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ADL Mountain States Spotlight with Past Regional Board Chair Neil Oberfeld

  • March 13, 2018


Neil Oberfeld, a past ADL Mountain States Board Chair and current Regional Board Member and National Commissioner, discusses his long-standing involvement and passion for the important work of the Anti-Defamation League.


How did you first become involved in ADL?  How are you involved now?

About 25 years ago, I was invited to an ADL leadership development program.  I remember the day well.  There was a brunch at (former ADL National Chair) Barry Curtiss-Lusher’s house. ADL Board Member and past Board Chair Larry Atler spoke so passionately about ADL and its mission.  I never dreamed that day that I myself would go on to chair ADL’s regional board.


Where were you born?  From where do your ancestors hail?

I was born in Montreal, Canada.  I am a third generation Canadian.  My ancestors are from Kiev, Ukraine.  I immigrated to the United States, moving to Colorado in 1976 at age 16.  I would tell you that there is a history of having a strong Canadian presence on ADL’s Mountain States Regional Board.


What’s your favorite holiday?

My favorite holiday is Purim.  I have always loved the Purim story.  However, my favorite holiday meal is breaking the fast following Yom Kippur, which is always at my cousin Louise’s house.


What are you reading?

I am re-reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl.  My wife Barb just gave me Born a Crime by Trevor Noah to read next.


What’s a special place you have visited?

Last year, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Greg (obm) and Laura Smith at Greg’s family’s home in Westcliffe, Colorado.  It was a beautiful property and a special time.


If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

I have always wanted to teach law school.  However, this question made me reconsider, and if I had to teach something, I would choose to teach skiing so I could be a ski school instructor in the Colorado Rockies.


What do you do in your professional life?

I am a real estate attorney at Greenberg Traurig.  We are the largest firm in the United States and the only major law firm with a permanent office in Tel Aviv.  I serve as the firm’s National Co-Chair of the Leasing Practice Group, but my law practice involves most types of real estate and business investment transactions.


Why do you choose to make a financial investment in ADL?

I believe our family’s financial support of ADL is one of the best investments in our community that I make every year.  Like many parents, I worry about what our world will be like for our children.  Giving to ADL is my way of making sure the world will be a safer place for my children and for all children alike.