April 29, 2008
PRESIDENT BUSH APPOINTS ELEVEN MEMBERS TO UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL COUNCIL
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President George W. Bush named 11 members to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing body of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Council consists of 55 Presidential appointees in addition to 10 Congressional representatives and three ex-officio members from the departments of Education, Interior and State. Each will serve a five-year term that expires in January 2013.
Joseph M. Brodecki, Potomac, MD, is a principal at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He is a co-founder of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. From 1988-1993, he was the National Campaign Director of “The Campaign to Remember,” the capital campaign that raised the funds to create the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. His parents are Holocaust survivors.
Norman R. Bobins, Chicago, IL, is chairman emeritus of LaSalle Bank Corporation and former senior executive vice president of the corporation’s Dutch parent, ABN AMRO Bank N.V. He serves on the boards of The Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and Spertus College. He was honored with the American Jewish Committee’s 1992 Human Rights Medallion.
Michael David Epstein, Potomac, MD, is president of Sensormatic Security Corporation and partner in BECO Management which owns and manages office buildings in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a Director of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and serves in leadership capacities in the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and the State of Israel Bonds.
Donald Etra, Los Angeles, CA, is a criminal defense lawyer with his own law firm. He has chaired the Legal Services Division of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, and has been chairman of the board of Young Israel of Century City. He was appointed to the Holocaust Museum Council by President Bush in 2003, and serves on its Executive Committee and chairs its Governance Committee. Mr. Etra also was a member of the Presidential Delegation to Poland to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
David M. Flaum, Rochester, NY, is the founder and chief executive officer of Flaum Management Company, Inc., a full-service regional real estate development and property management firm. He is the son of Holocaust survivors. He sits on the Museum’s Executive Committee and chairs its Finance Committee. He serves on the boards of the University of Rochester, University of Rochester Medical Center and Syracuse University.
Andrew S. Hochberg, Chicago, IL, is the founder and CEO of Next Realty, a real estate company that invests in shopping centers and parking structures. He serves on the boards of Jobs for Youth, the Lake County Affordable Housing Commission and has been a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. He is the 2008 JUF General Campaign Chairman of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Ezra Katz, Miami, FL, is chairman of the Aztec Group. He is past president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He served as president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation from 2002-2004, following a two-year term as the Federation’s General Campaign Chairman. He has also served on the board of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. In 2006, he was the inaugural recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Legacy Award in South Florida. His parents are Holocaust survivors.
Howard Konar, Rochester, NY, is president of Konar Properties. He serves on the boards of the Monroe Community College Foundation, the Jewish Community Federation of Rochester, Rochester Management, Inc., Workforce Investment Board & RochesterWorks, and TYKES Children’s Theater. His father is a Holocaust survivor, and his parents are Museum Founders.
Douglas R. Korn, Greenwich, CT, is a senior managing director and executive vice president of a major New York-based private equity firm. He is involved in a broad range of service activities including serving as co-founder and director of Youth Renewal Fund and on a member of charitable boards including Reach Out and Read and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.
Hadassah Freilich Lieberman, Washington, D.C., serves in a number of capacities in organizations dedicated to health issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, improving educational standards and promoting international understanding. A daughter of a Holocaust survivor, she was a member of the United States delegation to the commemoration ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Pierre-Richard Prosper, Los Angeles, CA, is counsel at Arent Fox, LLP. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the U.S. ambassador-at-large in charge of the Secretary of State’s Office of War Crimes Issues. Ambassador Prosper was a war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and he successfully prosecuted the first-ever case of genocide under the 1948 Genocide Convention. He serves on the Boston College Board of Trustees.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum strives to inspire leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity and strengthen democracy. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanence, and donors nationwide make possible its educational activities and global outreach. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.