Farmington Hills, MI, October 20, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus is hosting its 29th Anniversary Dinner, Sunday, Nov. 3 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Rd.) in Southfield.
The annual fundraising event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will honor Jackie and Joel Smith of West Bloomfield for their dedication and commitment to the center. Susan Eisenhower, CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group and granddaughter of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will deliver the keynote address, paying tribute to the World War II veterans and survivors whose legacy to us is to bear witness to future generations about the need to stand up for the rights of others.
Jackie and Joel Smith are community leaders who have dedicated themselves to Holocaust education. As president of Neumann/Smith, one of the leading architectural firms in Michigan, Joel’s aptitude for business and hands-on project involvement are reflected in the success of some of the largest and most challenging projects in the state.
During his professional career, Joel has had the unique opportunity to literally shape Michigan’s Jewish community. He has been actively involved in the development of service, educational and memorial facilities including the Holocaust Memorial Center, Berman Theater, Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit and Jewish Family Service Headquarters. Outside the office, he is a member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, and a past president and former board member of the Benefactors of Jewish Senior Life.
Jackie also has had a long involvement with Jewish Senior Life and its many facilities and currently works with the community’s seniors as director of the Alpern Life Enhancement Program.
Joel and Jackie met while attending the University of Michigan and have been married for over 33 years. They are the proud parents of Jennifer and Jacob.
Susan Eisenhower is the granddaughter of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who, as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, led troops in liberating the concentration camps at the end of World War II.
She is chairman of leadership and public policy programs of the Eisenhower Institute, where she became known for her work in the former Soviet Union and in the energy field. She also serves as president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc., which provides strategic counsel on political and business projects.
Eisenhower has served on several blue ribbon commissions, most recently the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, in addition to the Baker-Cutler Commission on US funded nuclear nonproliferation programs in Russia. In 2011, she was appointed to the Dept. of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. Previously, she worked on the NASA Advisory Council and the National Academy of Sciences' standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control.
Eisenhower has been a Fellow at Harvard's JFK School of Government's Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center. She currently sits on the boards of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Energy Future Coalition, and the MIT Energy Initiative, and is an advisor to the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy. At Gettysburg College, Eisenhower offers her undergraduate program, Strategy & Leadership in Transformational Times, which highlights the vital intersection between strategy and leadership while emphasizing the truly transformational times we are living in today.
The Chairpersons for the 29th Anniversary Dinner are Lori and Steven Weisberg.
Dinner tickets can be purchased for $200.00 each and $136.00 for ages 35 and under. Benefactor tickets are available for $360. Table prices begin at $2,400.00.
Reservations for the dinner are required and complimentary valet parking will be provided. For tickets or more information, contact Jackie Schwartz at 248-553-2400 (ext. 29), or email@example.com.
World War II veterans who helped liberate the concentration camps are invited to attend as complimentary guests at the 29th Annual Anniversary Dinner. To RSVP, contact Beth Snider at 248.553.2400 ext. 21.
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. We were founded by local Holocaust survivors with community support, to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why each of us must respect and stand up for the rights of others if we are to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, we touch the lives of more than 85,000 individuals each year who leave here profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. Our exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking our guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.
The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.
For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.