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Gary Jay Kushner

JNF Makor Member; President, Washington D.C. Area; Co-Chair, General Campaign, Washington D.C.; Past Chair, Lawyers for Israel; Board of Governors

Travels from Bethesda, Maryland

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Gary Jay Kushner has been a food industry lawyer for more than 30 years. He represents trade associations and corporations before government agencies, Congressional committees, and the courts in a variety of matters. Gary has particular experience with the development, interpretation, and enforcement of laws and regulations governing food production, processing, and distribution throughout the United States and internationally. He also serves as general counsel to a number of national associations.

As counsel to trade associations and companies involved in the public policy arena, Gary analyzes legislation introduced in Congress and state legislatures, as well as regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and other federal and state government agencies. He routinely evaluates their impact on the food industry from farm to table, and prepares amendments, testimony, and comments on such initiatives. He anticipates how laws and regulations might be changed to facilitate the marketing of food products. Gary also represents food companies including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in matters involving regulatory compliance. He advises them on labeling and advertising regulation; counsels them in product recalls, seizures, detention, government inspections, and related actions; and represents them in enforcement actions before government agencies and law enforcement bodies. Before joining Hogan & Hartson, Gary served as Vice President and General Counsel for the American Meat Institute where he directed the organization's legal, regulatory, and legislative activities. Before first entering the private practice of law, he served as Staff Counsel for Scientific Affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers of America. He began his legal career as a law clerk to The Honorable John R. Hess in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Gary is a frequent lecturer and regularly contributes to numerous trade publications. He is co-author of A Guide to Federal Food Labeling Requirements, prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1990; HACCP Management Manual: A Guide to Food Regulatory Compliance, published by Food Chemical News, Washington, D.C., 1996; and Summary of Law on Warranties and Disclaimers in the Sale of Seed, published by the American Seed Trade Association, Washington, D.C., 1996.

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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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