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Holocaust survivor, celebrity attorney & Houston power couple share the spotlight in emotional lunch

Holocaust survivor, celebrity attorney & power couple share spotlight

25 Ernie Manouse, left, and Alan Dershowitz at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Ernie Manouse, left, and Alan Dershowitz take the stage at the Westin Galleria Hotel for benefit luncheon. Photo by © Wilson Parish
14 David Mincberg, from left, Pearl Mincberg Monk, Edith Mincberg and Araceli Flores at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
David Mincberg, from left, Pearl Mincberg Monk, honoree Edith Mincberg and Araceli Flores. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Sue and Lester Smith, from left, with Jim McIngvale at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Sue and Lester Smith, left, with Jim McIngvale. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
23 David and Heidi Gerger at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
David and Heidi Gerger. Photo by © Wilson Parish
12 Martin Fein and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, with Daniel Fein at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Martin Fein and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, left, with Daniel Fein. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
24 Marc and AnnaLee Jacobs at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Marc and AnnaLee Jacobs. Photo by © Wilson Parish
11 Carmen and Butch Mach at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Carmen and Butch Mach. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
20 Michael and Carol Goldberg at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Michael and Carol Goldberg. Photo by © Wilson Parish
18 Al Green, left, and Glen Rosenbaum at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Rep. Al Green, left, and Glen Rosenbaum. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 Meir Monk and Pearl Mincberg Monk, from left, Edith and David Mincberg and Lainie Gordon at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Meir Monk and Pearl Mincberg Monk, from left, Holocaust survivor Edith Mincberg,  David Mincberg and Lainie Gordon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
7 Don and Sue Sue Aron, from left, and Ricki and Milton Frankfort at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Don and SueSue Aron, left, with Ricki and Milton Frankfort. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Rigo and Araceli Flores at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Rigo and Araceli Flores. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Bruce and Stephanie Newell at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Bruce and Stephanie Newell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5 Inna Wizig, from left, Gail Klein and Pearl Mincberg Monk at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Inna Wizig, from left, Gail Klein and Pearl Mincberg Monk. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 Mark Mucasey, left, and Alan Dershowitz at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
Mark Mucasey, left, and Alan Dershowitz. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
25 Ernie Manouse, left, and Alan Dershowitz at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
14 David Mincberg, from left, Pearl Mincberg Monk, Edith Mincberg and Araceli Flores at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
15 Sue and Lester Smith, from left, with Jim McIngvale at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
23 David and Heidi Gerger at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
12 Martin Fein and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, with Daniel Fein at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
24 Marc and AnnaLee Jacobs at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
11 Carmen and Butch Mach at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
20 Michael and Carol Goldberg at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
18 Al Green, left, and Glen Rosenbaum at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
1 Meir Monk and Pearl Mincberg Monk, from left, Edith and David Mincberg and Lainie Gordon at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
7 Don and Sue Sue Aron, from left, and Ricki and Milton Frankfort at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
3 Rigo and Araceli Flores at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
6 Bruce and Stephanie Newell at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
5 Inna Wizig, from left, Gail Klein and Pearl Mincberg Monk at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014
9 Mark Mucasey, left, and Alan Dershowitz at the Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon November 2014

The Holocaust Museum Houston's annual Guardian of the Human Spirit Award luncheon proved to be a bountiful event on many levels, not the least of which was raising $732,000 in support of the museum's educational programs.

As is tradition, the luncheon honored a Holocaust survivor. This year, Edith Sternlicht Mincberg, along with her late husband, Josef Minceberg, was honored. The sell-out audience of 1,100 listened with rapt attention as she spoke about the early years when she met her husband at a displaced persons camp, married and moved to Houston in 1949. She received a standing ovation when the award was presented. (So large was the attendance that 100 guests had to be seated in the ballroom foyer where guests viewed the proceedings on video screen.)

Icing on the cake of this sweetest of events was the conversation between Alan Dershowitz and Ernie Manouse. 

The Mincbergs were among founders of the museum and their support has lasted through the years. Sue and Lester Smith have been generous supporters of the museum for two decades and for that generosity and involvement they were presented the first Siegi Izakson Visionary Award for their contributions to the museum and the community. The award was a surprise to the Smiths as they had no idea of the honor until they were escorted to the stage.

Icing on the cake of this sweetest of events was the conversation between famed attorney, author and political commentator Alan Dershowitz and Ernie Manouse, senior producer and host for Houston Public Media. When Manouse called for an end to the interview, Dershowitz asked for a few more questions and the crowd burst into applause.

The luncheon was chaired by Lainie Gordon and David Mincberg and Araceli and Rigo Flores. Honorary chairs included the Houston-area survivors of the Holocaust, Michael Goldberg and Glen Rosenbaum. Serving as host committee chairs were Elaine and David Lavine