BJPC Staff

staff-fishEmil Fish
Founder and President

Emil Fish, who was born in Bardejov, Slovakia, is a Holocaust survivor. He was sent with his mother and sister to Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp, where he was liberated in 1945. They later reunited with his father. The family immigrated to Canada and arrived in Los Angeles in 1955. Mr. Fish founded the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee in 2006.

Mr. Fish, who has an Engineering degree from USC, is the president of Fish Construction Co., Inc. and Regency Park Senior Living, Inc. He has served as president of several Jewish organizations in Los Angeles. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad (

staff-stieglitzOrit Stieglitz
Executive Director

Born and raised in Israel, Orit Stieglitz holds a Master’s degree and a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She joined the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee in 2011 and serves as the organization’s executive director since 2012.

Before joining the BJPC she was a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at California State University Northridge (CSUN) and at UCLA.

Laura Gutiérrez
Administrative Assistant and
Graphic Designer

Born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, Laura Gutiérrez graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013 with a BFA in Graphic Design. Soon after, she relocated to Pasadena and began working for the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee.

In addition to performing various administrative duties for the organization, Laura is also in charge of producing our design materials such as brochures, newsletters, and posters. She assisted with the production of the Memorial Book of Jewish Bardejov and is currently involved with our new book publication.

staff-lindaAnna Humbert
Director of Operations

Ms. Anna Humbert joined Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee in 2018 as our Director of Operations in Bardejov.

Anna was born and raised in the Bardejov region and returned after spending more than 10 Years living abroad. She is in charge of the organization’s activities in Bardejov and Slovakia including communication with local citizens and public officials, PR and events.

staff-sarahSarah Piehl
Sponsorship Director

Sarah Piehl, native Californian, is a marketing professional with more than 25 years experience. She has been instrumental in many successful sponsorship campaigns. She has an extensive background with companies such as Marden Kane, Haley Miranda and Epic Records, as well as non-profit organizations such as the Foundation for Camp Max Straus and Jewish Big Brothers. In addition to publishing custom promotional books she also produced thousands of tribute journals for nonprofit organizations.
In 2007 Sarah was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for establishing the first Out of The Darkness Walk in Southern California for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

staff-solarGiora Solar
Principal Architect,
Bardejov Holocaust Memorial

Giora Solar was born in Presov, Slovakia. His mother, Edit Atlas, is from Raslavice — a village near Bardejov.

Mr. Solar, the principal architect and designer for the Bardejov Holocaust Memorial, is a world-renowned preservation architect. In 2000, he evaluated UNESCO’s World Heritage nominations and recommended the inclusion of the Bardejov Jewish Suburbia. His private architectural firm, Solar Architects, is based in Israel.

BJPC Associates in Bardejov, Slovakia

Peter Hudák

Peter Hudák

Pavol Hudák

Pavol Hudák

Pavol and Peter Hudák, a father-son team, research the Jewish history of Bardejov and collaborate with BJPC’s efforts to preserve and restore the Jewish heritage of Bardejov.

Pavol Hudák was a practicing engineer until his interest in historical research and particularly the history of Jewish Bardejov became his primary occupation. He spends many hours in local archives retrieving information about Bardejov’s Jewish community beginning in the 1700s.

Peter Hudák received his PhD in history from the university of Nitra, Slovakia. His dissertation research focuses on Bardejov’s Jewish community from 1918 to 1989.

Pavol and Peter correspond with and have met descendants of Bardejov’s Jewish community. They continue to meet with “Bardejovers” who visit their family’s homeland.