Amy Israel Pregulman serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of KAVOD. Amy runs all aspects of KAVOD and has been spearheading The KAVOD SHEF Initiative.
Prior to KAVOD, Amy was the Director of Cultural Arts at the Memphis Jewish Community Center (MJCC) where she developed the Cultural Arts Department. Under her leadership, she developed and implemented the Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival; the International Jewish Film Festival; the first Health and Wellness Expo; and established and branded the patrons of the Arts Program. Amy was also the curator for the Shainberg Gallery as well as developed the Campus for Holistic Learning. Prior to the MJCC, Amy was the Director of Community Engagement at Opera Memphis. Amy completed her Masters in Strategic Planning and Leadership with a certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Memphis in 2017. Amy is a native Memphian and has two boys ages 25 and 22.
John Pregulman is the President and Co-Founder of KAVOD, a national organization supporting Holocaust survivors in need, which he founded with his wife, Amy. The Holocaust Legacy Photography Project, for which he has met and taken over 1224 photos of Holocaust Survivors across the world, led Amy and John to create KAVOD. As a former professional photographer in New York City in the 1980’s, John found his passion for taking photographs of survivors and has been doing so since 2012. John has taken photographs in the US, Japan, Poland, Israel and Czech Republic. There is no commercial aspect to this project; he simply gives the photos to the Survivors and their families in an effort to honor and preserve their legacy. He continues to tour the country taking photographs, as well as raising money for KAVOD, and would welcome inquiries from anyone who knows of Survivors who would like to have their photos taken
After his time in New York, he returned to Chattanooga to join the family steel business, Siskin Steel and Supply Company. The company was sold in 1996, and John was named President/COO until leaving the company in 2005. He is currently the managing partner of Robmer Partners, a real estate company he created with his father. Mr. Pregulman also serves his family by heading the family office as the Chief Investment Officer as well as a Consultant for Steel Companies across North America. John has four children ranging in ages from 32 to 15.
In this time of COVID when John can not visit with Holocaust Survivors across the country, he is connecting students from different schools to create pen-pals with Survivors and students to help offset the isolation that has been increased due to the pandemic. If you have students in your community that would like to create a pen-pal program, reach out to John by email.