Etz Chaim Society


Dr. 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 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 was the conceptual developer on the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center that opened in Skokie, and played a similar function as conceptual developer and chief curator of the Belzec Memorial at the site of the Death Camp. He was the conceptual developer on the Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico City and a historian to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. He recently developed three museums in Skopje, North Macedonia, the Memorial Museum to Macedonia Jewry in Skopje, in Dallas, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum and in Cincinnati, the Nancy and David Wolfe Holocaust and Humanity Museum.

Berenbaum is the author and editor of twenty two books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces

His work in film has earned Emmy Awards and films he was worked on have earned Academy Awards.

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The Etz Chaim Society is our Tree of Life that constitutes a group of dedicated supporters who perpetuate the existence of Los Angeles Hebrew High School. Etz Chaim Society members annually provide the bedrock of support that allows for LAHHS to plant the seeds for future generations of committed Jews with an appreciation of lifelong Jewish learning and living.

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  • Exclusive annual event for Etz Chaim Society members
  • Annual recognition in LAHHS publications, including event and graduation programs, calendars, and website
  • Complementary tickets to our Gala event and a full-page ad in accompanying tribute journal