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2022 Southeast Virtual Event


On April 4, 2022, Museum supporters from across the Southeast region recommitted to ensuring the lessons of the Holocaust continue to inspire individuals and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

Keynote speaker Michael Berenbaum, who played a lead role in the Museum’s creation, shed light on a lesser-known chapter of this history, the “Holocaust by bullets,” the murder of as many as two million Jews in eastern Europe, including at least 1.5 million in Ukraine.

Craig and Barbara Weiner received the Museum’s Southeast Leadership Award for their dedication to the Museum’s mission and their tireless efforts to expand Holocaust education. And honorary chairs Samuel and Bilha Ron shared Samuel’s story about fighting to stay alive during the Holocaust, helping Jewish refugees after the war, and educating young people today.

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Featured Guests

Featured Speaker

Michael Berenbaum
Michael Berenbaum Director, Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University

Dr. Michael Berenbaum directs the Sigi Ziering Institute, which explores the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust. The institute is located at American Jewish University in California, where he is also a professor of Jewish studies. Additionally, he is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and films.

In 2015, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum honored Berenbaum with its National Leadership Award for his decades of service and contributions to Holocaust memory and education.

From 1988 to 1993, Berenbaum oversaw the creation of the Museum, serving as project director, and later was director of the US Holocaust Research Institute at the Museum, now the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Berenbaum served as deputy director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust, which led to creating the Museum.

Starting in 1997, he served for three years as president and chief executive officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, now the USC Shoah Foundation.

Berenbaum has authored or edited 22 books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces. His books include The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumAfter Tragedy and Triumph: Modern Jewish Thought and the American ExperienceNot Your Father’s Antisemitism: Hatred of the Jews in the 21st Century, and Mosaic of Victims: Non-Jews Persecuted and Murdered by the Nazis.

In film, Berenbaum co-produced One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissmann Klein Story, which received an Emmy Award in 1995 and an Academy Award in 1996. He has been a historical consultant on numerous other films and documentaries.



Craig and Barbara Weiner
Craig and Barbara Weiner Founders, Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center,
Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida

Craig and Barbara Weiner, supporters of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for nearly three decades, have been tireless in their efforts to teach the next generation about the lessons of the Holocaust. Each year, numerous school groups and thousands of others visit the Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center. The nonprofit also brings speakers into schools and sponsors an annual contest in which students reflect on Holocaust survivors’ stories and submit about 2,000 entries per year in visual art, digital storytelling, essays, and poetry.

The Weiners have permanently endowed the center to ensure its continuity for generations to come.


Honorary Chairs

Samuel and Bilha Ron
Samuel and Bilha Ron

Boca Raton residents Samuel and Bilha Ron have been members of the Museum since 1991, before it opened to the public. Samuel, 97, a Holocaust survivor from Poland, donated family documents and photographs to the Museum to stand as evidence and preserve memory. For decades, he has told his story to hundreds of groups so that his relatives’ experiences will never be forgotten.

In 1943, when Samuel (then Shmuel Rakowski) was 18, he was deported from the Kraków ghetto to a series of camps, where he endured forced labor and a forced march before liberation by the US Army in May 1945. He eventually reunited with his parents, but his younger brother was killed at Mauthausen concentration camp shortly before liberation. After the war, Samuel joined the Brihah (Bricha) movement and helped several groups of eastern European Jewish refugees make their way to Palestine.


Event Leadership

2022 Southeast Virtual Event Leadership

Event Vice Chairs (in formation)

Sharyn and Edwin Brager

Caryn J. Clayman

David Coppa—In memory of Simon Konover

Sidney Davidson

Barbara Feingold and Family in Memory of Dr. Jeffrey P. Feingold

Leslie Gaynor

Arthur M. Gutterman

The Kay Family

Sunny and Jim Kincaid

David and Susan Kreisman

Julie Peyton and Don Tolep

Linda and Jay Rosenkranz

Paulette Samowitz

Ernest Seinfeld

Erika Sigel

Bill H. and Linda Stern

Sue Wilder—Our Fund

Southeast Regional Office

Southeast Regional Office

The Southeast regional office serves Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Learn more about past events and how to contact us.