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Rabbi Meyer H. May

RABBI MEYER H. MAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER & MUSEUMS OF TOLERANCE

Rabbi Meyer H. May is the Executive Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museums of Tolerance, having joined the Center in the fall of 1978, its second year.
 
As Executive Director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi May has traveled throughout the world meeting with heads of state and leading government officials, as well as some of the most prominent corporate leaders and philanthropists of our time.

As the chief development officer of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi May and his team have raised well over $500 million in support of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its multi-faceted divisions. Specifically, Rabbi May directs the Center’s capital expansion campaigns and its annual $30 million international fund-raising campaigns. He is currently guiding the $100 million capital campaign to build the Center for Human Dignity: Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem.

Rabbi May also supervises the Center’s regional offices and all Simon Wiesenthal Center special events, coordinates major gift fund-raising with the Center’s membership development and telemarketing campaigns, and oversees its highly successful planned giving program. Rabbi May also heads the Center’s legislative effort, which to-date, has resulted in more than $100 million in Federal, State and City appropriations to the Center and its Museums of Tolerance. He is currently focusing on the Center’s long-term endowment and on further capitalizing the Center’s Academy-Award® winning Moriah Films media division.

Rabbi May is past-President of the Rabbinical Council of California and serves on a number of non-profit boards; among them Artscroll’s Mesorah Heritage Foundation, Bnos Devorah High School, and the Canadian and United Kingdom Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Raised on the East Coast, Rabbi May graduated in 1976 from Nova University with an M.S. in guidance and counseling. He was ordained in New York in 1977 by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. In the Spring of 1978, Rabbi May received his Officer’s Commission and served his country as a U.S. Army Chaplain (Reserves).

Rabbi May is married to the former Shulamith Filler, Founder and Dean of Bnos Devorah High School in Los Angeles; and together they have seven married children and thirty terrific (and spoiled) grandchildren.

Link to profile of Rabbi May in Lifestyles, Spring 2009