Howard J. Butnick, a prominent real estate executive and the son of two Holocaust survivors, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, after serving for many years on its Board of Overseers.
Howard, who holds a B.A. and an MBA from New York University, has long been active in Jewish communal affairs.  He was one of the founders of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and served as the organization’s treasurer.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, a former vice president of Temple Israel of Great Neck, and he was a founding board member of the Hampton Synagogue.  He is also a past president of the Queens Tourism Council.
Howard and his brother Joel have always been deeply influenced by the philanthropic example set for them by their late parents, Milton and Dora Butnick, survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp who were leaders of the American Gathering and the World Federation of Bergen-Belsen Associations.  Holocaust remembrance was always an important part of Howard’s upbringing, and as a teenager he accompanied his parents to Holocaust commemorations and survivor gatherings in the United States and Israel.  Nine years ago, Howard and his family planted a tree in his parents’ memory in the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Garden of Stones.  This garden, Howard says, has a very special place in his heart and is his favorite place in the Museum, where he can see for himself that the memory of Milton and Dora will always live on.
Howard and his wife Elyse live in Old Westbury, Long Island, and are the parents of Stephanie, a writer and editor at Tablet.com, and Francesca, an attorney with the law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP.