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Joel Edan Friedlander

JNF Makor Member; President, Delaware Region; Century Council Member; JNF Boruchin Real Estate Committee

Travels from Wilmington, Delaware

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Joel is President of the Delaware Region of Jewish National Fund, a member of Makor, a member of the Century Council, and serves on JNF’s Boruchin Real Estate Committee, which oversees an estate gift that is perhaps the most significant gift in the history of JNF.  Joel previously served as Chair of JNF’s Lawyers for Israel chapter in Delaware.  Prior to his involvement with JNF, Joel served as President of The Milton & Hattie Kutz Home, Inc., a non-profit skilled nursing facility and beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Delaware.  Joel is a member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware, where he married his wife Julie Sandler in 1993 and recently celebrated the confirmation of their daughter Ariel and the bar mitzvah of their son Seth.

Joel’s other professional and community activities include his membership on the Delaware Supreme Court Rules Committee, the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania Institute of Law and Economics, the Delaware State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the Board of Directors of the Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association.

He has written law review articles on constitutional law and corporate law that have been published in Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Texas Review of Law & Politics, University of Connecticut Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  In addition to his public speaking on behalf of JNF, Joel has spoken on corporate law issues at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, Widener University School of Law, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Joel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and received the Fred G. Leebron Award for Constitutional Law, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor Science in Economics, cum laude, and was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and in the General Honors Program.

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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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