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David J. Margules

JNF Makor Emeritus

Travels from Delaware

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Positively Israel, JNF's Work in Israel


David Margules serves as President of JNF's Mid-Atlantic Zone, as well as being Chair of the Century Society, Co-Vice Chair of Makor and a member of JNF's National Board of Directors and Campaign Cabinet. David speaks extensively on topics relating to Israel, Middle Eastern history and politics, and Jewish National Fund. Among other venues, over the past few years David has delivered addresses on behalf of Israel and JNF at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., the University of Delaware, Delaware Law School and Vermont Law School. He has also been a Scholar-in-Residence at Orthodox, Conservative and Reform congregations throughout the country.

David is a strong advocate of Jewish education -- each of his four sons have attended Jewish Day School and two have spent time in yeshivas in Israel. He has taught in Delaware Gratz Hebrew High School (a supplementary program for high school aged students) and in Wilmington's Adult Education Program. David is a past president of Delaware Gratz, and has served on the Board of the local K-6 day school, the Albert Einstein Academy. He also is a member of the National Executive Committee of AIPAC and has served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the Wilmington JCC, Chabad Lubavitch of Delaware and has served as the Federation's campaign chair.

David is a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware, law firm of Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, PA. He received his BA from Columbia in 1978 and his JD (cum laude) from New York University School of Law in 1983, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif and was a Law Review staff member. For five years, David was a Lecturer at Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he taught a Mergers and Acquisitions seminar. In 1999, David was named the Grant Irey Lecturer at Law. He lectures and teaches on a number of subjects including American corporate law, Jewish law and ethics and alternative dispute resolution.

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Makor (Hebrew for “source”) is a specially-trained cadre of highly-involved Jewish National Fund volunteers. Our primary role is to support the core functions of JNF by direct fundraising. Thus, we identify prospective donors, conduct direct solicitations in our own communities and around the United States and assist in educating the public about the JNF and its projects.

Makor also serves as a source for lay leadership. We are leaders in our own communities, and provide training and inspiration for other community leaders on solicitation techniques, board development and outreach and on the work of the JNF. Makor members also assume JNF leadership positions on a national level.

We are proud leaders who are committed to the mission of the JNF, the caretaker of the land of Israel forever. In addition, Makor is a source of innovation within the JNF. Our diverse backgrounds, coupled with our common commitment, foster a free-flow of ideas to keep JNF as relevant and productive as possible.

Makor members travel to Israel each year to study JNF projects and programs in depth, and bring their insights and experiences to you. Members speak at no charge.


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