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Yashar - Attorneys and Judges Chapter

    Yashar was established in 1994, by a group of Jewish woman lawyers and judges, who saw a need for networking and felt a desire to give back to the Jewish community and Hadassah, in particular.  It was the first and, to our knowledge, remains the only Attorneys' and Judges' Chapter of Hadassah. Chartered on February 16, 1994, the Chapter was aptly named "Yashar", the Hebrew word for Justice. As the name suggests, the members of Yashar are committed to contributing their legal talents to further Hadassah's educational and social goals. Yashar continues to thrive both as a Hadassah chapter and a vital component of Nassau County's legal community, being listed as a bar association in the Nassau County Bar Association's directory. Yashar offers attorneys the unique ability to meet in an informal atmosphere and discuss issues with sitting Judges in Nassau County. Yashar's mission has been to combine education with networking, by presenting programs of interest to the Jewish legal community.     
For further Information about Yashar, contact Joi Aberle, Esq., via telephone at (516) 759‑7940 or via email at jaberle@genoaandassociates.com 

Over the past twenty years, Yashar's programs have spanned a myriad number of issues, including most recently, Sexual abuse in the Jewish Community; How to obtain a GET in New York; The Haredim and how it impacts daily life in Israel; An Inside Look at new York’s Grievance Committee and How to Avoid It; New York's Marriage Equality Act of 2011 and its impact on Adoption Law, Matrimonial Law and Wills and Trusts; as well several commemorations of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. We have welcomed guest speakers who discussed their journeys from Holocaust to freedom in the U.S., including but not limited to, one woman whose family fled to Shanghai and another woman who was saved by the Kindertransport. Over the past few years, Yashar has sponsored a trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, a Hanukkah Party, a Sukkot Dinner in a Succah, and its annual membership summer party.  
We have proudly honored members of the legal and/or Jewish community for outstanding accomplishments at our annual Installation Dinners. Over the past 19 years, Yashar's Honorees have included: Hon. Bea Burstein, Hon. Pauline Balkin, Hon. Marie Santagata, Hon. Frank X. Altimari, Myrna Felder, Esq., and Linda Fairstein, Esq., Hon. Jack Weinstein, Hon. Anne Mead, Congresswoman Caroline McCarthy, Karen Burstein, Esq., Hon. Arthur D. Spatt, Hon. Claire Weinberg (Yashar Founder), Hon. Lorna Goodman (1st female Nassau County Attorney), Roslyn R. Mauskopf Esq., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of N.Y., Hon. Sandra Feuerstein, Dean Aaron Twerski of Touro Law School, Hon. Michael L. Orenstein & Judy Orenstein, Honorable Ruth C. Balkin, Hon. Leonard Austin, Honorable Denise Sher and Honorable Hope Schwartz Zimmerman.  This year we will be honoring the Honorable Dorothy Eisenberg, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District on May 6, 2014.
    This year’s programs are unique mixture of Jewish and legal topics. In February, 2014,  we  screened the movie "Hannah Arendt" at the Nassau County Bar Association, which was preceded by a buffet dinner and followed by a lively discussion about the movie. In March, Sonia Taitz, author of the Watchmaker's Daughter, will be joining us to discuss her book. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are planning a program that will include some of Yashar’s own Women Pioneers including the Hon. Zelda Jonas, the Hon. Marie Santagata, the Hon. Marilyn Friedenberg, and the Hon. Mildred Zilko, who all have amazing stories to share about their early days in the legal community.  In April, we will be visiting the Yeshiva University Museum to see their exhibit entitled “Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews” followed by a late lunch in Manhattan. 
This year, a group of Yashar's members will be joining Hadassah's Attorneys' Council for its annual Attorney Swearing‑In at the United States Supreme Court.  We are very excited  to be participating in this amazing event and hope it is the first of many trips to Washington, D.C.  

Yashar’s 2014 Executive Board



 Joi Aberle, Esq.



 Jacqueline Harounian, Esq.



 Sheryl P. Lerner, Esq.


 Membership VP

 Deborah Chadow, Esq.


Programming VP

 Maureen Rothschild DiTata, Esq.


Programming VP

 Terry Scheiner, Esq.


Programming VP

 Sheryl-Anne Sastow, Esq.


 Social Media VP

 Deborah Kaminetzky, Esq.





Board Members


 Honorable Ruth Balkin

 Honorable Denise Sher

 Honorable Jackie Lamkay

 Honorable Mildred Zilko

 Honorable Bonnie Chaikin

 Honorable Ruth Kraft

 Evelyn Kalenscher Kirschenfeld, Esq.

 Janet Alpert-Lenchner, Esq.

 Allison Ageyeva, Esq.

Past Presidents/ Directors 


Honorable Claire I. Weinberg


Luise Klein, Esq.


Karen Brand, Esq.


Meryl Kovit, Esq.


Cheryl Solotoff Esq.


Marjorie E. Bornes, Esq.


Marilyn K. Genoa, Esq.


Gale D. Berg, Esq.


Cheryl Eisberg Moin, Esq.


Terry Scheiner, Esq.





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