ROCKVILLE, Md., March 19, 2003 – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has announced that Michael and Susie Gelman, local Jewish community leaders and civic activists, will serve as North American co-chairs of the United Jewish Communities' (UJC) General Assembly, which will be held Nov. 16-19, 2003 in Jerusalem.
The Gelmans are involved in numerous local and national philanthropic endeavors. Michael Gelman is president of The Jewish Federation and also serves as chairman of the Human Services and Social Policy Pillar of the New York-based UJC, the umbrella group for 156 Jewish federation organizations in North America. Susie Gelman, a member of Federation's Board of Directors, currently serves as president of the Board of Trustees of Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Board of Managers of Adas Israel Congregation and several other boards.
"We are very honored to have been asked to serve as North American chairs of the General Assembly and are especially pleased that the GA will be held this year in Jerusalem. We look forward to working with Eli Hurvitz, our partner and the Israeli chair of the GA, to create an exciting and stimulating program," said Susie Gelman. "It is extremely important that the American Jewish community demonstrate its support for Israel and her people by participating in the GA at this critical time."
Dr. Misha Galperin, executive vice president and CEO, The Jewish Federation, praised the Gelmans for their personal commitment to the Jewish community over the past 25 years.
"I am proud of this national recognition of their leadership and philanthropic commitment to Israel, their local community and the worldwide Jewish community. I am thrilled that the Gelmans will have this opportunity to lead thousands of people to Jerusalem," said Galperin.
In addition to his federation and UJC positions, Michael Gelman serves on the council of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, having been originally appointed to that position by former President Bill Clinton in 1995. He also serves on the boards of a variety of philanthropic and educational organizations, including the United Jewish Endowment Fund. He previously served on the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. Michael Gelman is the president of the accounting firm of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, located in Bethesda, Md.
Susie Gelman is a member of the board of the Nesiya Institute, which provides opportunities for North American and Israeli young people from diverse backgrounds to enrich Jewish life through education, community service, the arts and the environment. She also serves on the board of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. She has served as a member of the board of directors of the United Jewish Endowment Fund and is a past co-chair of the Jewish Foundation Advisory Council. Both are alumni of the Wexner Heritage Foundation Leadership program, a national educational program for Jewish communal leaders that focuses on Jewish history, philosophy, ethics and contemporary challenges of the Jewish people.
The General Assembly is the largest annual worldwide gathering of Jewish community leaders. It conveys the enduring friendship and solidarity between Jews in Israel and in North America.
About The Jewish Federation
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington raises and allocates funds to care for those in need, deepen Jewish identity and engagement, and strengthen the bonds between Jews in the Washington area, in Israel, and throughout the world. The local Washington Federation is one of 156 similar volunteer-driven organizations in the United States and Canada committed to the renaissance of the Jewish people.