May 5, 2019
Jewish Community Campus
5801 West 115th Street
Overland Park, Kansas
This event is free and open to the public.
The community is invited to attend this year’s service, commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the 56th anniversary of the dedication of Kansas City’s Memorial to the Six Million. Diane Azorsky, daughter of Holocaust survivor Ernest D. Mayer, will chair the program, which will feature the traditional lighting of six candles in memory of the six million Jewish victims.This year’s featured speaker is MCHE’s executive director, Jean Zeldin, who will describe changes to Holocaust remembrance and education over the past 25 years.
Diane Mayer Azorsky is a life-long resident of Kansas City. She is the daughter of Golda and Ernest Mayer.
Diane graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Business Administration and has pursued a professional career as a non-profit executive for a variety of organizations predominantly in the Jewish community. She was Resettlement Coordinator at Jewish Family & Children Services in the early 1990’s and Campaign Associate and Women’s Division Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City. Her longest tenure was at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City where she held a variety of positions over the course of 17 years. She retired from the Foundation in 2013 as Associate Executive Director after creating and leading the Bushman Community Endowment program, a community-wide planned giving and endowment building initiative, which has gleaned an estimated $30 million in future permanent endowments for the benefit of the Kansas City Jewish community. Currently Diane serves as a Trustee of the Menorah Legacy Foundation and as Vice Chair of Leadership Development for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. In addition, she is currently campaign consultant for the $10 million capital campaign for the impending expansion of the Jewish Community Center’s family recreation complex.
Diane and her family are members of Congregation Beth Shalom and The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. She and her husband Steve have 2 children, Josh, age 24 and Rose, age 21.