Maine Jewish Museum creates Maine Jewish Hall of Fame

Media Alert
For Immediate Release

Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101

Maine Jewish Museum creates Maine Jewish Hall of Fame.
16 Inaugural inductees to be enshrined in a ceremony at 3 pm on October 7, 2018.

The Maine Jewish Hall of Fame was created in 2018 to bestow recognition on outstanding Jewish leaders from throughout the state who have brought distinction and honor to the State of Maine or beyond. Those who were elected into this Inaugural Class by the Nominating Committee reflect the Jewish value of making the world a better place through outstanding accomplishments and/or humanitarian and philanthropic endeavors. Inductees include leaders in the fields of medicine, law, business, philanthropy, politics and life.

The inaugural class includes the following individuals or couples or families: Joel and Linda Abromson, the Adelman family (including Hiram and Katherine, Milton and Gloria, Yale and Mary and Jack and Elizabeth Mazer) , Dorothy and Harold Alfond, The Bernstein Family
( including Isreal and Rebecca, Selma and Louis, and Sumner and Rosalyne), Judge Morton Brody, Samuel L. Cohen, Al Glickman and Judy Glickman Lauder, Gerda Schild Haas, Philip Lown, Judith Magyar and Irving Isaacson, The Minsky Family( Including Meyer and Bess, Leonard and Renee and Norman), Harold and Millie Nelson, The Osher Family (including Harold and Peggy, Bernard and Barbro, Alfred and Suzi, and Herbert and Marion Sandler), Roxanne Quimby, and Jack Spiegel.

The Maine Jewish Museum will induct a new class into the Hall of Fame on an annual basis, and invites the entire community to attend this year’s inaugural event on October 7th at the Maine Jewish Museum.

Tickets are available by going to our website,
or by emailing Event Coordinator Karen Belton at

Contact: Steven Brinn (207) 712-8237

Maine Jewish Museum Hires Executive Director

For Immediate Release

August 17, 2018


Rabbi Gary Berenson, Maine Jewish Museum

(207) 329-9854


Maine Jewish Museum Hires Executive Director

Gary Barron has three decades of experience in fundraising, marketing and community outreach

Portland, Maine (August 17, 2018) – Gary A. Barron, of Windham, has been named Executive Director of the Maine Jewish Museum. The mission of the Maine Jewish Museum is to honor the contributions and diversity of Maine’s Jewish immigrants in the context of the American experience. Through exhibits and programming, the Museum seeks to build bridges of appreciation and understanding with people of all backgrounds. Barron comes from Bowdoin Management in Plantation, Florida, where he was the Managing Director.

“On behalf of the Portland-based Maine Jewish Museum, Board, staff and volunteers, I am delighted to announce that Gary Barron has joined our leadership team as Executive Director,” said Steve Brinn, Museum President and Board Chair. “Gary comes with an extensive background in not-for-profits and development. We all look forward to having Gary lead the Museum into an exciting future as we continue building support around the State of Maine and the nation.


Over the past three decades, Barron has held various positions that focused greatly on fundraising, marketing and community outreach. Previously, Barron worked in the White House under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. Additional leadership roles have included appointments by President Clinton to the Board of the US Holocaust Memorial Council, which oversees the governance and operations of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Additionally, he was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S Senate to the Managing Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. 

Barron’s executive experience has been deep and broad uniquely serving in senior appointed positions on both sides of the political aisle including four years as Director of the Freedom of Information Office of the National Security Council at the White House under both Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. He also was appointed and served as Deputy Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC., responsible for designing and overseeing major-donor activities of the national party.

Barron also served as National Political Outreach Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for coordinating bipartisan outreach activities for the organization’s national membership and Board of Directors.

 “I am thrilled to join in the important work of the Maine Jewish Museum” said Barron. “It is heartwarming to see the look of discovery on the faces of all who come and see our exhibits and learn of Jewish heritage in Maine. I am excited to be working with our amazing staff, incredible volunteers and the Museum Board to build upon our exciting story of life in Maine.”

The Maine Jewish Museum relies on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. For more information about the Maine Jewish Museum, visit (207) 329-9854.

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