Trump Appoints Chabad Rabbi to Holocaust Memorial Council

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January 29, 2020

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday his intent to appoint Rabbi Mendel Goldstein, acting director of Chabad of Poway in California, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

By COLlive reporter

Hours after unveiling his “Deal of the Century” between Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his appointment of 3 new members of the Board of Trustees of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Rabbi Mendel Goldstein, Director of Chabad of Poway in California, is the newest member of the council which was established by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in commemorating the Holocaust and to raise private funds for and build the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Trump made the decision back in May 2019 when he hosted Goldstein and his wounded father Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein following the anti-Semitic attack on Chabad of Poway on the final day of Pesach, a source told COLlive.com.

Trump hosted them in the Oval Office during the annual National Day of Prayer at the White House. Trump reportedly wanted the senior Goldstein but then commented that he wanted someone “younger” and offered it to Mendel Goldstein, a father of 4 young children.

The Council, which meets twice a year, consists of 55 members appointed by the president, as well as five members each from the Senate and House of Representatives and three ex-officio members from the Departments of Education, Interior, and State. Presidential appointments serve for a five-year term; 11 members’ terms expire each year.

The board of trustees of the museum is an independent establishment of the United States government operating as a public-private partnership that receives some federal funding to support operations of the Museum building.

In addition to Goldstein, Trump appointed Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and Curtis Darrow Robinson, owner and president of C&R Development Company in Connecticut and a philanthropist.

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