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Marsha and Gary Forman, long time Rockland County residents, have been tirelessly involved in the planning, design and building process of the new Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education from its inception. They are dedicated to the Museum’s mission of carrying on the memories and lessons of the Holocaust and confronting antisemitism and bigotry of all kinds. They are committed to the growth, success and outreach efforts of the Museum so that people of all ages, races and faiths understand that “never again” are not just words, but words to live by.
The Formans have also been actively involved in a great number of community and religious organizations. They’ve played leadership roles in Rockland Jewish Family Service, the Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School, State of Israel Bonds, Congregation Shaarey Israel and Hillel of Rockland. Gary is currently CEO at Henschel-Steinau, where he has worked for the past 49 years. In addition, he has recently assumed the co-presidency of the Museum. Marsha is a Registered Nurse and currently chairs the Rockland Jewish Family Service Outreach Committee and the RJFS/ARC Collaborative Project.
Marsha and Gary are the proud parents of Brian married to Melissa and Corrie married to Dr. Jason Jacobs and grandparents to Hazel, Michael, Oliver and Justin. The Holocaust Museum is thrilled to honor Marsha and Gary for all of their dedication and endless efforts that have helped make the dream of a new museum a reality.
Lyn and Hank Meyers are being honored at the benefit brunch for their commitment and devotion to the construction and well-being of the new Holocaust Museum. They have been loyal financial and active supporters of the Museum, continuously striving to ensure that the Museum is able to expand its programs and fulfill its critical mission to educate children and adults of all religions and races to address discrimination and antisemitism.
The Meyers have also served as leaders and officers of many local agencies and organizations including the American Cancer Society, State of Israel Bonds, Rockland Jewish Family Service, the Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School, the Jewish Community Center and Federation. Hank has been managing director for Northwestern Mutual and Lyn has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years.
The Meyers are the parents of Brian married to Marci and Kim married to Mike. They are the joyous grandparents of Levi, Sawyer Reece and Natalia. The Museum is delighted to acknowledge Lyn and Hank for all they have contributed and done to help the Center continue to provide critical education to fight antisemitism and hatred.
Uri Sasson, born and raised in Israel, came to the US in 1974. As he and his wife Sharon, a child of Holocaust survivors, raised their family, he became passionate and motivated to help make a difference in the Jewish community life of Rockland County. Over the years, Uri has volunteered and served in a number of leadership positions in many Jewish organizations. Through his profession as a successful builder and developer, he helped to create many religious and educational institutions within the Rockland community. With Sharon’s deep family connection to the Holocaust and understanding of the need for more education for tolerance, Uri became inspired to make a difference to help educate future generations. With dedication and determination, he took on the task of helping to build what he considers to be his greatest achievement, our Holocaust Museum and Study Center. Through Uri’s passion, warmth, generosity, philanthropy and hands-on building, he has helped to create a crown jewel in the Rockland community, which is the HMCTE. The Center has already proudly seen thousands of visitors since its opening last June. At the present time, Uri is continuing to serve as co-president of the Museum.
Uri is a proud father of four children; Yamit, Elon married to Davina, Tami, and Ari married to Julie. He is also Saba to three beautiful grandchildren; Leor, Maya and Naomi. The Holocaust Museum gratefully acknowledges all that Uri has done and we honor him and his efforts this year at the Annual Benefit Brunch.
The Museum is proud to honor the Suffern High School’s Deaf Awareness Club with the Excellence in Education Award at the Brunch event. The Club spreads awareness and educates others about the deaf community, works to bring deaf and hearing cultures together, and organizes fundraising campaigns to obtain assistive technology for individual with hearing loss.
Elisha Wiesel retired from a twenty five year financial markets career at Goldman Sachs. In his most recent board position at Good Shepherd Services, Elisha raised millions of dollars for New York’s neediest by convening “Midnight Madness”, where hundreds of finance professionals stayed up all night solving elaborate puzzles on the city streets.
When his father, Elie Wiesel passed away, Elisha realized how many others missed his voice—and so, when opportunities for impact arise, Elisha stands up for persecuted communities. In the last few years, he has spoken at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum about the need to protect the LGBTQ community, shone a light on the plight of Syrian refugees being denied Western asylum while speaking at Auschwitz, has written for the Financial Times about the urgency of upholding DACA and has taken his son to peacefully march for Black Lives Matter. It is the Museum’s great privilege to welcome Mr. Wiesel to speak at the 2022 Annual Benefit Brunch to further enlighten us about his work and efforts on behalf of populations meeting with diversity and discrimination.
The Museum is hosted by Rockland Community College and receives funding from the Town of Ramapo, County of Rockland and Jewish Federation of Rockland County.