WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announced his intention to nominate the following individuals to fill key positions:
- Mohamed Hag Magid, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
- Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali, Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
- Michael Lozman, Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
- Roselyne Chroman Swig, Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
- Lesley Weiss, Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission established by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF uses international standards to monitor religious freedom violations around the world and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF commissioners are appointed by the President and Congressional leaders of both political parties.
Mohamed Hag Magid, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Imam Mohamed Magid is the executive religious director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Virginia. He is president of the International Interfaith Peace Corps and past president of the Islamic Society of North America. He serves on the advisory board of the Peaceful Families Project and as co-chair of Religions for Peace. Magid is also the co-founder of the Multifaith Neighborhood Network, which focuses on building bridges between Muslim, Evangelical Christian and Jewish communities.
Its main objectives are the promotion of religious freedom, the prevention of violence against women and the prevention of violence and hatred in our societies. Magid works with the United Nations Development Program in training imams to address violence and extremism against religious minorities in East and West Africa.
United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
The American Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad was established in 1985 to ensure that sites important to populations affected by Nazism, Communism, and the Cold War would be preserved for future generations. The Commission’s mission is to identify, protect, and preserve cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Central and Eastern Europe associated with American heritage. The book recognizes that the population of the United States is overwhelmingly made up of immigrants and their descendants, and that the United States has an interest in preserving sites in other countries related to the heritage of these Americans.
Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali, Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
Elizabeth (Liz) Hirsh Naftali runs and owns a commercial real estate company in the fashion district of Los Angeles. She has served on the board of directors of the Oakwood School in North Hollywood since 2002 and served as its president from 2012 to 2015. She also currently serves on the board of directors of IKAR Shul in Los Angeles and the RAND Corporation Center for Middle East Public Policy.
In 2007, Hirsh Naftali developed BIG Giving, a philanthropic arm of the company she co-founded, BIG Shopping Centers, which primarily supports educational, developmental, and coexistence programs for Jewish and Arab children across Israel. She remains active in her philanthropy in Israel working with the Tel Aviv Foundation and the Babylonian Jewry Museum. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, Hirsh Naftali launched the Make More Masks campaign, producing and distributing over 100,000 masks to keep the most vulnerable people in our communities safe.
Michael Lozman, Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
Dr. Michael Lozman is a practicing orthodontist in Latham, New York. He has taught in the Graduate Department of Orthodontics at New York University School of Dentistry and has held numerous professional leadership positions, including serving on the Board of Governors of the New York State Dental Society and as President of the New York State Society of Orthodontics.
In 2001, Lozman founded an organization to bring students to Eastern Europe to restore Jewish cemeteries that were destroyed during the Nazi era. To date, the organization has completed the restoration of fifteen Jewish cemeteries, ten in Belarus and five in Lithuania. Lozman also founded the Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial, Inc. and is working to develop a Holocaust memorial in New York’s capital. Lozman has lectured in several countries and has been noted for his educational activities on the Holocaust.
Roselyne Chroman Swig, Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
Roselyne Chroman Swig is Founder and President of ComCon International, as well as Founder of Roselyne C. Swig Artsource. She was appointed Director of the United States Department of Art’s Embassy Program by President Clinton. Swig has dedicated decades to philanthropic and community service efforts at local, national and global levels with a focus on women’s empowerment, social welfare, fine arts, political advocacy and education. She is the founder of the advocacy group Partners Ending Domestic Abuse and a founder and member of the Bayview Alliance.
Swig is National Vice President Emeritus of AIPAC, Lifetime Trustee of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Trustee Emeritus of Mills College. She was president and trustee emeritus of the SF Art Institute, president of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, president of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, president emeritus of the Jewish Community Federation of SF Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, president of the SF Arts Commission . , and Co-Chair of the National Gallery of Art Collectors Committee, among others.
Lesley Weiss, Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad
Lesley Weiss is deputy director of the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry. In this role, she coordinates democratic initiatives, community education and outreach efforts, and promotes advocacy on behalf of Jewish communities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She monitors respect by governments in the region in the areas of religious and cultural rights and works closely with governments and Jewish communities on the restitution and preservation of Jewish communal property, the fight against anti-Semitism and awareness raising. to the Holocaust. Weiss represents the National Coalition in Support of Eurasian Jewry at meetings of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and many other international conferences across Europe, Central Asia and Israel on the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and international religious freedom.
Weiss is also a member of the American delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. In 2013, President Obama named Weiss chair of the American Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad, where she served until 2017.