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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release November 5, 1997
              PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES FOUR MEMBERS TO THE 
                  COMMISSION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF 
                      AMERICA'S HERITAGE ABROAD

The President today announced his intent to appoint Mandell Ganchrow, Gary Lavine, Joseph Halfon, and Menno Ratzker as Members to the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.

Mandell Ganchrow, of New York, New York, is a retired surgeon, a former clinical associate professor of surgery, and is currently President of the Orthodox Union. Dr. Ganchrow is a member of the Boards of Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary and Touro Women's College, and a member of the executive board of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University.

Gary J. Lavine, of Fayetteville, New York, is Senior Vice President of Legal and Corporate Relations at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation in Syracuse, New York. He is a past member of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. Mr. Lavine received a B.S. and a J.D. from Syracuse University.

Joseph Halfon, of Spring Valley, New York, has been a principal at the Joseph Halfon Realty Company since 1976. Mr. Halfon is a past Member of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. In 1996, Mr. Halfon was appointed as a Hearing Officer for the Ninth and the Third Judicial Districts for the State of New York.

Menno Ratzker, of Monsey, New York, is President of Metallia U.S.A., LLC, a company active in the international trading of steel and related materials. Mr. Ratzker is also the Chairman of the International Board of Governors and President of the American Committee of Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

The purpose of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad is to identify and publish a list of those cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings located abroad which are associated with the foreign heritage of U.S. citizens from eastern and central Europe. The Commission encourages the preservation of such cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings by gaining assurances of protection, in cooperation with the Department of State, from foreign governments.

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