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.
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AJC Praises U.A.W. International Public Review Board’s BDS Decision 

May 20, 2016 – Los Angeles – AJC Los Angeles praises the United Auto Workers (UAW) International Public Review Board decision affirming last year’s nullification of a pro-BDS resolution passed by the University of California Student-Workers UAW Local Union 2865 in December 2014. The local union represents graduate student workers at all University of California campuses.

“We applaud the Public Review Board for declaring that UAW Local 2865 had no authority to subvert the UAW International’s position opposing the BDS Movement,” said Dean Schramm, President of AJC’s Los Angeles Region. “The UC Graduate Student Union’s role is to improve the working conditions of UC graduate students, not to engage in polarizing political propaganda and misinformation promoted by the BDS movement, which seeks to delegitimize Israel's right to exist.”  Please click here to read more

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