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Videos from the 2023 YU Real Estate Day and Israel Advocacy Luncheon

We had the honor of hearing from leading business and political advocates for Israel, including a former U.S. ambassador and three CEOs. Please see their videos below.

Watch the full recording of YU Real Estate Day and Israel Advocacy Luncheon 2023 below:


CEO and Leader Israel Advocacy Videos


Elisha Tropper - CEO, JAG Capital Holdings: Israel Advocacy at YU Real Estate Day 2023

Sander Gerber - CEO, Hudson Bay Capital: Israel Advocacy at YU Real Estate Day 2023

David Friedman - Former US Ambassador to Israel: Israel Advocacy at YU Real Estate Day 2023

Rabbi Steven Burg - CEO, Aish HaTorah: Israel Advocacy at YU Real Estate Day 2023

Dr. S. Abraham Ravid, Chair of the Finance Dept, Sy Syms: Israel Advocacy at YU Real Estate Day 2023

The Volunteer Army
In Jerusalem, thousands of volunteers are rising to the challenge of meeting the needs of displaced residents of the south.


Real Estate Capital Markets  

Moderator: Yoni Goodman – President, Meridian Capital Group 

Panelists: Ralph Herzka – Chairman and CEO, Meridian Capital Group, Rachel Hunter-Goldman – Director, KKR Real Estate Credit, Scott Swerdlin – Managing Director – New York Community Bank, and James Kuhn – President and Head of Investor Services, Newmark 



Moderator: Jason Muss – President, Muss Development 

Panelists: Jennifer Prince – CFO, Baron Property Group, Raphael Sidelsky – Chief Investment Officer, W5 Group, Jeff Levine – Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Douglaston Development, and Saul Lubetski – Vice Chairman, Harbor Group International  



Moderator: Moshe Lichtenstein – Chief Investment Officer, Converge US; Chief Credit Officer, Lightstone 

Panelists: Efrem Gerszberg – Founder and CEO, 2020 Acquisitions, Michael Gamzon – President and CEO, INDUS Realty Trust, Joe Farkas – CEO & Founder, Metropolitan Realty Associates, and Dov Hertz – President, DH Property Holdings  


Lunchtime Keynote: Jewish Business Leaders in Times of Need: What We Should Know 

Moderator: Dr. Noam Wasserman – Dean, Sy Syms School of Business 

Panelists: Daniel Posner – Founder, Athletes for Israel; Chief Investment Officer, Rensop Investment Group & Bruce Pearl - Men's Basketball Coach, Auburn University and Israel advocate  


Office market 

Moderator: Phil Rosen – Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 

Panelists: Jonathan Bennett – President, AmTrust Realty, Eric Gural – Co-CEO and Principal, GFP, Pat Arangio – Vice Chairman, CBRE, and Benjamin Blumenthal – Principal Broker, Noah & Co. 



Moderator: Michael Stoler – CEO, New York Real Estate TV; Host, The Stoler Report and Building New York; Adjunct Professor, Sy Syms School of Business 

Panelists: Brad Honigfeld – Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, The Briad Group, Martin Shapiro – Partner, Myriad Restaurant Group, Ari Hirt – Managing Director, Walker & Dunlop, and Mark Lanspa – Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank 



Moderator: Bruce Schanzer – Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Erez Asset Management 

Panelists: Jeff Olson – CEO, Urban Edge, Chris Angelone – Senior Managing Director, Retail Group Leader, Boston Office Co-Head, JLL Capital Markets, Yoel Mayerfeld – Co-CEO, Chase Properties, and Dan Hurwitz – Co-Founder and CEO, Raider Hill Advisors 

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