Jewish National Fund Real Estate Division Presents:
Fireside Chat with Russell Galbut of Crescent Heights

ADI Negev Hospital Render

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT


Join us for a fireside chat with real estate developer and philanthropist Russell Galbut, Managing Principal of Crescent Heights, to hear from one of America’s largest and most respected residential developers. The program will also include an update from Avnet Kleiner, Director of Development for ADI Negev (formerly ALEH Negev), Israel’s most comprehensive provider of residential care for individuals with severe disabilities, the leader of the national rehabilitation movement, and an international advocate for disability inclusion, equity, and access.

Thanks to the generosity of the Bookbinder Family Foundation and the Fineberg Foundation, all gifts made to our work with special needs and disabilities during the month of February will be matched.*


* up to $1 million 

Guest Speakers


Russell Galbut

Managing Principal, Crescent Heights

Russell Galbut currently serves as the Managing Principal of Crescent Heights, one of America’s largest and most respected residential developers of quality residential apartments and condominiums. Crescent Heights has been active in over 15 markets from coast-to-coast and has developed over 50,000 residential units, including pioneering the condo hotel concept. Mr. Galbut also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd – an S&P 500 listed company. In addition, Russell currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal organization.


Avnet Kleiner

Director of Development for ADI Negev (formerly ALEH Negev)

Avnet has experience in the non-profit world, having founded two non-profits: ALFA, to advance the rights of Israeli Holocaust survivors; and WhatIsrael, a hasbarah organization that recruits, trains and sends students to university campuses worldwide to promote constructive conversations about Israel. He is now contributing his skills and experience to the development of ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran (formerly ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran), a pioneering rehabilitation village in Israel’s Negev that provides severely disabled children and adults a comprehensive framework for life. Avnet works closely with Chairman of ADI Negev, IDF Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, and spreads Almog’s message of the opportunity the village presents for Tikkun Olam, creating a better society for the disabled and for ourselves.Avnet and his wife Adva alternate between living in the USA and Israel during the year.

Event Chairs

Adam Yormack, Yormack Law and Alligator Title & Escrow

Mitchell Feldman, The Feldman Companies

Adam Belfer, H.I.G. Realty Partners

Scott Gendell, Terraco

David Rosenthal, Curtis-Rosenthal, Inc.

Jonathan Stern, Meridian Capital Group

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