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Judy Podolsky

Executive Director

23723 Stagg Street                    

West Hills, CA 91304

Phone: 818 598 1818

judy.podolsky@bnaizion.org

The Bnai Zion Western Region opened its doors in 1975 with a few dedicated members. Since then it has grown to include hundreds of active members and continues to grow. 

We help support those in the greatest need in Israel.  We sponsor and support homes for mentally-challenged adults at the Quittman Center at Israel Elwyn  on Jerusalem’s Israel Elwyn campus. Ahava Village for Children & Youth at risk in Kiryat Bialik is another project we are pleased to support.  We are proud of our contributions made to the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa that was on the frontlines of the Second Lebanon war in 2006, and which has been voted the number one hospital of choice in northern Israel for eight consecutive years.

We hope you will become active in Bnai Zion and support our life-transforming work.

 

 

Jerry Levey and Western Region Spearhead Washington Reception

Co-Hosted by Ten Members of Congress

 

Jerry Levey, the Chairman of Bnai Zion’s Western Region Advisory Board was the driving force, behind a Congressional Reception, that took place on Capitol Hill on April 29. Jerry recruited  Congresswoman Karen Bass of Los Angeles to host the event.  Congresswoman Bass was joined at the reception by fellow Honorary Co-Hosts Congresswoman Janice Hahn of California, Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada and Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, in addressing the audience of over fifty business and professional leaders.  Dr. Amnon Rofe, CEO of the Bnai Zion Medical Center spoke about Israel’s medical response to terrorism and the critical need for the Medical Center to construct a protected emergency department.   David Eisenberg, National President of the Bnai Zion Foundation addressed the audience and Ted Kirsch, a National Board Member of the Foundation, served as the Master of Ceremonies.

 

The staff and leadership of the Foundation thank Jerry for his advice and efforts on our behalf.

 

 


An American Law Firm Expands Israeli Clients

An interview with William Mark Levinson, Co-Chair Financial Services Industry Practice Group,Fox Rothschild LLP


What is the origin of your base of interest in and support of Israel?

I’ve found many reasons to support the existence of the State of Israel and its development. Israel’s existence is important.  My relatives supported Israel by sending freighter loads of cattle from Newport News to Israel in 1947-48, a source of pride for my family.

 

After graduating from Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, I worked at a prominent law firm that represented the Development Corporation for Israel, which offers Israel Bonds.

 

One section within your firm is the Israel Practice Group. How did it evolve and long has it been in existence?

When I joined Fox Rothschild, my partner, Mark Hess and I recognized the firm’s excellent position to establish a presence in Israel to bridge Israeli and US business interests. We established the “Fox Rothschild Israel Practice Group,” currently with approximately 15 lawyers nationwide. Ari Weisbrot, who recently joined Fox, has a number of Israel-based clients and has helped to deepen and broaden our ability to assist our American and Israeli clients. Audrey Noll, a business and creditors’ rights lawyer who lives in Israel, joined the firm.

 

Our attorneys understand the nuances and concerns of those residing in both the U.S. and in Israel, and this positively impacts the ultimate success of a transaction.  Many lawyers in the Fox IPG speak Hebrew, which is very beneficial.

 

What has the Fox IPG done to reach out to Israeli business interests?

To nurture relationships and awareness of Fox Rothschild, earlier this year the Fox IPG hosted its first seminar in Tel Aviv focused on mergers and acquisitions, which included participants in the Israeli private equity and venture capitalist community and Neil Bush, brother of the former president.

 

What is your role as the lead in this group?

I take pride in bringing people together and developing positive synergies. We derive great satisfaction when a client completes an acquisition, a financing, an offering or any other transaction.  We marry technical skill with creativity, energy and efficiency.

 

The list of client areas within this Israel Practice Group is quite varied. Have you been involved with any client projects that got a lot of public attention?

To date the transactions have been private transactions. We routinely advise Israeli individuals and companies on the investment climate, estate planning, litigation and all manner of client needs.

 

Are there other countries that are a focus of other Practice Groups at Fox Rothschild, or is this unique for Israel?

Fox Rothschild’s transactional capabilities are broad. The firm, routinely deals with cosmetics and fashion companies in Europe, and we have a robust Asia practice. We also host the offices of the Southern California Mexican Chamber of Commerce and assist companies dealing with Mexico.

 

You're familiar with the Bnai Zion Medical Center and met Dr. Amnon Rofe, its CEO.  Have you visited the Medical Center yet?

Unfortunately, I have not.

 

From learning about the Medical Center, what impressed you most about its work – why do you want to support it?

Through its association with the Technion, its physicians have developed many important new medical techniques and procedures that make a difference to people everywhere.

 

Dr. Rofe’s dedication to the Medical Center impressed me. When he explained his vision of a state-of-the-art emergency facility to handle trauma in a protected area, I wanted to help.

 

Do you have relatives in Israel?

My sister and her family live south of Jerusalem, and my niece currently serves in the IDF.

 

Do you travel to Israel frequently?

Not frequently enough!

 

What would you tell a law school grad just starting out, about working with Israeli companies?

Israeli startups and established companies are exciting to work with; Israeli businesses are cutting-edge and opportunities are endless. Israel is one of the top places in the world where capital flows, comparable with Europe and with Silicon Valley. If you’re a new lawyer the future is tech and biotech and content and media, and Israel leads in all these arenas. Visit and develop your relationships!

 


How’s your Hebrew?

With the help of my partner Mark Hess, passable!

 


 

Young Adults Host Soirée to Benefit Israel

Hundreds of members of Kol Ahava take part

The Kol Ahava organization in Los Angeles hosted a delightful cabaret evening to benefit the Bnai Zion Medical Center and raise funds for construction of its new underground protected emergency department. Attending the event were nearly 700 young adults, members of Kol Ahava, which hosted Dr. Amnon Rofe, the CEO of the Medical Center, as a guest speaker at a prior gathering. Both impressed with and concerned by what Dr. Rofe explained earlier in the year about the inevitability of an attack on Israel from the north, the leadership of Kol Ahava dedicated their major annual fundraiser to help the Medical Center move forward with its priority project. Thanks to Naveed M. Natanzi, DO and David and Liza Youssefyeh for serving as chairs of this event.

 

 

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