Dr. Gary P. Zola Nominated by President Obama as Member of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad

Friday, April 15, 2011

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Gary P. Zola as a Member of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.

Dr. Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the world's largest freestanding research center dedicated solely to the study of the American Jewish experience.  Dr. Zola serves as Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR. Dr. Zola was the organizer and chair of the congressionally recognized Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History from 2002 to 2005. In 2006, he joined the Academic Advisory Council of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

In announcing a number of presidential appointments, President Obama said, "Our nation will be greatly served by the talent and expertise these individuals bring to their new roles. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR, states, “The College-Institute is extremely proud that President Obama has elected to appoint our own Professor Gary Zola to membership on the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.  The selection of a faculty member to serve on such a Presidential Commission is unparalleled in the history of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and reflects the outstanding reputation Dr. Zola has achieved as Director of the American Jewish Archives and as Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR.  I have every confidence that Professor Zola will contribute significantly to the work of the Commission in preserving historical sites in Europe – including cemeteries ravaged by the Nazis during World War II – related to the interests of the American nation and its citizens.  I offer my warmest congratulations to Dr. Zola personally on this appointment, and am grateful that the achievements and talents of our colleague and teacher have been recognized in such a singular way.”

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