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Professor Robert H. Freilich has been fascinated with the High Holy Days liturgy and music since his youth in New York City.  As a teen, his father Julius Freilich sang in the choir of world-famous Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt on the lower East Side from 1912-1924 and later graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1925.

In the 1940s Professor Freilich attended High Holy Day services in Boro Park, conducted by the brilliant Cantor Moshe Moshe Koussevitzky.  Starting at age 15 he cultivated his love of music by attending Classical Musical Concerts at the University of Chicago, with Rafael Kubelik conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and continuing to today with Gustavo Dudamel and The Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Dr. Robert H. Freilich, Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law Emeritus, the University of Missouri School of Law, is one of the leading national experts in state and local government, redevelopment, urban planning, and land use law.  He is currently teaching Land Use Controls and the Seminar in Global Warming and Sustainability at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law for the past five years.

At the forefront of sustainable growth management planning, eminent domain, new urbanism, revitalization of cities, Dr. Freilich has developed and implemented land use plans for over 250 cities, counties and states, as well as major public-private projects including ElToro and Alameda Base realignments (California), Battery Park City (N.Y.), the South Beach Miami Redevelopment project and the Mall of America (Minneapolis-St. Paul). He has been an expert witness in over 30 government law cases. Dr. Freilich is the National Editor of The Urban Lawyer (American Bar Association) and past Chair of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Law Division. He has authored over 100 articles and co-authored the leading texts on land use, oil and gas fracking, global warming, sustainable and green development, including The 2lst Century Land Development Code (American Planning Association, 2008); Cases and Materials on Land Use (7h ed.2O77l; and “From Sprawl to Sustainability: Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Green Development, and Renewable Energy” (2012).

Dr. Freilich holds his A.B. from the University of Chicago, J.D. from the Yale Law School, and his Masters of Law (LLM), Masters in Planning (MPA) and Doctorates in Law and Planning (Ph.D. and SJD) from Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor of at Harvard Law School and London School of Economics.

Jan Gippo was Piccolo/Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1972-2008. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, he taught at Webster University from 1980-2010, was on the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Saint Louis University, and presented recitals and master classes throughout the United States and abroad. As Director of Winds at Webster University, he was a founding member of the Webster Wind Quintet and the Webster Chamber Players. Mr. Gippo also served as principal flute for the Bach Society of St. Louis. He was the originator of the courses, “The Practical World of Music Business” and “The Performance of Baroque Ornamentation on Modern Instruments” and taught at Webster University and the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

He is also the founder of Meridian Publishing LLC that publishes the Gaubert Suite for flute and piano and piccolo works: Benshoof Spindrift, Broughton Concerto for Piccolo, and Loeb Preludes Volume III plus much more. Meridian is now owned by Alry Publications.

Mr. Gippo has also served as principal flute for the Bach Society of St. Louis. He was the music director of “From the Garden-LIVE!” a live radio chamber music broadcast on Classic 99-KFUO FM originating from the world-famous St. Louis Botanical Garden. He hosted and interviewed international figures in the classical music world including Garrick Ohlsson, Anne Akiko Meyers, Emmanuel Ax, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin. From 2002-2006, Mr. Gippo served as Chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, ICSOM. This organization represents 52 major orchestras of the United States and over 5000 musicians.

Founder of the Piccolo Committee of the National Flute Association, Jan helped raise over $120,000 to commission 15 new works for the instrument. The total number of works commissioned by Gippo has now reached 31. Gippo has served on the board of directors for the National Flute Association where he was the spearhead for the creation of the Piccolo Artist Competition.

In addition, he was co-chair of the St. Louis Symphony’s orchestra committee and was the creator of feature “Let’s Talk Picc” in Flute Talk and has continued as author, contributing editor, and editor-at-large of Flute Talk Magazine, an Instrumentalist publication. He was a member of the board of directors for the St. Louis Cathedral Concert Series and the managing director of the Union Avenue Opera Theater.

He is the author and editor of “The Complete Piccolo: a comprehensive guide to fingerings, repertoire, and history,” published by the Theodore Presser Company.

Dr. Daniel Low is a medical physicist at UCLA, working with physicians to improve the quality of radiation therapy for cancer treatments.  Dr. Low comes from a very musical family, his mother was and sister is a violin teacher, and his brother is a cellist who graduated from Julliard.  Dan also played stringed instruments growing up, but his talents resided in physics instead. His musical background, however, gave him the love of music, and he has taken that love to work with the Foundation. 

Jennifer Low is a health care lawyer, mother to Hannah and wife to Dan, and has been involved in non-profit organizations for over 30 years.  Jennifer’s parents made sure she was not only immersed in classical music of all forms, but was encouraged from the time of her Bat Mitzvah to learn Torah reading and davening of all different synagogue services.  While growing up she was exposed to the Jewish music of camp and synagogue, and now revels in the current music of the independent minyan.  When Jennifer found out about the Judaic Sacred Music Foundation, she was immediately smitten and got involved to help nurture the organization and be in the front row of the creation of extraordinary Jewish sacred music. 

Jaye Toellner Rogovin is a native Los Angelina. Raised in Los Feliz and ultimately Manhattan Beach, she attended Marlborough School and then USC. She worked in marketing for the Disney Channel and then moved to Washington, DC to work for Animal Planet where she was head of advertising and promotion. She met and married John Rogovin, a DC-based lawyer. They have two daughters, Hattie and Eva. Once John was recruited to be General Counsel at Warner Bros. in 2008, the Rogovin’s have been in LA ever since. Jaye serves on the board of United Friends of the Children, helping foster youth in LA County. Jaye also serves on the board of directors at Marlborough School and is Chairman of the Bel-Air Association Homeowners Association. Jaye’s passions outside of her family include her three dogs, reading, the New York Times Crossword, Broadway shows, and travel.