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40th Annual Governor's Holocaust Commemoration

On May 18, 2020 Governor Mike DeWine hosted the 40th Annual Governor's Holocaust Commemoration.  In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, it was a virtual event, but remained a moving program that included a conversation with renowned Holocaust scholar, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt.  

J. David Heller, Past Member of the U.S. Holocaust Council and President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, resumed his role as Master of Ceremonies. Governor DeWine and Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, held a meaningful conversation with Dr. Lipstadt, followed by remarks by Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, Ohio House Assistant Majority Whip Laura Lanese, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and a benediction by Rabbi Josh Brown of Temple Israel in Akron.

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Participants

Holocaust Commemoration Program Coordinators

Kathleen Young-Riley, Central Ohio Regional Liaison, Office of Governor Mike Dewine

Jason Hill, Director of Constituent Affairs, Office of Governor Mike DeWine

Tammy Puff, Military and Veteran Liaison, Office of Governor Mike DeWine

Howie Beigelman, Executive Director, Ohio Jewish Communities

Catherine Scheller, Legislative & Communications Assistant, Ohio Jewish Communities

Special Thank You to Jewish Federations of North America for administering the Zoom webinar

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University

Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health

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Representative Laura Lanese, Ohio House of Representatives Assistant Majority Whip

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof

J. David Heller, Past Member of the U.S. Holocaust Council and President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Rabbi Josh Brown, Temple Israel, Akron

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