Harry Atlas, a partner at the Florham Park law firm of Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman, LLP, has joined the board of directors of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey.

Altas’ kids grew up at the West Essex YMCA in Livingston. They learned to swim there. His daughter, Elana, celebrated a birthday there. His son, Noah, has for years played basketball there. 

“We’ve always been involved with the Y, and I’ve always appreciated what it has to offer,” Altas said. He  decided to join the Metro YMCA board of directors after talking with Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab and Treasurer Ronald Schwarz.

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“When I learned more about all the wonderful programs at the Y, I wanted to get involved in this great organization,’’ said Atlas, who primarily practices corporate law with a focus on technology.

Atlas grew up in Glen Rock, where throughout high school, he worked as a magician. When he was fresh out of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and interviewing for jobs, potential employers were sometimes more interested in that than the rest of his resumé, he said. (While he stopped performing magic when he started at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, Atlas still abides by the Magician’s Oath and won’t reveal secrets.)

Atlas and his wife, Emmy, have lived in Livingston for 22 years. Their daughter, Elana, is 20 and son, Noah, is 17. “For years I took him to the Y to play basketball, but now he goes without me!’’ Atlas said.

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