Rabbi Mendel Goldstein, shliach of Poway, Calif., was sworn into the US Holocaust Memorial Council on Tuesday, during a ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Full story
By the COLlive journalist
Rabbi Mendel Goldsteinshliach of Poway, Calif., was sworn into the US Holocaust Memorial Council on Tuesday, during a ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Rabbi Goldstein, the first Lubavitch member of the United States Holocaust Memorial board, was sworn in with new president, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstatand new Board members.
His appointment was announced by the President donald trump on January 29, 2020, as well as 2 other new members.
The council was created by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in Holocaust remembrance and to raise private funds for and build the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Trump made the decision in May 2019 when he took in Goldstein and his injured father, Rabbi Israel Goldstein following the anti-Semitic attack on Chabad of Poway on the last day of Passover, a source told COLlive.com.
Trump greeted them in the Oval Office during the annual National Day of Prayer at the White House. Trump reportedly wanted the senior Goldstein, but then said he wanted someone “younger” and offered it to Mendel Goldstein, a father of 4 young children.
The Council, which meets twice a year, is made up of 55 members appointed by the President, plus five members from the Senate and House of Representatives and three ex-officio members from the ministries of Education, ‘Interior and State. Presidential appointments have a five-year term; The terms of 11 members expire each year.
The museum’s board of trustees is an independent establishment of the United States government operating as a public-private partnership that receives federal funding to support museum building operations.
In addition to Goldstein, Trump named Sigal Mandelker, undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, and Curtis Darrow Robinson, owner and chairman of C&R Development Company in Connecticut and philanthropist.