Elly Kleinman is the Founder & President of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum (AAMM) & Kleinman Holocaust Education Center (KHEC), and is the driving force behind it.
In his professional life, he is the President & CEO of The Americare Companies, which provide a full-service range of healthcare services, including home healthcare and rehabilitation services, pharmacy and international nurse recruitment, encompassing professional, paraprofessional and ancillary support services. Since its founding over 35 years ago, Americare has been led by Mr. Kleinman to a leadership position in its field. It is currently rated by CMS, the federal agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid, as the highest ranking home health agency in New York, based on clinical indicators and outcomes.
Mr. Kleinman is a major philanthropic personality, whose generosity is accompanied by personal involvement in his charitable activities. He maintains extensive gemilus chessed involvements in virtually every aspect of Jewish communal life – from education and publications to social services, bikur cholim and Holocaust remembrance. In promoting the needs of Torah mosdos and community organizations, Mr. Kleinman works closely with elected officials on the local and national level, both here and abroad.
In May of 2011, Mr. Kleinman was appointed Chairman of the 12th Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi. In addition to supporting and serving on the board of numerous yeshivos and chessed organizations, Mr. Kleinman's harbotzas Torah efforts extend to actively promoting Daf Yomi study around the world. In fact, several years ago, he dedicated Agudath Israel of America's Daf Yomi Commission in memory of his father, Reb Avrohom Isaac Kleinman zichrono l'vrachah. He was a Holocaust survivor who was moser nefesh to help rebuild Torah in America after the war. "The fact that the Siyum is dedicated to the memory of the six million kedoshim has very special personal significance for me." observed Mr. Kleinman. "I only knew my grandparents and many of my uncles, aunts and other relatives who were killed al kiddush Hashem through stories that my parents and other surviving relatives shared with me. To a great extent, it was the emunah, bitachon, and many acts of heroism and sacrifice of the kedoshim that provided the yesod for the reestablishment of Torah Yiddishkeit to a degree that was unimaginable 70 years ago. "It is incredibly fitting that the Siyum – which bears testimony to the eternity of Torah and the Jewish people – is dedicated to their memory."
As the son of Holocaust survivors, and in his capacity as Founder & President of the AAMM/KHEC, Mr. Kleinman has been an important presence and contributor at Holocaust related events. He spoke and introduced the Novominsker Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, at a major gathering in Brooklyn, New York on November 10, 2009. Many school principals and educators attended, representing a broad spectrum of educational institutions. Their focus was on enabling students in Grades 7-12 to learn about the events of the Holocaust, and to learn lessons from it. He was a featured panelist at the 87th National Convention of Agudath Israel of America, on the theme, "Seventy Years Later: The Need to Keep Churban Europe (the Holocaust) Before the Eyes of Our Young." At that discussion, Mr. Kleinman introduced the AAMM/KHEC, describing it as a venue where a range of organizations and programs can join together to pool their resources and make them work in a comprehensive way. He has been a guest speaker at the Jewish Lawyers Guild annual Yom Hashoah Ceremony, where Amud Aish also had an extensive exhibit on display. Mr. Kleinman has spoken at a number of events related to Auschwitz/Birkenau and other European holocaust programs, and has spoken throughout the United States and Canada at numerous Holocaust functions.