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Deborah Riegel

JNF Makor Member; JNF Board Member, New York; Chair, Lawyers for Israel, New York

Travels from New York, NY

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Free Makor Speakers, Positively Israel


Deborah's approach to working with clients and resolving disputes was shaped by her work prior to law school in private industry and her position as a legislative aide in the New York State Assembly. Deborah’s client base ranges from small owners of residential property to major residential and commercial developers. Her practice has given her a broad spectrum of experience in representing clients in every New York State Court up to its Court of Appeals, as well as the United States District Court, United States Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Court of Appeals. While her practice is primarily focused on litigation, she also works with clients on development issues, such as assemblage, and has successfully vacated a number of high-profile development sites in Manhattan.

Deborah fulfills her passion to sustain the State of Israel through her work with the Jewish National Fund, where she currently serves as a member of the New York Board and chairs the New York Lawyers for Israel. Deborah is also a member of JNF’s Makor group, which is comprised of highly dedicated and specially trained volunteers who advocate for Israel and support JNF projects and communities nationally.

Deborah is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of Brooklyn Law School, where she has also recently been asked to teach as an adjunct Professor of Law.

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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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