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michael wildes meets with singer alex clare

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pictured with British Singer and Songwriter Alex Clare. March, 2019.

Michael Wildes attended the first-ever joint concert between Israeli singing superstar Gad Elbaz,  who obtained his O-1 extraordinary ability visa through Wildes & Weinberg, and international music sensation Alex Clare on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Master Theater in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.   Throughout the concert, these talented artists performed separately and together in both English and Hebrew.

Gad Elbaz achieved international success early on in his career. From the time he was a youngster, he was composing his own material and appeared on stage with his father, Benny Elbaz, also a popular Israeli singer. Gad has recorded several albums, both in Hebrew and in English, and is known for capturing the ear of both the observant and secular listener. He hopes that his music can help bridge the gap between different people’s viewpoints during their lives.

Alex Clare is a Jewish British singer and songwriter with a wide crossover appeal.  His biggest hit from the album, “Too Close“, hit in the top 10 on the UK singles chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.  Alex became an observant orthodox Jew, and as a Baal Teshuvah, he has integrated Jewish themes into his music.  His latest release, “Three Days at Greenmount,” is a a soul-searching acoustic album recorded in Leeds, England.

Producer/ Director Zvika Bornstein called this the “The Concert of the Year.”  Comedian Modi hosted the evening and the audience was entertained throughout the evening by  guest performers including Hassidic artist Chaim Shlomo Maysz, and singers Dovid Pearlman and Shea Rubinstein. 

Wildes & Weinberg is a boutique law firm specializing exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law and was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings, the circumstances of which have inspired several films, books, and documentaries.

Today the firm, which has offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and by appointment in Los Angeles, California, services a distinguished domestic and international clientele and covers all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications and all temporary and permanent type visas.

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is also of counsel to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and two international/corporate law firms. A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993), Michael has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation, and is a frequent participant on professional panels and commentator on network television and radio with regard to US immigration law, employer sanction work and compliance.

Michael, the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door, was recently sworn in for a third term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, was appointed to the District Appeals Board of the Selective Service System for the State of New Jersey, was a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Blue Panel on Immigration, and has been a guest lecturer at many distinguished forums and institutions including Yale University, New York University, Brooklyn Law School, and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where Michael is an Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration Law. 

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, Wildes & Weinberg has maintained an extraordinary track record for success for its cases.  Moreover, the firm’s multilingual  staff is known for its experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism. 

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