Marc Silberberg Elected Chairman of HIAS

Posted on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 15:59 pm

(New York, NY) –  Marc Silberberg, of New York City, recently was elected Chairman of the Board of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, at a board meeting held at Ellis Island. The meeting was held at the national monument dedicated to the history of American immigration to honor the organization’s nearly 130-year history and the importance of HIAS' role in helping refugees and immigrants in the United States and elsewhere.

Upon becoming HIAS’ Chairman, Silberberg said:

“As we approach HIAS’ 130th anniversary, we realize that the role HIAS plays today is no less important than at its founding in 1881. There are still Jewish communities at risk in the world, and we are closely monitoring them and stand ready to help them, if needed. At the same time, there are also other refugees who have been displaced and dispossessed in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe who need and deserve our expert help. We are proud to be partners with the U.S. government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the American Jewish community in the important work we do rescuing and resettling victims of war and conflict.

“Additionally, we are at a critical legislative juncture in this country regarding our immigration system. HIAS will continue to work closely with other faith-based organizations in advancing just and compassionate immigration laws until we achieve comprehensive immigration reform.”

Marc Silberberg, a senior partner in the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, specializes in the taxation of mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings and serves on the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the September 11th Families Association, which operates the Tribute WTC Visitor Center at the World Trade Center site.

Mr. Silberberg is a graduate of Northwestern University and the New York University School of Law. He and his wife, Barbara Julius, live in Manhattan, and they have two children.

At the board meeting, Michael B. Rukin, of Boston, MA, was honored for his three years of service as HIAS’ Chair (2007-2010). In addition, a slate of officers was elected including Vice Chairs Robert D. Aaronson (Minneapolis, MN), Eugenia Brin (Hyattsville, MD), Suzette Brooks Masters (New York, NY), Dale Schwartz (Atlanta, GA), and Robert S. Whitehill (Pittsburgh, PA); Secretary: W. Stewart Cahn (New York, NY); and Treasurer: Sanford Mozes (Philadelphia, PA).