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u.s. citizenship granted for prominent rabbi in miami

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is honored to announce his representation of Rabbi Sholom Lipskar in connection with his naturalization to become a U.S. citizen. Rabbi Sholom Lipskar is the Rabbi and spiritual leader of The Shul of Bal Harbour, Florida and founder of the Aleph Institute. 

Born in Tashkent, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic in 1946, Rabbi Sholom Lipskar was smuggled as a baby through the Soviet border to a Displaced person (DP) camp in Germany. Arriving in North America in the early 1950s, Rabbi Lipskar’s family settled in Ontario, Canada. Sholom Lipskar was ordained as a Rabbi from the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn in 1968. In 1982, Rabbi Lipskar founded The Shul of Bal Harbour in Surfside, Florida and is its head Rabbi. He also founded the Aleph Institute, a non-profit national humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for both prisoners and military personnel and their families and a dynamic lecturer on Jewish philosophy and mysticism. It was our honor to assist Rabbi Lipskar,  a prominent rabbi that epitomizes the importance of immigration and safe haven in America!

Wildes & Weinberg was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner, Leon Wildes.  Nearly three quarters of a century later, the firm continues to concentrate its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International firms, banks, industrial, financial, and manufacturing concerns, as well as law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.  

In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, and literary agents. Most notable was Leon Wildes’ successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his artist wife, Yoko Ono in their deportation proceedings, the basis of which has inspired legislation, and has been portrayed in films, plays, and literary works worldwide.  Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z”l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Michael Wildes, the firm’s Managing Partner, is also currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey,  is the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (which draws on over a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field),  is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, and serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and several international/corporate law firms.

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, the firm has maintained an extraordinary track record for success in its cases. The firm’s litigation group has expanded its efforts in filing Mandamus Actions and other Actions in Federal Courts throughout the nation.

In addition, Wildes & Weinberg’s multilingual staff is spread throughout its offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and by appointment only in Los Angeles, California and Tel Aviv, Israel, and are known for their experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism.

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