FPSH has its roots going back to 2004, when Gerald and Sheryl Migdol formed the Migdol Family Foundation, which, among other activities, donates school supplies and computers to students in Harlem public schools; in 2008, Gerald, Sheryl, Aaron and Jessica Migdol formed the Daniel Migdol Memorial Fund in honor of Daniel Migdol, who tragically passed away in 2008. In 2014, the Migdol Family assembled leaders in Harlem from various backgrounds to form Friends of Public School Harlem to focus intensely on improving the public schools in Harlem.
Friends of Public School Harlem is comprised of a board of passionate, dedicated members of the Harlem community who raise the level of academic resources and achievement in the Harlem public schools. We're proud to have a board comprised of educators, business leaders, philanthropists, spiritual leaders of diverse faiths, musicians, artists, lawyers and community leaders.
GERALD MIGDOL, esq.
Gerald S Migdol Esq is the founder and President of the Migdol Organization; a Harlem based real estate management and development firm with ancillary social service, legal and security businesses including several non-profits dedicated to the health, education and welfare of the Harlem community.
Mr. Migdol is an attorney, well trained in the construction trades and has been buying developing and turning around mismanaged properties in the City for nearly 40 years. He has been involved with over two hundred properties from Chinatown to the South Bronx and everywhere in between, including properties he redeveloped nationally during the last two financial declines, always concentrating on inner city housing and always leaving neighborhoods better for being there. Throughout his career he has managed thousands of apartments, at times in different states; and has provided crisis immediate takeover management for the Resolution Trust Co, Freddie Mac and local Supreme Court Receiverships.
Mr. Migdol and his family live and work in the Harlem area and currently their holdings are concentrated in those neighborhoods, where they own and manage many buildings, taking great pride in improving buildings and neighborhoods. They maintain great relations with the Community Boards, police precincts, local CBOs and elected leaders and have much goodwill with the community and its people.
The Migdol Organization is an approved NYC shelter provider for homeless families and it provides social, legal and relocation services to these families as we move them to permanent housing. Our firm is routinely ranked by DHS in the top 10% of performers and these businesses, including management construction and security provide tens of jobs for the Harlem community. Together with his son, Aaron Migdol, Esq, they formed a law firm specializing in real estate, contract law and business issues; offering pro bono legal advice to shelter residents.
In 2004 Mr. Migdol started the Migdol Family Foundation and began making donations for the benefit of community residents; after his son Daniel passed away in Harlem in 2008 his family opened The Daniel Migdol Memorial Fund helping young people in need. Today the Migdols non-profit-- Friends of Public School Harlem--supplements local schools and students by providing supplies, computers and other resources as it tries to help level the playing field. Mr. Migdol serves on the Board of his own not for profits as well as other community based ones including Friends of Harlem Hospital and the Pelham Fritz Scholarship Fund.
Reverend SHERi PERL MIGDOL, Ph.D
Reverend Sheri Perl Migdol is an Interfaith Minister, a published author and a spiritual healer/advisor. She has studied, practiced and taught various spiritual disciplines for over forty years, having travelled a unique and diverse path. Her life changed at the age of 20, when after being gravely ill, she received a ‘miraculous’ distant healing from well-known English spiritual healer Harry Edwards, who then became her teacher and confidant.
Her work as a spiritual healer and bereavement counselor has touched thousands of lives all over the world and has brought widespread acclaim and gratitude. Sheri began The Prayer Registry in 2009 after her son died unexpectedly and has turned her own grief into the power to heal, soothe and comfort others so afflicted. Her work with psychic mediums has opened doors and allowed loving communications with her son, her father and others who have crossed; and she has made this an integral dynamic in her bereavement work. It is in these arenas that her compassion and sensitivity clearly shines and her ability to heal physical and emotional travails is her ministry.
She continues to advise teach and consult through her Internet writings and her website and through guest appearances on radio shows, in lecture halls and in interfaith classrooms. Sheri frequently opens her home to gifted spiritual mediums and invites friends, relatives and guests to experience the incredible feeling of touching the afterlife.
Sheri has studied with some of life’s great spiritual teachers including Jane Roberts and Seth, and has assimilated diverse disciplines with her own unique perspective to present her own world and other worldly view.
AARON MIGDOL, esq.
Aaron Migdol is an attorney and real estate operator based in Harlem; Migdol's law practice specializes in foreclosure defense litigation, real estate transactions and advocacy for the homeless, while his real estate company develops and manages a diverse array of housing ranging from multi-family apartment buildings to shelters. Migdol, along with his father, Jerry, are the principals of the Migdol Organization, which has subsidiary companies that include real estate brokerage, real estate management, a security company, a construction company, a law firm, a charitable foundation, and several nonprofit entities that support education, health and housing needs throughout Harlem. Migdol also serves on the board of several nonprofits, and he spends significant time volunteering and providing pro-bono legal services throughout Harlem. Migdol has a BA in economics and art history from Hamilton College and a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in real estate law; Migdol is licensed to practice law in New York State.
Honorable Tanya R. kennedy
The Honorable Tanya R. Kennedy is an Acting Supreme Court Justice and Supervising Judge of Civil Court, New York County. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law.
As an individual who is committed to the pursuit of higher education, Justice Kennedy serves as a mentor and visits various churches, schools and other institutions as a youth motivational speaker.
Justice Kennedy is a product of the New York City public school system who received her BA from Penn State University and her Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Reverend georgiette morgan-thomas
Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas is Pastor of Mustard Seed Faith Ministry,the Director of Harlem services for Goddard Riverside Community Services, one of New York City’s largest not-for-profit organizations, and Chair of Manhattan Community Board 9. A tireless advocate for the poor and the homeless, she works with young men and women, individuals, families, and senior citizens to find affordable housing, and to ensure the delivery of appropriate social services to those who need them. Called to the ministry over twenty years ago, Rev. Morgan-Thomas has committed herself and her talents to the service of God through her ministry, her professional work and her community activism. She is an experienced psycho-therapist and emergency psychiatric evaluator; and has directed programs in Juvenile Services, Senior Services, Homeless Services, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and Supported Housing. She has been a member of New York City’s Community Board #9 since 2002 and its Chair since 2010. Rev. Morgan-Thomas was President of a local section of the National Council of Negro Women, served on the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Manhattan, serves on the Harlem YMCA Board of Managers, and works with both the 30th and 32nd Precinct Councils of the New York City Police Department. She has received numerous awards for her work, and has been nominated by the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce for the 2014 “New York Women of Excellence” award.
corwin j. breedEn
Corwin Breeden has been an integral part of the Harlem landscape for the past 20 years. He has fought for everything from better supermarkets to affordable housing in the community. Breeden has worked to stop the digital divide in our community, he started Harlem Wings and Waffle and Caribbean Patio, and he's the Chair at Teams Housing Development Fund, Inc. Breeden works daily to change the life of disadvantaged people in Harlem. He is considered a major fundraiser for Harlem politicians; most notably for Congressman Charlie Rangel. Breeden, who served six years in the US Navy Reserves as an Interior Communication Specialist, sits on many boards in Harlem; the two that are most important to him are Friends of Harlem Hospital and Friends of Public School Harlem. He is excited to work with community partners of all backgrounds and truly believes that in Harlem, the best is yet to come.
Mic Murphy was the lead singer, musician and co-producer of the pioneering synth duo “The System”. He is well known for singing the group's biggest hit, “Don’t Disturb This Groove,” a 1987 US Top Five Pop and R&B hit. Mr. Murphy continues his journey in community service in the Harlem Community beginning in 2000 to the present as a licensed Real Estate Broker working with the homeless population to attain permanent housing.
A lifelong resident of Harlem Stanley N. Gleaton has tirelessly worked to advocate for a better community. As a professional in the field of Government and Community Relations, and Community Development he has held various positions mostly in social services. He worked in the non-for-profit arena for over thirty years. Leaving there he went on to West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA) as Director of Government and Community Relations. On CB 10 he has served as 1st Vice Chair and Board Chair for two consecutive terms.