10/07/03 14:30:13 GOVERNOR DAVIS NAMES MEMBER TO THE CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE ON HOLOCAUST, GENOCIDE, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND TOLERANCE EDUCATION 10/07/2003
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
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GOVERNOR DAVIS NAMES MEMBER TO THE CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE ON HOLOCAUST, GENOCIDE, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND TOLERANCE EDUCATION 10/07/2003 SACRAMENTO
Governor Gray Davis today announced the appointment of Jona Goldrich as a member of the California Task Force on Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights, and Tolerance Education.
Mr. Goldrich, 76, of Beverly Hills, has been a member of the California Holocaust Era Insurance Claims Oversight Committee since his appointment by Governor Davis in April 2000. He has also been a Partner of Goldrich and Kest Industries, a real estate development firm, since 1957. Born in Lvov, Poland, Mr. Goldrich was smuggled out of Europe with one of his brothers in 1942, where he was sent to live in a refugee camp in pre-Israel Palestine. He served as a mechanical engineer in the Israeli Navy and the Merchant Marines, and participated in the military action (1947 and 1948) that ensured the creation of the new State of Israel. He immigrated to the United States in 1953.
Mr. Goldrich has been involved in aiding the Israeli educational institutions of Ben Gurion University, Bar-Llan University, and Tel Aviv University. He has received many commendations, including the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award, the American Jewish Congress Civic Achievement Award, and the Ben Gurion University Award of the Israel Task Force of Israel Bonds, among others. Mr Goldrich has served as a member of Guardians of Jewish Homes for the Aging, a leadership committee of the United Jewish Welfare Fund, and was President of the Western Region of American Friends of Tel Aviv University. In addition, Mr. Goldrich has been a member of the California Housing Council, the Governmental Affairs Council and the Los Angeles Police Crime Prevention Advisory Council.
The California Task Force on Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance Education advises the Governor and Legislature on strategies to improve Holocaust and genocide, human rights, and tolerance education in the state. This Task Force identifies all programs in the State that trains teachers in Holocaust and/or genocide studies. It is responsible for identifying strategies for improving access to Holocaust, genocide, and tolerance education materials and information. The Task Force also promotes the implementation of Holocaust and genocide, human rights, and tolerance education and secures private ongoing funding for the task force. In addition, this body submits an annual report to the Legislature on the progress and status of the Task Force. Members do not receive a salary. This position does not require Senate confirmation.