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
“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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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