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2023 Cleveland Luncheon

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On May 17, 2023, the Cleveland community gathered to mark the Museum’s 30th anniversary—and affirm their support for our mission to ensure the truth and relevance of the Holocaust for new generations worldwide. We must continue accelerating our efforts far beyond the Museum’s walls, as antisemitism is on the rise and conspiracy theories and misuse of Holocaust history are taking hold. Watch the event below and learn more about the Museum’s new Beyond Our Walls Fund.

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Featured Guests

Speakers

Yair Rosenberg
Yair Rosenberg Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Creator, “Antisemitism Explained” video series

Yair is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers the intersection of politics, culture, and religion, and writes the Deep Shtetl newsletter. Previously a senior writer at Tablet Magazine, he has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. Yair has covered everything from national elections in America and Israel to observant Jews in baseball to the translation of Harry Potter into Yiddish.

His work has received awards from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies. In his spare time, Yair composes original Jewish music and creates bots that troll antisemites on Twitter. His latest projects include “Antisemitism, Explained,” a video series about anti-Jewish prejudice, and Az Yashir, an album of new shabbat music.

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Dr. Lisa Leff
Dr. Lisa Leff Director, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Museum

Dr. Lisa Leff has served as director of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Museum since 2018, and is also a professor of history at American University. Her focus at the Mandel Center has been on modernizing its programs to meet today’s most pressing challenges for academics. This includes making Holocaust scholarship more accessible through translation and digitization projects, helping Holocaust scholars stay active despite the collapsing academic job market, and ensuring continued innovation in the field by bringing in new methodologies.

Dr. Leff's own scholarly research focuses on the history of Jews in France. Her books include Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in 19th Century France (Stanford University Press, 2006) and The Archive Thief (Oxford University Press, 2015). The Archive Thief was named one of the best books on the Holocaust by Haaretz. It was also a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award and the winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

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National Leadership Award Recipient

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

The Museum is honoring Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in recognition of his ongoing fight against antisemitism and his contributions to the community in ways that advance Holocaust education. Governor DeWine sponsored the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act as a member of the United States Senate, hosts the annual Governor’s Holocaust Commemoration in Ohio, and signed an executive order focused on defining and combating antisemitism.

DeWine was born and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and grew up working alongside his parents and grandparents in the family’s seed company. During his long career in public service, he has been the 50th attorney general of Ohio, Greene County prosecutor, Ohio state senator, US congressman, Ohio lieutenant governor, and US senator. He and his wife, Fran, met in the first grade and married while students at Miami University. They have eight children and 26 grandchildren.

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Event Leadership

Honorary Chairs

Rebecca and David Heller
Rebecca and David Heller

For many decades, the Hellers have invested their time, energy, and resources in serving their Northeast Ohio community. They are longtime Museum supporters and both hold leadership positions in many civic organizations. Rebecca is a member of the Board of Directors of the Menorah Park Foundation and serves on the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of North America. David is president, CEO, and cofounder of The NRP Group, one of the largest multifamily development, construction, and property management companies in the United States. The Hellers have been married for 28 years and have four children together. They live in suburban Cleveland.

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Vice Chairs

Leslie and Kevin Blum
Rina Frankel and Family
Elaine, Roman (z”l), Michael, Julie, Hannah, and Jamie Frayman
Gail and Sheldon Goodman
Erica Hartman-Horvitz and Richard Horvitz
Stephanie and Jared Miller
Audrey and Albert Ratner
Deborah and Ronald Ratner
Barbara and Alan Rosskamm
Betty Rosskamm
Jackie and Fred Rothstein
Danielle and Jeffrey Wild
Ellen and Dan Zelman

Midwest Regional Office

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 upcoming programs and how to contact us.