Head of U.S. Heritage Panel Updates Jewish Groups

BROOKLYN -

The chairwoman of a federal commission dedicated to preserving U.S. heritage sites overseas met with Jewish groups Wednesday to update them on efforts to protect Jewish cemeteries and historic buildings in Europe.

Lesley L. Weiss, chief of the United States Commission on America’s Heritage Abroad, in a meeting at Ohel’s offices on 16th Avenue in Boro Park, told the assembled activists and public officials that she was committed to preserving endangered heritage sites in Eastern Europe.

The Commission, which currently has bilateral agreements with 24 governments, also ensures equal treatment to cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings associated with the heritage of United States citizens.

The meeting was arranged by Rabbi Yitzchok Fleischer, a Commission member, together with Gary Schlesinger of Admas Kodesh, an organization that works to protect Jewish cemeteries worldwide. It was chaired by Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, director of the Rabbinical Alliance of America (Igud Horabbonim).