AJC Praises California Legislature’s Passage of Anti-BDS Legislation 

August 30, 2016 – Los Angeles – AJC praised the California State Legislature for passing AB2844, legislation introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom to combat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The State Senate approved the bill by 34 to 1 on August 24th and the Assembly by 60 to 0 today.

“We thank Assemblymember Bloom for his perseverance in securing the passage of this bill,” said Janna Weinstein Smith, AJC’s Los Angeles Regional Director. “The community is also grateful to Senators Marty Block and Hannah-Beth Jackson for their work in steering this bill through the State Senate. We urge Governor Brown to sign AB2844 into law.”  Please click here to read more

Top U.S. University Presidents and Chancellors Visit Israel and Explore Areas for Academic Collaboration 

University of California President Janet Napolitano chaired a recent delegation of presidents and chancellors from top U.S. universities and colleges to Israel with AJC's Project Interchange (PI). The participants learned about Israeli innovation and opportunities for bilateral academic partnerships and met one-on-one with their counterparts from Israeli universities, including the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Hebrew University, and IDC Herzliya. “This seminar was a rare opportunity to explore academic collaboration on a global level,” said Napolitano. “The meetings among worldwide educational leaders furthered the exchange of cross-cultural ideas on innovation and learning and have established a foundation for additional collaboration down the road with Israel partners.” Please click here to read more

Scott A. Edelman Named New President of AJC’s Los Angeles Region 

May 24, 2016 – Los Angeles – Yesterday, Scott A. Edelman was elected Regional President of AJC Los Angeles at the organization's 71st Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Edelman succeeds Dean Schramm, who finished his term and will now serve as Chairman of AJC Los Angeles.

Edelman, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Century City office, is the Chair of the firm’s national Pro Bono Committee and a Co-Chair of its Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group. In 2015, Edelman participated in a senior AJC diplomatic mission to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, and Israel with AJC Chief Executive Officer David Harris. Edelman was nominated to and participated in the April 2016 AJC-Konrad Adenauer Foundation Exchange program in Germany. AJC Los Angeles honored Edelman with the prestigious Learned Hand Award in June 2015. Please click here to read more.



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