Obama names three to Holocaust council


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A former JTA president, an LGBT activist and a member of the AIPAC national council were named to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

President Obama on Thursday named Elisa Spungen Bildner, John Farahi and Dana Perlman to the council, which oversees the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Bildner, a past JTA president, is a board member of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University, a co-chairwoman of the board of trustees and co-founder of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and a board member and past chairwoman of the Jewish Funders Network. She currently serves on JTA’s board.

Bildner, of Montclair, N.J., has been a CEO of a produce processing company, and has practiced and taught both law and journalism.

Farahi, of Reno, Nev., is a casino CEO, founded a Jewish day school in Reno and is a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council.

Dana Perlman, the vice president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission,  also is a co-chairman of the LGBT Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee.

Council terms are typically five years.

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