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JNS NAMES JONATHAN TOBIN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF












JNS publisher Russel Pergament recently announced that Jonathan S. Tobin has been named as editor-in-chief of the JNS.org website and its syndication service.

“We’re proud to have a journalist of Jonathan’s stature take the helm at JNS,” Pergament said. “His experience and skill as an editor, brilliance as a writer and the respect in which he is held in the field makes him an ideal fit for our organization. We have every confidence that Jonathan will ably lead our news organization into the future as we expand our reach as a source of news and opinion and prepare to launch a new website that will provide both readers and subscribers with yet more news, features and opinion.”

Founded in 2011, JNS.org is an independent, non-profit, business resource and syndication service covering Jewish news and Israel news for Jewish, Christian, and secular media throughout the English-speaking world.

“I’m thrilled to become editor of JNS,” said Tobin. “In its brief history, JNS has already filled an important niche as a provider of vitally need information about Israel and the Jewish world. I look forward to working with our excellent staff and publishers to take it to the next level of excellence as our new website will enhance the service’s ability to serve our readers. The addition of a robust opinion section open to high quality writers analyzing issues of relevance to Israel and the Jewish world will also give me the opportunity to write on a daily basis about the issues that our readers care about.”

Tobin has been serving as opinion editor and a columnist for JNS since March 2017. Prior to joining to JNS, he spent more than eight years at Commentary magazine, first as executive editor and then as senior online editor and chief political blogger.


Before that, he served for 10 years as editor of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia after editing the Connecticut Jewish Ledger. Tobin also is a well-known columnist and is a contributing writer at National Review, the New York Post and The Federalist, among other publications. In the course of his career, he has won over 50 individual awards for commentary, editorial writing and arts criticism. A native of New York City, Tobin attended local schools and studied history at Columbia University.


BGU COLLABORATES WITH RAM GROUP TO DEVELOP A NEW DIAGNOSTIC SENSOR FOR EARLIER DIAGNOSIS OF DISEASES


BEER-SHEVA, Israel -- BGN, the technology-transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), is collaborating with Singapore-based Ram Group to develop a minimally invasive diagnostic sensor for earlier detection and treatment of cancer and other diseases than is possible today.

The goal is to develop a sensor that will detect specific antibodies that are known to be signs of emerging diseases in the blood at very low and previously undetectable concentrations.

The research project is being led by Professor Gabby Sarousi in the BGU Unit of Electro-Optical Engineering and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

“We are adapting existing sensor technologies to be render any potential treatment, including chemotherapy, much more effective than today, able to detect very small amounts of chemical and biological components in fluids and in gas, in concentrations that are much lower than PPB (parts-per-billion),” Sarusi said. “The results will since it will be conducted on cancer at such an early stage that it has yet to manifest itself as a visible tumor.”

The sensor will be comprised of a miniature light waveguide ring with a diameter of a few hundred micrometers fabricated on a semiconductor chip and coated with chemical or biological receptors. When a tiny amount of liquid such as blood is placed on the ring, the receptors identify and attract the chemical component, i.e. antibodies, which are then identified using optical wavelength analysis.

“The sensor we are developing for RAM Group can be used in two different ways: 100 percent optical sensing or one that combines optical sensing with an electronic sensor,” Professor Sarusi says.


“We welcome the strong collaboration with RAM Group, which has R&D facilities in Israel," VP of Business Development at BGN Zafrir Levi said. "This technology is another example of the state-of-the-art applied science created here in BGU’s labs."


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WELLS FARGO FACING INSURANCE LICENSE DISCIPLINE


SACRAMENTO -- Wells Fargo was served with an accusation by the California Department of Insurance seeking to suspend or revoke its licenses for alleged improper insurance sales practices related to the company's online insurance referral program. Such practices resulted in insurance products being purchased for consumers without their knowledge.
 
The accusation is the result of a department investigation that found that from 2008 to 2016, Wells Fargo customers were issued approximately 1,500 insurance policies and charged premiums without their knowledge or permission. The department is seeking to suspend or revoke Wells Fargo's licenses to transact personal insurance in California.
 
"Companies that are licensed to transact insurance have an obligation to act with integrity, comply with all state and insurance laws and represent the best interests of consumers," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "When any producer violates consumer trust in the name of profit, it reflects poorly on the entire profession."  
 
In 2016, Wells Fargo paid $185 million to government regulators to settle claims that the bank opened fraudulent deposit and credit card accounts.


A bank review found that there were approximately 3.5 million unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts opened from 2009 to 2016. Bank employees opened these unauthorized accounts as part of an incentive compensation program that indirectly encouraged improper sales practices and was not adequately overseen by bank management. Wells Fargo is expected to file a Notice of Defense.


NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN LOS ANGELES HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


By TIFFANY GARCIA

LOS ANGELES -- National Council of Jewish Women | Los Angeles (NCJW | LA), the Los Angeles Section of NCJW, recently announced Marjorie Gilberg as the organization’s incoming Executive Director. Marjorie will be filling the shoes of the organization’s long-standing Executive Director Hillary Selvin, who is moving to Montana at the end of 2017 after almost 13 years of leadership.

“Hillary has been instrumental in the growth of NCJW | LA and leaves an impressive legacy of accomplishments that have moved NCJW | LA forward,” Board President Helen Davidov said. “The Board enthusiastically welcomes Marjorie to NCJW | LA and looks forward to working together to continue and grow our vital work in community services and social justice.”

With a breadth of experience at a variety of nonprofits, including House of Blues Music Forward Foundation and Break the Cycle, Marjorie brings strong fundraising, community engagement and organizational development skills to this key role. As Executive Director of Break the Cycle, a national organization fighting domestic violence, she steered the strategic operations, development, and communications, as well as cultivated relationships and solidified partnerships with key federal agencies and major corporations, including Blue Shield, Mary Kay and Verizon.

“The Council’s commitment to action, advocacy and activism on behalf of women and families is unparalleled. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to impact a tremendous organization at such a pivotal time,” Gilberg said.  

NCJW | LA retained Envision Consulting to conduct the executive director search. Hundreds of applicants across the United States applied for the position, were screened and put through a rigorous interview process.

“It has been such a pleasure working with NCJW | LA,” Partner Allison Fuller stated. “Marjorie’s resume spoke volumes of her expertise and knowledge of the community NCJW | LA serves. Her strong background in social justice and women’s issues, as well as her personal alignment and enthusiasm for NCJW | LA’s mission made her an outstanding match for the position.”

Marjorie earned a Nathan Cummings Social Justice Fellowship while receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and Ethnicities and minor in Bioethics from the University of Southern California