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Collections, Conservation and Research Center

The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center

In 50 countries across six continents, the Museum is aggressively collecting evidence of the Holocaust before it is too late—before fragile documents and artifacts disintegrate and while those who can bear witness are still able to do so. The Museum collection is the foundation for ensuring the permanence of Holocaust remembrance, research, and education. With the rise of Holocaust denial, the power and authenticity of our collection assumes ever greater urgency.

Safeguarding Truth Forever

Survivors David* and Fela Shapell and their family led the effort to build a new state-of-the-art collections, conservation and research center, but still need your support.

  • The Museum collection is expected to double in size over the next decade. Currently 103,000 square feet, the Shapell Center incorporates planned expansion for the collection’s growth.

  • As the collection grows, so do the challenges to conserve it and prevent further deterioration of objects that were never meant to become part of a museum collection.

  • The Shapell Center includes highly specialized laboratories, equipment, and climate-controlled environments to preserve the wide variety of media and artifacts in the Museum’s vast collection. The Museum is a world leader in the preservation of perishable artifacts.

  • The Shapell Center serves as a vital hub of activity supporting acquisition, preservation, access, and educational use of the collection.

Join This Historic Effort

Naming opportunities are still available starting at $75,000. Your generosity will be prominently recognized at the Shapell Center, in the Museum on our donor walls, and on our website. Gifts of $1,000,000 and above will be recognized in a special collections, conservation and research center display that provides our close to two million annual visitors with a greater understanding of the collection’s significance in safeguarding truth forever.

For more information, please contact Allison Lurey, Campaign Director, at


The Museum is deeply grateful to the following donors for their generous support of The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center and their commitment to safeguarding truth for future generations.

Gifts of $15 million or more

The David and Fela Shapell Family Foundation

Gifts of $5 million or more

Estate of Bernard Aptaker Family of William* and Sheila Konar Joan and Robert* Rechnitz and Family Gifts of $2 million or more

The Klarman Family Foundation Susan and William S. Levine and Family Maltz Family Foundation Linda and Schuyler Sylvers

Gifts of $1 million or more

Peter* and Adrienne Feuer In Memory of Sanford Lipson Howard M. Lorber and Family The Unger Family

Gifts of $500,000 or more

Caryn J. Clayman Lisa and Sandy L. Gottesman Jeremy and Abbi Halpern Frank Liebermann The Gerald Rosenbluth Family Foundation—GNR & MJR Paul and Susan Sugarman and Family Gifts of $250,000 or more

Anonymous Susie and Michael Gelman Danielle Rudas Goodman and Jordan Goodman The Hillside Foundation—Allan and Shelley Holt Steven and Suzanne Hilton Marcia and Alan Lazowski The Malkin Family Linda and Richard Price and Family Burton Reiner Family The Wilf Family Foundation JM Zell Partners—Jeff, Lauri, Helen, Sam and Arlene Zell

Gifts of $150,000 or more

Sandy and Harvey Belfer Amy and Andrew Cohn Ernst and Paula Deutsch Foundation Lee and Bonnie Feinberg Ellen and Gerry Sigal The Wagner-Braunsberg Family Foundation Weinberg Family Foundations Gifts of $75,000 or more Jessica Abrahams and Christopher Fleming BB&T Corporation Tom and Andi Bernstein Family of David T. Chase Eva Cooper Karen Lansky Edlin and Andrew Edlin Mimi Fiszel Michael and Nancy Fox and Edye and Steven Abrams Herman, Bertha and Ari Friedman/Cohen Foundation Joel M. and Roya* Geiderman Connie and David Girard-diCarlo Ronen Israel and Mindy Nagorsky-Israel Debra and Robert Kasirer Jory and Jill Katlin Arno Motulsky Family Passion Growers LLC—Jacob Citrin and Cheryl and Jaime Peisach The Pechter Family Foundation Sheila Johnson Robbins Bella Rosenberg Amy and Kirk Rudy Gary and Phyllis Schahet J. Mark and Lorraine Schapiro Schwarz Foundation In Memory of Joey Smith Takiff Family Foundation

Gifts of $50,000 or more

Anonymous Chicago Teen Committee Thomas Cronk and Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk The Funger Foundation The Perlman Family Foundation, Founded by Louis and Anita Perlman Felice Zimmern Stokes Diane and Howard Wohl

Gifts of $25,000 or more

The Abt Family Foundation Debrah Lee Charatan and Steven Holm Sidney and Kyra Ferenc Sylvia Greenberg * Scott and Laura Kaufman The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation South Florida Business-Professional Advisory Committee (B-PAC) Wendy and Marc Stanley Washington Next Generation Board Lori and Martin Weinstein

Gifts of $10,000 or more

Frances and Leon* Hirsh Levy-Markus Foundation Jan and Marv Rotter and Family Mary Jane Rynd Gifts of $1,000 or more Mitchell and Allison Allen Peter Catalano Paul and Charlotte Chandler Marlin and David E. Feldman Charlie Fischer David M. and Ilene M. Flaum Rachelle and Michael Guerin Joseph and Sheila Gutman Family Pamela Herbst Maria and William* Herskovic Shelly and Billy Himmelrich Heidi and Robert Hirsh Hochberg and Lowenstein Families Lynne Karen Aviva Kempner Sunny and James Kincaid Rebecca Knaster Susan and Bruce Konheim Dr. Donald Levine and Dr. Diane Levine Norman and Nancy Lindauer Livney Family Foundation Susan Miller and Carl A. Miller Stacey Petito Nowack and Mitchell Nowack Lisa and Richard Perry Stacy Reines Jean and Bill Rosenbluth Toby and Noel Siegel Daniel and Irene Simpkins Robert and Tracy Slatoff Steven Starker Sara and Phil Stern Ariel Weil Seth and Kate Wernick Inez and Alexander White Susan and Steven Zinn *Deceased