HMH Announces New Slate
HOUSTON, TX - Holocaust Museum Houston announced the officers and board members for the 2003 – 2004 fiscal year during its annual Board of Directors meeting held today at the Museum. Departing Chairman David P. Bell, Ed.D., thanked the outgoing board and his officers and turned the meeting over to incoming Chairman Joel Spira, who then introduced his new leadership team and the 2003-2004 Board of Directors.

“Holocaust Museum Houston is now routinely engaging in those activities that define a mature museum – exhibit production, professional conferences, and scholarly publications,” said Bell in noting the Museum’s accomplishments over the past year. Looking forward, he said the Museum was in good hands with Spira.

“In my mind, the most important quality a chairman can bring to the table is judgment, and you possess that quality in abundance,” he said of his friend.

As founding partner of one of the largest local accounting firms in Houston, Weinstein Spira & Co., Spira takes over after serving the last year as chair-elect. He has been very involved in the community for the past 35 years, having served as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and founding chairman of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation. He remains active in both organizations and served as general chairman of the United Jewish Campaign. Other current or past board memberships include United Orthodox Synagogues, Jewish Family Service, Neighborhood Centers, Jewish Community Center, and nationally with Jewish Telegraph Agency, Young Leadership Cabinet of UJA, Committee for Economic Growth of Israel, and United Jewish Communities. He is married to Brenda Spira and has three grown daughters and five grandchildren.

“When I was invited three years ago to join the HMH board, I accepted eagerly,” said Spira. “For me, it was an opportunity to immerse myself in a lifelong cause.” He went on to speak of the relevance of the Museum’s mission to fight prejudice, hatred, anti-Semitism. “The timeliness of our worthy quest for tolerance and harmony among all people has never been greater,” he said.

In addition to Spira as chairman, the officers for the 2003-2004 term are: Eileen Weisman, Chair-elect; Peter Berkowitz, Vice-Chair for Development; Hazel Bensky, Vice-Chair for Education; Velva G. Levine, Vice-Chair for Administration; Linda Eisemann, Vice-Chair for the Museum; Gail Klein, Secretary; and Benjamin Samuels, Treasurer. Rounding out the Executive Committee are: R. Edwin Allday, Mary E. Banks, David P. Bell, Ed.D., Nancy Freed, Janis Goldstein, Dan P. Gordon, Punkin Hecht, Sandy Lessig, Gary Markowitz, Roy Nichol, Anna Steinberger, Ph.D., Benjamin Warren, and Lea Weems.

Holocaust Museum Houston’s 2003-2004 board members are: W. Andrew Achenbaum, Ph.D., Linda Addison, Michael Bleyzer, Tali Blumrosen, Milton Boniuk, M.D., J. Murry Bowden, Alice Lok Cahana, Debra Cohen, Ross Davis, Martin Fein, Gene Festa, Carol Fisherman, Martha K. Freedman, Andrew T. Gardener, Anne Graubart, Roslyn Haikin, Terrell Hunt, Neil Lande, Linda P. Lay, Marcus Leuchter, Ph.D., JoAnn Levine, Max Levit, Rev. Edward Lockett, Linda K. May, Muriel Meicler, Ph.D., Isabel Mermelstein, Ira Mitzner, Richard S. Morgan, Shirley Morgan, William J. Morgan, Ruth Morris, Leon Mucasey, Mark Mucasey, Pepi Nichols, Rep. Joseph Nixon, Rep. Rick Noriega, Morris Penn, Daniel Pickelner, Cantor David Propis, Eric Pulaski, Rabbi Joseph Radinsky, Judge Clarease Rankin-Yates, Patricia Rauch, Eileen Reed, Msgr. Frank H. Rossi, Peter Roth, Rabbi Laura Sheinkopf, Misha Siegel-Cooper, Rabbi Brian Strauss, Carlos Treistman, Michael Trevino, Constable Victor Trevino, Chaja Verveer, Marsha Wallace, Naomi Warren, Ben Waserman, Sandra Weiner, Cyvia Wolff, E.D. Wulfe, and Fred Zeidman.

The Museum’s 2003-2004 Advisory Board members are: Laurie Bricker, Frieda Dow, Celina Fein, Steve Finkelman, Charles Foster, Hon. Mark Goldberg, Barbara Hurwitz, Walter Kase, Barry Margolis, Hans Mayer, Frank Michel, Edith Mincberg, Gail B. Miney, Hon. Annise Parker, Garland Pohl, Hon. Gordon Quan, Hon. Carroll Robinson, Regina J. Rogers, Ambassador Arthur Schechter, Mitzi Shure, Ruth Steinfeld, and Ellen Trachtenberg.

The program also included a film on the history of the Museum, a presentation from Susan Llanes-Myers, HMH executive director, and a closing prayer by Rabbi Joseph Radinsky, a founding board member at the Holocaust Museum
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