Young Professional Committee












What are you doing today to make a difference tomorrow?


The Young Professional Committee is a group of young adults from across the Chicagoland area, dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center through fundraising and friend-raising programs in collaboration with the Development Department and Museum Board of Directors liaisons.

At Illinois Holocaust Museum, we honor the memory of all who were killed in the Holocaust by teaching universal lessons regarding human rights, hatred, and bigotry. The Museum inspires visitors to become Upstanders who speak out for what’s right, turning powerful lessons of history into positive actions today and a better future tomorrow. The Museum activates this mission through cutting-edge exhibitions and innovative public programming that bring scholars, activists and artists together with the community to discuss how to improve our world. As the second largest Holocaust museum in the country, designed by world-renowned architect Stanley Tigerman, we welcome and touch the lives of 150,000 individuals annually, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and courage to take a stand for humanity. We provide significant support to more than 650 schools across Illinois and throughout the Midwest, including Chicago Public Schools, suburban school districts, and parochial schools, helping them to engage students around the topics of values, civics, and responsible citizenship.

For more information on how to get involved with the Young Professional Committee, please email or call 847.967.4850.


2017 YPC Committee

Lauren Abrams Taylor Hausman-Fallows  Mitchell Schoeneman
Fara Alexander Jenny Herman Joey Shapiro
Ben Benfredj Alyson Kirkpatrick Alyssa Shlensky
Elana Berlin Galya Loeb Michael L. Smith
Corey Bregman Lindsey Lopatin  Rachel Stillman
Ryan Brown Michael Merar Dan Thalheimer
Ross Chaifetz Danielle Pearlman Ashley Vaughan
Melissa Cubert Jeff Pearlman Erica Weisz
Max Dayan Amanda Pearlstein Sam Weisz
Patricia Doyle Melanie Rein  

Committee Co-Chairs:

Michael Bregman

Carly Rehbock

*Committee in formation

Jarret Fisher Josh Romanek
Carly Gerber Mike Romanek
Karen Gluskin Rick Romanek
Jamie Greenebaum

Danielle Rubin

Membership Dues


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YPC Blog Post #3

July 27, 2016 | A Conversation Like Any Other: My Interaction With Pinchas Gutter 

Posted by Caroline| Student at University of Michigan & Young Professional Committee Member, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

With this new technology, the in-person conversation exists.
The impact of Pinchas’ story can reach beyond the places he has visited himself.

YPC Blog Post #2

June 23, 2016 | A Museum Professional Turned Activist

Posted by Patricia Doyle | Young Professional Committee Member, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

When I looked around the large Hyatt Regency Chicago dining room filled with close to 2,000 of Chicago’s foremost business, civic and community leaders, I felt a sense of pride that I was part of a community that is supporting an extremely relevant and important cause.

YPC Blog Post #1

May 31, 2016 | What It Means to be a ‘3G’

Posted by Michael Bregman | Young Professional Committee Co-Chair, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

The best way for me to ensure that my son grows up in a world where nothing even resembling the Holocaust is possible is to teach future generations to recognize bigotry and intolerance and to confront it.


View Photos of Past Young Professional Committee Events

Second Annual Race of Humanity 5K, May 2017 >
Young Professional Committee Presents: Eric Paslay Live, January 2017>

Inaugural Race for Humanity 5K & Kids 1K Fun Run, May 2016>
LOL with YPC, June 2015>




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