Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University where he is also a Professor of Jewish Studies. He was the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica.
For the past three years, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. From 1988–93 he served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation. He was Deputy Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust where he authored its Report to the President.
Berenbaum is the author and editor of 22 books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces. His work in film has earned multiple awards. He has been the producer, co-producer, executive producer, historical consultant, writer and interviewer and interviewee on more than two dozen films in multiple languages broadcast throughout the world.
Rabbi Michael Z Cahana is the middle child of Alice Lok Cahana. He also is Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon. Born in Houston, Texas, Rabbi Cahana comes from multiple generations of rabbis including his late father, Rabbi Moshe Cahana, and his older brother, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana. Rabbi Cahana began with a career in theater, including acting, directing, and theatrical design. In 1994, he became the first Reform rabbi in his family’s long rabbinic history. Rabbi Cahana integrates his rabbinical training with his theater background to create an environment in which prayer becomes an art form.
Kenneth Lipper is the Academy Award®-winning producer of The Last Days. He wrote the novel and original screenplay for City Hall as well as produced the film, produced the play & film The Winter Guest, and was the chief technical advisor of the film and author of the novel Wall Street. He is the co-publisher of the Lipper/Viking Penguin “Penguin Lives” biography series.
Kenneth Lipper is chairman of Lipper & Co, an investment bank and investment management company. He was the Commissioner of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, served as New York City’s Deputy Mayor under Mayor Ed Koch, and was General Partner of investment banks Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers. He was also Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Ori Z Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across the disciplines of theology, art history, philosophy and politics. He is the former Director and Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum where he curated some 80 exhibitions. He is the author of several hundred articles and catalogue essays, and the author or editor of 24 books, including The Ashen Rainbow: The Holocaust and the Arts; Symbols of Faith: How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; and Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture.