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2024 Cleveland Luncheon

Amid the dangerous surge in antisemitism at home, abroad, and online, it has never been more important that we come together as a community and share the lessons of the Holocaust. With your support, we will unleash the power of Holocaust history even farther beyond our walls, defend and promote the truth of the Holocaust, and educate new generations about its ongoing relevance. Together, we can create a future that is better than the past.

If you have questions or would like information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Midwest Regional Office at 312.905.5459 or Sally Arnold at

Event Leadership


  • Danielle and Jeffrey Wild

    Danielle and Jeffrey Wild have been actively involved in Cleveland’s Jewish community for many years. Danielle is vice president of Fuchs Mizrachi School and chair of the Cleveland Jewish Federation’s Strategic Planning Committee, as well as a vice chair of their annual campaign. She also serves on the boards of Camp Stone, the Menorah Park Foundation, National Women’s Philanthropy, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. 

    Jeffrey is the firm administrative partner and chair of the Real Estate Group at Benesch, the largest law firm in Cleveland. He is also president of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, the board chair of Cleveland Development Advisors (an arm of the Greater Cleveland Partnership), and vice chair of the Cleveland Jewish Federation. In addition, Jeffrey is a board member for the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The Wilds live in Beachwood, Ohio, and have three young-adult children.

Vice Chairs

Cari and Gary Gross Robert Immerman and Susan Lizan-Immerman Edna and Amir Jaffa Stewart Kohl Stephanie and Jared Miller Judith and Morry Weiss



  • Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    Michael is an eminent Holocaust historian, writer, lecturer, and teacher who consults in the conceptual development of museums and historical films. He oversaw the Museum’s creation and was later director of its US Holocaust Research Institute, now known as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Since then, Michael has helped develop museums and exhibitions all over the country and around the world.

    He is currently director of the Sigi Ziering Institute—which explores the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust—at American Jewish University in California, where he is also a Distinguished Professor of Jewish studies. Michael has previously taught at Georgetown University, Wesleyan University and Yale University, and has served as a visiting professor at George Washington University, The University of Maryland, and American University.

    He has authored or edited 24 books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces—and been a historical consultant for many award-winning films and shows. He holds a bachelor of arts from Queens College and a PhD from Florida State University. He has also attended The Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Boston University.

  • Sara J. Bloomfield

    Sara has led the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for 25 years, working to build a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness, deepens understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust, confronts denial, and advances genocide prevention. She serves on the International Auschwitz Council, has been named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French Republic, and is a recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and six honorary doctorates. 

    Sara joined the planning staff of the Museum in 1986 when it was a project in development and served in a variety of roles before becoming director in 1999. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she holds a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in education from John Carroll University, and has studied business administration at the graduate level. 

Event Sponsors

Gifts as of May 3, 2024

Gifts of $50,000 or more Rebecca and J. David Heller Maltz Family Foundation  John Newburger

Gifts of $25,000–$49,999 Gail and Sheldon Goodman Family Foundation Cari & Gary Gross and Rochelle & Harley Gross The Lerner Foundation Audrey and Albert Ratner Deborah and Ronald Ratner Amy and Michael Southard Danielle and Jeffrey Wild The Wuliger Family

Gifts of $10,000–$24,999 Benesch Leslie and Kevin Blum Gregg and Regina Eisenberg Dr. Michael and Joyce Y. Hallet Erica Hartman-Horvitz and Richard Horvitz Susan Lizan-Immerman and Robert Immerman Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP Oswald Companies James and Susan Ratner Rosskamm and Rothstein Families Marjorie Simon Penni and Stephen Weinberg

Gifts of $5,000–$9,999 Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Susan and Michael Cristal Irving and Gloria Fine Foundation Rina Frankel and Family In memory of Roman (z”l)—Elaine, Michael, Julie, Hannah, and Jamie Frayman Judy and Mort Levin Dr. Alan and Mrs. Joni Lichtin Stephanie and Jared Miller Abbie Nagler Sender—in memory of her beloved mother, Rose Mass Nagler Ellen and Dan Zelman

Gifts of $2,500–$4,999 Steward Kohl Marilyn and Kenneth Oif Larry Pollock The Shafran Family

Midwest Regional Office

The Midwest Regional Office serves Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York (upstate), North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Find out more about past programs and how to contact us.

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