HMH Bearing Witness - December 2017

This is an exciting time to be Board Chair of Holocaust Museum Houston as we literally break ground on our future. I have been involved with the museum for many years and witnessed its genesis from a dream of the local survivors including my own mother Lea Krell Weems, of blessed memory, and my Aunt Ruth Steinfeld. So I feel particularly proud to see our beloved museum expanding in preparation for Building Our Future

Chief Executive Officer Kelly J. Zúñiga, Ed.D. Editors Robin Cavanaugh Clare Legg Holocaust Museum Houston Morgan Family Center 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100 | Houston, TX 77054 Holocaust Museum Houston is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the Houston Museum District Association. HMH Bearing Witness is the official magazine of Holocaust Museum Houston. © 2017, All rights reserved. Board of Trustees FY17-18 Chair Gary Markowitz Chair-Elect Benjamin Warren Vice Chairs DEVELOPMENT Heidi Gerger (Co-chair) FACILITIES Butch Mach EDUCATION Kim Ruth OUTREACH Nancy S. Dinerstein SURVIVOR SERVICES Hyman Penn, M.D. Secretary Crystal Ashby Treasurer Daniel P. Gordon Immediate Past Chair Gail Klein Ex-Officio Kelly J. Zúñiga, Ed.D. Chief Executive Officer | Holocaust Museum Houston Jack Kins Chair | Holocaust Museum Houston Foundation Benjamin Warren (Co-chair) TEL: 713-942-8000 FAX: 713-942-7953

Gary Markowitz, Board Chair

teaching future generations about the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston is more than just a building. WE are the museum and together we have the responsibility of serving as the custodian of survivor memory and culture. The work we do bridges the gap between remembering the lives lost in the Holocaust and conveying the relevance and history of the Holocaust to youth and adults in our diverse and growing community. The dramatic expansion of the museum allows us to introduce more in-depth exhibits, expand outreach and educational programs that tie the events of the Holocaust to modern life and the ethical and moral challenges we face on a daily basis. New technology and bilingual signage will appeal to new and different audiences as we continue to enhance our international reputation and presence. The new facility will be a unique space for intellectual and practical inquiry. Our charge is to combat ignorance with education and replace disbelief and denial with proof. It is fitting and appropriate to devote our energy to ensuring that Holocaust Museum Houston continues to thrive and grow, as the audience for our important message expands. It is our shared responsibility to remember our past in order to build our future. This new Lester and Sue Smith Campus does indeed build our future. Our new LEED certified 57,000-square-foot facility will feature The Morgan Family Welcome Center leading into the expanded core exhibit Holocaust gallery, “Bearing Witness.” Our new Human Rights Gallery, and the Rhona and Bruce Caress Anne Frank and Young Writers’ Voices Gallery will engage and inspire visitors of all ages. A new second floor will house the expanded 200-seat Albert and Ethel Herzstein Auditorium hosting performances, lectures and films, the Samuel Bak Gallery and Learning Center in Loving Memory of Hope Silber Kaplan, and the Boniuk Center for the Future of Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Studies and the Education Center. The second floor will also serve as the home to the Jerold B. Katz Family Butterfly Loft and the HMH Butterfly Project, representing a portion of the collection of more than 1.5 million handmade butterflies sent to the museum from children and adults all over the world. I look forward to the day we re-open and the future becomes the present for all to enjoy. Until then, I invite you all to visit us at the temporary museum location at 9220 Kirby Drive (one mile south of NRG Stadium), featuring “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers,” “New Dimensions in Testimony” and “Human Rights Art.” We’ll be back at our expanded campus as soon as possible, introducing future generations of Houstonians to a new Holocaust Museum Houston. Warm regards,

Holocaust Museum Houston revealed plans this past June for a dramatic $33.8 million expansion of its building at 5401 Caroline St. that will more than double its size to a total of 57,000 square feet. The new building will be named Holocaust Museum Houston, Lester and Sue Smith Campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2017 and be completed in the spring of 2019. ON THE COVER

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HMH CEO Speaks at Child Survivor Meeting Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga was the guest speaker at a recent luncheon held by child survivors of the Holocaust. Dr. Zúñiga shared detailed plans for the expanded museum and updated attendees on the status of the Capital Campaign. The luncheon group meets one Sunday each month to hear speakers on various topics of interest.




Meet the Education Team Learn about 2017-2018 HMH Education plans 10

HMH Groundbreaking Ceremony 300 guests celebrate

Celebration of Hope & Closing Ceremony More than 2,000 attend HMH closing weekend activities

LBJ 2017 Moral Courage Award Dinner $1.25 million raised at annual dinner

as HMH breaks ground on $33.8 million expansion

Trustees Tali Blumrosen

Michael Morgan Mark Mucasey Corey Powell Jerry Rochman Tracey Shappro Limor Smith David Solomon Jennifer B. Stockel Alberta Totz Chaja Verveer Inna Wizig


Steve Estrin Cheryl Golub Guillermo Guefen Shelly Hendry Laura Jaramillo Carl Josehart Mady Kades Evan H. Katz Nancy Li-Tarim Jerry Martin

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Gary Markowitz Board Chair

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(l to r) Bernard Zalcman, Lucy Borosh, Ytzak (Jackie) Borosh (standing), Nadira Lorin, Chaja Verveer, Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, Louisa Kopinski, Pauline Rubin, Issa Seelig, Jim Getola, Ben Waserman, Martin Lorin (standing)

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