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Cincinnati Man Slated as Next President of Jewish National Fund
High Profile Attorney Stanley Chesley Looks to Grow the Vision

July 20, 2007-- Cincinnati, OH-- Jewish National Fund (JNF)is proud to announce that long-time board member Stanley M. Chesley of Cincinnati, OH, is slated to become the next president of the organization.

His nomination was approved unanimously by JNF's nominating committee, and will be submitted for ratification at the Board of Trustees' September meeting, representing over 600,000 donors nationwide. Chesley is a high profile plaintiff's attorney at Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley. Also approved unanimously was the newly created position of Chairman of the Board which will be filled by Ronald S. Lauder. Lauder was recently elected President of World Jewish Congress after 10 years as JNF president.

Chesley will be inaugurated at the organization's annual National Conference in New York, October 14-15.

"Stan represents years of Jewish communal involvement -- from the local level to the international level," said JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson. "His support of Israel has been verbalized in the halls of the White House and in homes across the country. He has always been one of Israel's great advocates and we are honored and excited that he will now have the opportunity to lead this organization and play a commanding role in its vision and with all of our lay leadership."

Touted as one of the nation's best and most successful lawyers by fellow litigators, judges, professional organizations and legal publications, Chesley first emerged on the national mass litigation scene in 1977 when the crowded Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky burst into flames, killing 165 people and injuring another 116.

Since then he has tried and negotiated settlements in most of the blockbuster torts litigation that has come along: Bendectin, Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve, tobacco litigation, and breast implants. He has represented thousands of victims of hotel fires, airplane crashes, plant explosions and toxic spills. Additionally, the firm represents major pension funds and national corporations in securities and anti-trust litigation.

Chesley's philanthropic resume reads even longer.

He was chairman of the board of the University of Cincinnati (36,000 students and 19,000 employees) for 5 years out of the 9 years he served on its board; was president of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; has served or currently serves on a number of national boards including the Board of Governors of United Jewish Communities; the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; Israel Bonds; Executive Committee of AIPAC, Hebrew Union College and American Jewish Committee; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

He is a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the United States Supreme Court, and many Circuit Courts of Appeals. Chesley served as counsel for the World Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Restitution Organization representing the Claims Conference in the Holocaust litigation which concluded in a successful resolution of approximately $9 billion that included the Swiss banks, the Austrian banks, slave labor and property matters, the Hungarian Gold Train litigation and the historic slave labor settlement with Germany. His firm represented them pro bono.

Chesley hopes to put all his experiences into play as JNF's president.

"JNF is one of the most vital organizations with which I have been associated," he said. "It has a dynamic working Board of Directors comprised of knowledgeable and caring people and has accomplished a great deal under the leadership of Ronald Lauder. Everyone works as a team at JNF and all on behalf of Israel, and I am looking forward to being part of that team. It will be an honor to serve JNF in its important work -- Israel's environment, the Negev, and the growth, prosperity and security of the State-- and help bring it to new heights together with its lay leadership and growing donor base.

"Israel, together with JNF, has achieved the most amazing agricultural greening of the Negev since the creation of the State," he said. "Our farming, agricultural innovations and use of brackish water lead the way for the entire Mideast region. But now, as we enter the 21st century, we need to take what we've done and build on it, encouraging people and business to populate the area. The Negev Desert project has been a huge success; now we need to make it soar.

"As we do this, we are also continuing our important work with water, working even more diligently to combat global warming, and coordinating our efforts with those of our partners in Israel. It's an exciting time and I am gratified to be here."

"Knowing Stan's passion for the Jewish People and for Israel," said past Southern Ohio Regional President Ed Paul, "it's clear why he's right for the job. As Ronald displayed, passion and commitment are an important trait in this work and Stan embodies those qualities."

Chesley is married to the Honorable Susan J. Dlott, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division. They have two children and six grandchildren.

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Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 collecting coins in blue boxes to purchase land and return the Jewish people to their homeland. In over 106 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader and become the central address for the land and people of Israel. JNF has planted 240 million trees. Built over 1,000 parks and recreational areas. Constructed security roads. Educated students around the world about Israel. Created new communities so that Jews from around the world would have a place to call home. Discovered drip irrigation and new means of growing plants under arid conditions, bringing green to the desert. Built over 190 reservoirs and water recycling centers, increasing Israel's water supply by 10%.

As a United Nations NGO, JNF sponsors international conferences on desertification, shares afforestation techniques and funds research on arid land management. Is restoring northern Israel, making it home again to its residents. Is supporting Israel's newest generation of pioneers by developing the Negev Desert, Israel's last frontier. For more information on JNF, call 513-794-1300 or email mfabian@jnf.org. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

 

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