Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, attended the annual congressional tribute event on May 15 at the U.S. Senate marking May as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM).
Also, in attendance were U.S. Senators and House members, government officials, diplomats and national Jewish leaders including Senators Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown, Doug Jones, Tim Kaine, Robert Menendez, Jacky Rosen, Jeanne Shaheen, Representatives Joseph Kennedy, Carolyn Maloney, Brad Schneider, Tom Suozzi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
The event honored a prominent Jewish philanthropist, Harley Lippman, for his lifelong commitment to numerous charitable and humanitarian organizations benefiting millions of people across the United States and the world. Lippman, founder and CEO of Genesis 10, a worldwide high-tech staffing and solutions company, is deeply involved in social justice causes that improve the lives of not just his fellow Jews in America, but people of all faiths all over the world. He also serves as president of ISGAP (Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy), an organization founded by Eli Wiesel that combats anti-Semitism through education.
Dr. Zola has known Lippman since 2011, the year that President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.
“Harley is a deeply compassionate human being whose love for his fellow man has impacted our world in so many remarkable ways,” said Zola. “How fitting it was to honor such a inspirational leader at this event marking the contributions of American Jews to our country.”
Most recently, Mr. Lippman has been engaged in efforts to locate the remains of Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II and buried in unmarked graves throughout Poland. He has undertaken the challenge of finding mass graves so that memorial plaques can be erected by the U.S. Commission to honor and bring dignity to the victims.
The annual celebration first began in 1980 as a week in April dedicated to American Jewry, and in 2006 President George Bush, at the request of Congress, dedicated the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month. Since 2006, Zola has been a member of the JAHM’s Advisory Board, which seeks to encourage Americans to deepen their knowledge of the many significant contributions Jews have made over the entire course of American