Staff & Board

Remember Us Board of Advisors

Eva Brettler, Co-President
Michele Rodri, Co-President
Rochel Blachman, Treasurer
Helen Jacobs-Lepor, Secretary

Eva Suissa, Teen Board President

Sara Aftergood
Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D.
Rabbi Sarah Bassin
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Lidia Budgor
Sophie Dornstreich
Cece Feiler
Lya Frank
Edith Frankie
Natalie Gold
Armin Goldstein
Rabbi Judy Greenfeld
Marie Kaufman
Sharon Haims
David Lenga
Debra Levine
Serena Levy
Rabbi Stan Levy
Rabbi Ron Li-Paz
Sarah Moskovitz
Molly Schaffer
Mariel Seta
Sheryl Sokoloff
Rabbi Boruch Sufrin
Dr. Steven Teitelbaum
Ashley Waterman
Rabbi David Wolpe
Amy Ziering
Harry Zimmerman

Gesher Calmenson, Founder

Remember Us Staff

Samara Hutman, Director
Cheri Gaulke, Righteous Conversations Artistic Director
Leslie Heinz, Fulfillment and Design
Sophie Dornstreich, Director of Outreach
Natan Freller, Outreach, South America


  • Samara Hutman

    Samara Hutman is Director of Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project and The Righteous Conversations Project. Her work in Holocaust remembrance and education began when her daughter Rebecca participated in the Remember Us Bnai Mitzvah Project, honoring the memory of Victoria Farhi, z”l, a young girl from Paris who was killed in Auschwitz at the age of 13. This experience led to Samara’s leadership role as the Executive Director of Remember Us, which eventually led to the creation of the Righteous Conversations Project, a collaborative venture of educators, scholars, artists and filmmakers working with teens and Survivors. In the last seven years, Samara has pioneered projects, partnerships and programs that have influenced and shaped the landscape of Holocaust Remembrance and Education in Los Angeles and in communities national and international. These programs have all grown from the core understanding that all work during this precious time in Holocaust History must emanate from dialogue with Survivors and conversations with teens, artists, community leaders and educators, inspired to hear and retell the narratives shared by Survivors.

    Sam invites all who feel connected to the work of Holocaust remembrance and wish to help support teens in speaking up about injustice to join us in this work.

  • Cheri Gaulke, Righteous Conversations Artistic Director

    Artistic Director Cheri Gaulke has mentored hundreds of successful video/film projects at Harvard-Westlake in her roles as a Video Art teacher and Visual Arts Department Head. Her socially-conscious work has shown at the MOMA (NY), MOCA (LA), and was recently featured in Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and a mid-career COLA (City of Los Angeles) fellowship. Cheri holds a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MA in Feminist Art/Education from Goddard College. For her, The Righteous Conversations Project is an opportunity to empower young people to use art to change the world.