRUZ – Nearly 70 organizations wrote to U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) Sec. Betsy DeVos recently demanding guarantees that taxpayer dollars will not be used to implement an academic boycott of Israel.

Two events hosted last month by departments at New York University (“NYU”) and the University of Michigan (“UM”) to encourage and defend the right of faculty to implement an academic boycott of Israel are what prompted the groups’ concern.  The “UM” event was a direct response to disciplinary action against two faculty members who refused to write letters of recommendation for students wishing to study in Israel.  The NYU event was explicitly intended to support faculty members’ right to implement an academic boycott of Israel at NYU and elsewhere.

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at UM and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, which hosted the events, are Department of Education-designated Middle East Studies National Resource Centers (“NRCs”).  

NRCs receive millions of taxpayer dollars to specifically “promote access to research and training overseas, including through linkages with overseas institution.” They were established by Title VI of the Higher Education Act in order to equip university students and faculty with a full and unbiased understanding of regions and countries vital to U.S. security.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, however, which the UM and NYU directors, as well as several other NRC directors and many NRC-affiliated faculty have endorsed, urges faculty to shut down study abroad programs in Israel; refuse to write letters of recommendation for students who wish to study in Israel; scuttle colleagues’ research collaborations with Israeli universities and scholars; and cancel or shutdown student- and faculty-organized education activities about Israel or featuring Israeli scholars or leaders. All of these boycott-compliant activities directly subvert the purpose for which these Centers received federal funding.

An academic boycott “seeks to deny access to research, training and education in and about the targeted country, and to break linkages with the targeted country’s educational institutions,” noted the concerned groups, in the letter organized by AMCHA Initiative.  “And while faculty members certainly have the right to express support for BDS, including an academic boycott of Israel, were these NRC directors or any of their fellow faculty to implement the academic boycott at their centers, in such a way as to restrict or limit the academic opportunities of their students or colleagues, their behavior would contravene the explicitly stated purpose of their federal funding.”

During the application process, many of these Centers boast about their numerous educational and research opportunities to study in and about Israel and the Hebrew language, as well as their linkages with Israeli educational institutions. However, after receiving the federal dollars, they fund speakers and organize events, such as those at U-M and NYU, which encourage boycotting Israeli academics, Israeli exchange programs and Israeli institutions.  For example, a 2016 study of the 15 Middle East Studies NRCs, found that those directors who had endorsed an academic boycott of Israel  were more than twice as likely to host federally-funded outreach events with pro-boycott speakers, and a 2017 study found that American Middle East studies departments with one or more faculty members who had endorsed an academic boycott of Israel were five times more likely to sponsor public outreach events with pro-boycott speakers.  In addition, in 2014, the directors of six Title VI-funded Middle East Studies NRCs, who had all previously submitted federal grant applications touting their Middle East Studies programs’ linkages with Israeli academic institutions, signed a letter stating, “…we pledge not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions.”  

The organizations argued, “No area studies program should receive federal funding if its director or faculty members engage in behavior that thwarts the very purpose of that funding.” They called on the Department of Education to  (1) “issue a statement warning NRC directors and affiliated faculty that implementing an academic boycott of one of the countries in the NRC’s purview would be a direct subversion of the stated purpose of the Title VI funding” and (2) require NRC directors to “sign a statement affirming that neither they nor any of their program’s affiliated faculty will, as part of their academic responsibilities, implement an academic boycott of any of the countries within the purview of their program in such a way as to restrict or limit the academic opportunities of their students or colleagues.”

AMCHA Initiative is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to mbating anti-Semitism at colleges and universities in the United States


GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS


SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently announced the following appointments:


Los Angeles County Superior Court


Daniel M. Crowley, 58, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Crowley has been a partner at Booth, Mitchel and Strange LLP since 1992, where he was an associate from 1987 to 1992. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rita J. Miller. Crowley is a Democrat.

Alexander C.D. Giza, 51, of Culver City, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Giza has been a partner at Hueston Hennigan LLP since 2015. He was a partner at Russ, August and Kabat from 2009 to 2014. Giza was counsel at Irell and Manella LLP in 2009, where he was an associate from 2001 to 2008. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Walter L. Carpeneti at the Alaska Supreme Court from 2000 to 2001. Giza earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Laura A. Matz. Giza is registered without party preference.

Mary E. Kelly, 65, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Kelly has served as an administrative law judge at the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board since 2004. She served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender and supervising trial attorney at the Federal Public Defender’s Office from 1995 to 2004 and was a law clerk for the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit from 1993 to 1994 and from 1981 to 1983. Kelly was a sole practitioner from 1984 to 1993 and an instructor at the California State University, Long Beach Department of Health Care Administration from 1984 to 1989. She was an associate at Abzug and Kelly from 1983 to 1984, an adjunct professor at Southwestern University School of Law from 1983 to 1991 and served as a law clerk for the Honorable David Linn at the Illinois First District Court of Appeal from 1979 to 1981. Kelly earned a Juris Doctor degree from the DePaul University College of Law, where she was a member of the DePaul Law Review, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on October 25, 2018. Kelly is a Democrat.

















Jeffrey S. Cohen-Laurie


Jeffrey S. Cohen-Laurie, 43, of West Hollywood, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Cohen-Laurie has served as a deputy alternate public defender and senior attorney at the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office since 2008. He was a deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 2006 to 2008 and was an associate at the Law Offices of R. Samuel Paz from 2005 to 2006. Cohen-Laurie earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. He fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Marie E. Stratton to the Court of Appeal. Cohen-Laurie is a Democrat.

David K. Reinert, 43, of Culver City, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Reinert has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 2005. He was an associate at Lax and Stevens from 2004 to 2005. Reinert earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Benny C. Osorio. Reinert is a Democrat.

Holly A. Thomas, 38, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Thomas has served as deputy director of executive programs at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing since 2016. She served as special counsel to the solicitor general at the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Solicitor General from 2015 to 2016 and as senior appellate attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, in the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division from 2010 to 2015. Thomas was assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. from 2005 to 2010, where she was a Liman fellow from 2005 to 2006. Thomas served as a law clerk for the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit from 2004 to 2005. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert A. Dukes. Thomas is a Democrat.

Jessica A. Uzcategui, 43, of South Pasadena, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Uzcategui has been a partner at Sacks, Glazier, Franklin and Lodise LLP since 2012, where she was an associate from 2004 to 2011. She was an associate at Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver and Hedges LLP from 2002 to 2004. Uzcategui earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael K. Kellogg. Uzcategui is a Democrat.


Orange County Superior Court

H. Shaina Colover, 45, of Newport Beach, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Orange County Superior Court. Colover has been of counsel at the Law Offices of Ronald B. Schwartz, APC since 2012, where she was an associate from 2002 to 2012. She was an associate at Freitas, McCarthy, MacMahon and Keating, LLP from 1999 to 2001. Colover earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on August 28, 2018. Colover is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $207,424.

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