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Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council’s legislation mandates Holocaust educational programming throughout the country in both religious and secular contexts. Because the religious community has a special interest in the Holocaust, a Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust was established to engage religious organizations in the United States to fulfill that mandate.

Comprised of scholars, professors, and clergy from academic institutions, faith groups, and interfaith organizations, the Committee provides suggestions and advice to the Museum's efforts to educate the public as well as scholars and experts in Holocaust history; the role of the churches and religious organizations during the Nazi period and in the aftermath of the Holocaust; and the impact of the Holocaust on interfaith relations among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. 

Committee Members

Dr. Mary Boys (Chair) Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Dr. Doris Bergen University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Rev. Dr. David A. R. Clark New St. James Presbyterian Church, London, Ontario 

Dr. Robert P. Ericksen Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

Abraham H. Foxman* Bergenfield, New Jersey

Dr. Jennifer Geddes University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon* Wilmette, Illinois 

Dr. Matthew Hockenos Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

Sarah K. Hurwitz Washington, DC

Rev. Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Murray Jack Laulicht* Bal Harbour, Florida

Dr. Laura Levitt Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Heather Miller Rubens Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, Baltimore, Maryland

Margaret M. Obrecht Baltimore, Maryland

Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer  Baptist World Alliance and Northern Seminary, Lisle, Illinois

Dr. Matthew Tapie St. Leo University, St. Leo, Florida

Dr. Kate Temoney  Montclair University, Montclair, New Jersey 

Dr. Robert Ventresca King's University College at Western University, London, Ontario

* Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council

For information on the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, please contact:

Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, Director, Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126 Email: