Kiwanis Club of Houston
November 16th Luncheon
This luncheon will be at Brennan's !!
Speaker: David A. Barish
David Barish, active in the Houston Jewish community, has served as President of the AJC Houston Chapter and Chair of the Houston AIPAC Council. He has also served on the boards of the Jewish Federation, ADL, Friends of the IDF, Congregation Emanu El, United Israel Appeal and many others. He has been Chair of Barish Shabbat Limmud since 2006 after his mother Shirley Barish z”l created Yom Limmud 30 years ago. His parents later endowed Yom Limmud for future generations. In memory of his mother, he created the Shirley Barish Educators Institute at the Federation that takes religious school and day school teachers to Israel for 10-day experiences. Along with his sister Jacquelyn Barish, he assisted his father in creating the Marvin Barish Right Start Program that assists Jewish families in early Jewish childhood education.
An avid supporter of Israel, Barish currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and is immediate Past-President of HonestReporting.com. In 2022, He and his wife Linda founded the Barish Center for Media Integrity at FDD.
David Barish is Chairman & CEO of Chair King Backyard Store and Fortunoff Backyard Store which as a group form the largest specialty retailer of outdoor furniture in the country currently with 51 stores in 6 states. He earned his PhD in Jewish History in Late Antiquity from Hebrew Union College in 1983. He is married to Linda Jayaram and has two children and two grandchildren.