Edward S. Hershfield
As one of New England’s longest serving board members, Edward S. Hershfield is passionate about Israel.
Ed’s involvement with JNF goes back to his youth. He shares, “at Hebrew school I remember the blue boxes and buying trees for Tu B'Shevat. However, it wasn't until I went to Israel and saw the forests and reservoirs that I fully realized that without the current work of JNF, Israel could not exist as a thriving country. As a committed Zionist, supporting JNF is critical.”
“The large projects have a great impact, but it was really at Kibbutz Ketura that I realized what JNF was accomplishing... there was a small bench at a bus stop and it had a small plaque on it that indicated it had been placed there by JNF. It was then I realized how omnipresent the JNF is.... every aspect of Israeli life is touched by JNF.”
Three years ago, Ed heard about the Arava Institute & Hazon Bike Mission and realized, “that this would be a wonderful opportunity to experience Israel in a very different way. Riding a bike through 106 degree heat in the Negev desert, which is crucial to Israel's future growth, gives you a great understanding of the biblical challenges people faced and the current difficulties.”
(l to r) Board Members Edward Hershfield and Ronald Lubin while on the 2006 Arava Institute & Hazon Bike Mission
This year, Ed once again ventured out on the adventure of a lifetime; a 300 mile bike ride from Jerusalem to Eilat showing his dedication for building peace in Israel. Ed raised over $6,500 through his online fundraising site. “Thank you to all who generously supported me.”
Professionally, Ed is a Partner in the Capital Markets and Real Estate groups of Brown Rudnick. He regularly represents clients throughout the United States in acquisitions, financings, development and permitting processes, zoning and land use matters, architectural and construction issues, workouts and dispositions. His clients include publicly traded corporations, pension fund advisors, national and regional development companies, and commercial banks and other institutional lenders.
Kathy Siegel Hershfield while on a recent mission to Israel
In 2004, 2005 and 2006, Ed was named as a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" by the publishers of Law & Politics. He lectures frequently at seminars throughout Massachusetts presented by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Lorman Education Services and others on a variety of real estate development topics.
In addition to his involvement with JNF, Ed has a very strong tie to local community involvement. He served as the Former Chairman, Town of Sharon Zoning Board of Appeals and is the Vice President for Education at Temple Israel, Sharon, MA. Ed also serves on the New England Executive Board of the Anti-Defamation League.
Ed and his wife Kathy, the President of the Southern New England Region of Hadassah, live in Sharon with their two children Alyssa and Matthew.