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2024 Western Region Tribute Dinner

Honoring Helen Mirren and Moses S. Libitzky

The Museum's Western Region community gathered March 12, 2024, at a time when Holocaust memory and education have never been more important. Together, we recommitted to reaching more young people from diverse backgrounds and ensuring the truth and relevance of the Holocaust for new generations—far beyond our walls. Thank you for supporting our vital mission and making our increasingly urgent work possible.

Featured Guests

Honorees

  • Helen Mirren

    Helen Mirren has brought public attention to stories of the Holocaust and promoted Holocaust remembrance through her works and other efforts, including her role in the film Woman in Gold as a Jewish refugee who fought to reclaim art stolen by Nazis, her portrayal of a Holocaust survivor in the film White Bird, her performance in the film Golda as the Iron Lady of Israel determined to prevent its destruction, and her reading of diary entries in the documentary Anne Frank: Parallel Stories.

    Additionally, her outspoken support of restitution efforts and her testimony at a joint hearing of two Senate Judiciary subcommittees displayed her caring for humanity and as she stated, “give Jewish people and others the opportunity to reclaim their history.” Photo: Helen Mirren. Maarten De Boer

  • Moses S. Libitzky

    The son of Holocaust survivors and born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, Moses S. Libitzky is a real estate investor, developer, and philanthropist with a long-held commitment to the Jewish community and Holocaust remembrance. He is the owner and managing partner of a number of real estate investment entities, collectively known as Libitzky Property Companies, with holdings nationwide.

    Moses is also deeply involved in the community and serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit and charitable organizations, including: the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as senior vice president; the Bay Area Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund; the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; and the Holocaust Center of Northern California. Moses’s longtime support of the Jewish community and Holocaust remembrance was inspired by his parents, Martin and Eva (née Gerszt) Libitzky, who both experienced the German occupation of Poland and survived the Holocaust. In 2010, Eva published her autobiography—entitled Out on a Ledge—with Moses’s help and in collaboration with Fred Rosenbaum. In the book, Eva shed light on what life was like in Poland before the Holocaust. She also chronicled her experiences after the Nazis imprisoned her and her family in the Łódź ghetto in 1940 and later deported her in 1944 to Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. A two-part documentary film series released in 2022 called The Assembly explores Eva’s story of survival as well as her later work in America to educate young people about the undeniable truth of the Holocaust. Photo: Moses Libitzky. Joshua Ets-Hokin Photography

Featured Speaker

  • Emma Blankstein

    Emma Blankstein is a Brown University student and an advocate for genocide education who captivated audiences with her powerful TEDx Talk “Why Gen Z Needs to Talk about Genocide.” Inspired deeply by her place in the last generation to personally know Holocaust survivors, Blankstein has also directed six short films about the lives of Holocaust survivors. Photo: Emma Blankstein. Michael Becker

Event Leadership

Event Chairs

  • Linda and Tony Rubin

    Dinner Co-Chairs

    Linda and Tony Rubin have a long-held commitment to the Jewish community, Holocaust remembrance, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

    Linda is a six-time Tony Award-winning producer for Angels in America (2018), Hadestown (2019), The Lehman Trilogy (2022), Company (2022), Leopoldstadt (2023), and Parade (2023). She is currently represented on Broadway with Hadestown and Gutenberg The Musical (2023).

    Linda serves on the executive board of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles as well as on the board of counselors of the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Dramatic Arts. She is chairman of the board of the Los Angeles County and USC Violence Intervention Program, which aims to protect and support those affected by child abuse and neglect, family violence, and sexual assault. 

    Tony is a lawyer, investor, and real estate professional involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. He is a trustee and serves on the board of directors for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Tony has served as president and chairman of the Western Region Board of Directors of the Friends of Israel Defense Forces, as well as on its national board as a vice president of its Executive Committee. He also sits on the international board of trustees for the Maccabi World Union Association and is on the local and national boards of trustees for the Jewish National Fund. He has served in similar capacities for the Curtis School, the Windward School, and the Congregation Kehillat Israel, among others. 

    Linda and Tony have three children, Jacob, Alex, and Gena. Photo: Linda and Tony Rubin. USHMM

  • Jennifer and Richard Devinki

    Next Generation Co-Chairs

    Jennifer and Richard Devinki support the Museum’s increasingly urgent work to advance the truth and relevance of the Holocaust to younger generations.

    A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Jennifer founded FitbBy Pilates in 2008 to provide affordable, private fitness instruction to seniors. Richard is a graduate of the University of Kansas and currently runs DREW, a property management company. Previously, Richard spent the last 25 years as a TV production executive. Richard’s grandparents survived the Holocaust in Poland by hiding in a root cellar for 27 months. His father, Sam, was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany after the war and later immigrated to the United States. Photo: Jennifer and Richard Devinki. Ryan Miller from Capture Imaging, Inc.

  • Dinner Committee

    Melissa and Michael Berenbaum Sylvie and Mark Deutsch Mona Golabek Stephanie and Sam Lauter Michael Libitzky Susan Libitzky Susan Lowenberg and Joyce Newstat Nancy Mishkin Deborah Oppenheimer Sheryl and Ken Pressberg Mark G. Reisbaum and Michael T. Case Janet and Lenny Rosenblatt Florence and Harry Sloan Carol and Jac Stulberg

Tribute Dinner Sponsors

Gifts as of March 12, 2024 Patron Sponsor ($150,000 or more) Sheryl and David Wiener Platinum Sponsor ($50,000–$74,999) Anonymous Koret Foundation Linda and Tony Rubin Florence Low and Harry E. Sloan Stephanie and Howard Sherwood Gold Sponsor ($25,000–$49,999) Martha and Barry Berkett Judy and Tom Flesh The Hellen Companies Libitzky Family Foundation Memory Lane The Orden Family Helen and Moshe Sassover The Tramiel Charitable Trust Silver Sponsor ($10,000–$24,999) Banc of California Sylvie and Mark Deutsch Amy and Mort Friedkin David Geffen Foundation Debra and Robert Kasirer Myra and Saeed Nourmand Dana Perlman and Hugh Kinsellagh Anne and Nathan Petrowsky Sheryl and Ken Pressberg Janet and Lenny Rosenblatt Bob and David Schneiderman Carol and Jac Stulberg Dianne and Tad Taube May and Richard Ziman Bronze Sponsor ($5,000–$9,999) Cynthia Chapman and Neil Selman Jennifer and Richard Devinki, Mary Stahl and Sam Devinki Richard J. Farber Charitable Gift Fund Joseph C. and Esther Foster Foundation Vera and Paul Guerin Hitter Family Foundation Laura and Gary Lauder Stephanie and Sam Lauter Nancy Mishkin Heidi and Albert Praw  Lisa S. Pritzker Probity International Corporation Samuel and Helene Soref Foundation Bley Stein Foundation June Street Architecture Cissie Swig Supporting Sponsor ($2,500–$4,999) Dennis Albers Deborah and Mark Attanasio Lori and Jeffrey Berkowitz Stanley B. Burns, MD Amy and Andrew Cohn Debbie and Barry Cohn Phyllis Cook Abby and Ira Friedman JCC East Bay Dr. Bryna Kane and Jerry Kaufman David and Judy Langer Helen and Peter Loewenstein Michael and Lori Milken Family Foundation Edie and Richard Mills Liliane and Ed Schneider Linda and David Shaheen Supo Foundation Martin Taller

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