When Jay Ipson co-founder and Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum was unceremoniously removed from the board it caused a shock. The shock inspired a grass roots effort to keep Jay at the museum. Just as Style Weekly broke the news of his ouster now they bring us a new detailed look at why. The story from Style Weekly is basically of two strong individuals, Jay and Marcus M. Weinstein, the museum’s biggest donor, butting heads. (Full article here.)
About two years ago, Weinstein proposed honoring his mother, Minnie Roth Weinstein, on the arch above the door to the museum’s synagogue, which he had helped fund. Ipson objected, as he wanted the synagogue exterior to resemble one in Europe. But Weinstein prevailed, and since then has refused to speak to Ipson, Zwerdling says.
“Everything for Mr. Weinstein is about the golden rule: He who has the gold, rules,” Ipson says.
After the incident with the arch, Weinstein “systematically started trying to take over the museum and run things,” Zwerdling says.