Wildes was elected as Englewood New
Jersey 's Mayor in November 2003. He
now has the distinction of being the only Orthodox Jewish mayor of a municipality
in the United States .
Following his own example in private life of making tzedakah a priority,
Mayor Wildes chose to mark this momentous occasion by hosting a benefit
reception at his home on behalf of Boys Town Jerusalem to welcome Jerusalem
Mayor Uri Lupolianski.
Both Mayors recognized Boys Town Jerusalem as one of Israel
's premier institutions for educating
the country's next generation of leaders in the fields of technology,
commerce, education, the military and public service. They noted that
since its founding in 1948, Boys Town
has pursued its mission of turning
young boys from limited backgrounds into young men with limitless futures.
Proceeds of the evening were earmarked to establish a special scholarship
fund in Mayor Wildes' name.
A capacity crowd of dignitaries, colleagues, friends and supporters turned
out to offer an enthusiastic welcome to Jerusalem
's Mayor and extend wishes of mazal
tov to Mayor Wildes.
Mr. Wildes is a Partner with the immigration law firm of Wildes, Weinberg,
Grunblatt & Wildes. A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States
Attorney's Office in Brooklyn
(1989-1993), Mr. Wildes has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with
anti-terrorism legislation and is internationally renowned for his successful
representation of several defectors who have provided difficult to obtain
national security information. He is frequently a legal commentator/analyst
for network television, most recently in connection with the terrorist
threats facing the United States .
Mr. Wildes was also appointed by the President of the United
States to the District Appeals Board
of the Selective Service System for the State of New
Jersey and is currently in his second
term on the City Council in Englewood
Jersey . As a certified EMT, he has
been a member of the Hatzoloh Volunteer Ambulance Corps in New
York for well over 10 years. He sits
on the Board of Directors of Boys Town Jerusalem Foundation of America.
Mr. Wildes has served over 10 years (1982-1992) with the NYPD as an Auxiliary
Mr. Wildes and his wife Amy are blessed with four children. Mayor Lupolianski,
father of 12 children, extended greetings to Mayor Wildes and told him
that four children "was a good start." Mayor Lupolianski invited
Mayor Wildes to lead a delegation of U.S.
mayors to Israel
and graciously offered to host them
in Jerusalem .
To learn more about BTJ please contact Rabbi Ronald Gray at (800) 4-MYBOYS,
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for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer