Newly formed Jewish Bar Association to install board, officers Thursday night

Group aims to advocate for Jewish causes, rule of law, and on behalf of Israel among both legal community and general public

The newly formed Jewish Bar Association of New Jersey will install its first board of directors Thursday night in an event at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi in Roseland.

More than 200 attendees are expected.

JBAR, the first Jewish legal group of its kind in the state, will advocate for Jewish causes, for the rule of law, and on behalf of Israel among both the legal community and the general public, the group said.

Michael Kaplan, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, will address the JBAR event, as will its new president, Joseph Lemkin, a shareholder with Stark & Stark P.C. in Hamilton.

Paul Vichness, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, now of counsel with Mandelbaum Barrett P.C., will act as officiant.

Lemkin will be joined on the board and at the installation by:

  • Eliana Baer, a partner with Fox Rothschild;
  • Edward Dauber, a partner with Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker;
  • Richard Kelin, a partner with Goldstein Kelin LLC;
  • Ameya Pendse, Law Office of Ameya Pendse LLC;
  • Glenn Stein of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi;
  • Victoria Rivkin, owner of 3G Talent Advisors.

Susan Wernick, the chief marketing officer of Bederson LLP, and David Rosenberg, executive director of the New Jersey Business Alliance, will serve as co-executive directors and nonvoting board members.

The other officers to be installed include:

  • Avi Kelin, a partner with PEM law firm, named president-elect;
  • Nancy Isaacson, a partner with Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, who will serve as secretary;
  • Jason Sobel, a partner with Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., who will serve as treasurer.

Lemkin said the growth of the organization has been great to see.

“We never imagined that the idea for JBAR, hatched just last fall, would take off so quickly,” he said. “Unbeknownst to us, there has been pent-up demand for an organization that would represent New Jersey’s thousands of Jewish lawyers to the legal, business and general communities.”

Lemkin said the groups plans to play an active role in the legal, political and business life in New Jersey. An initial agenda will be announced Thursday.

“It’s a very exciting time for us, and we plan to make a substantial contribution to the legal profession and the state at large,” he said.

The installation is scheduled for 5 p.m. at CSG Law at 105 Eisenhower Parkway in Roseland. Interested attendees should email to arrange for admittance.

JBAR’s initial supporting law firms and other businesses include:

  • Arthur Funding;
  • Brach Eichler LLC;
  • Cole Schotz;
  • CSG Law;
  • Day Pitney LLP;
  • Fox Rothschild;
  • GDF&T;
  • Goldstein Kelin;
  • Greenberg Traurig;
  • Javerbaum Wurgaft;
  • Lawrence Law;
  • Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper;
  • Mandelbaum Barrett P.C.;
  • McManimon, Scotland & Baumann LLC;
  • Mitnick Law;
  • Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones;
  • Porzio Bromberg & Newman;
  • Riker Danzig;
  • Sarno Da Costa D’Aniello Maceri;
  • Scarinci Hollenbeck;
  • Scura, Wigfield, Heyer, Stevens & Cammarota LLP;
  • Stark & Stark;
  • Tate & Tate;
  • Webster Bank.