Welcome to the Next Generations Group, Portland, OR

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Welcome to the Next Generations Group, founded in 2011, and dedicated to serving Portland, OR area (and now the world thanks to Zoom) members who are descendants of/and Holocaust survivors, child survivors, immigrants and refugees, and in addtion, friends in the community who want to help keep the personal histories and lessons alive and relevant. 


Members have a voice: to share with each other and within the community.
To empower future generations to keep the personal histories and lessons of the Holocaust alive and relevant.

Important values:

Honor Holocaust survivors, refugees, heroes, supporters
Support relevant organizations and groups
Create camaraderie
Create community outreach and connections
Promote understanding and positive action

Member benefits: 

A space for personal growth, learning, and develop and share personal histories

Shared leadership: Opportunities to plan and facilitate get-togethers

Opt-in to the Next Gen social email list to receive relevant info and event announcements.

And more….

Social, educational, and activities that support our vision and values:

Assist members to develop their personal history story

Hold monthly get-togethers on topics that promote personal growth, friendship, and learning

Nurture leadership within the group to plan and implement activities

Connect members to arts and culture events and volunteer opportunities

Communicate, partner, and support other relevant organizations and their programs

Guiding objectives:

  • Support and nurture members to develop and present their family stories.
  • Support the spin off 3g group, 3GNorthwest.
  • Continue to keep stories alive and relevant at NGG get-togethers and for the community; and to collaborate with relevant groups and organizations.
About: Next Generations Group, an all volunteer group formed in 2011, is comprised of descendants of/and Holocaust survivors, Jewish refugees, war heroes, and community supporters — anyone impacted by the Holocaust who wants to keep the personal histories and lessons alive and relevant for today’s world. The group meets for social, educational, and service projects. Find us on the web at nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com and on Facebook “Next Generations Group.”
We would like to thank all our members, volunteer presenters, and the following organizations for their help and assistance with our programs over the years:
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Jewish Family & Child Service
Congregation Beth Israel 
         Havurah Shalom
         Eastside Jewish Commons

Next Generations Group Executive Committee: Naomi Derner, Estelle Golden, Richard Lazere, Diana Lindemann, Debbi Montrose, Deb Mrowka, Sue Wendel.

Do explore the pages of this is site to learn about what we do  For related news and announcements please visit us on Facebook at Next Generations Group.


To donate to the Next Generations Group: Online, snail mail, or over the phone:

There is no membership fee for NGG and all of our educational and social programs are volunteer, passion driven and free. Coordinators, get-together speakers, event facilitators, and helpers all operate on a  100% volunteer basis. As a group we like to make donations to other related organizations and causes as well.

To make a much appreciated donation to the Next Generations Group Fund, that supports our mission-related activities, please click here (https://www.ojmche.org/product/next-generations-group-fund/ ). You can also mail a check to OJMCHE, 724 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209 — in memo line please designate Next Generations Group Fund;  or or call OJMCHE 503.226.3600 to make a gift to NGG over the phone and designate to NGG. Thank you!

For more information, or to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the email list for Next Generations Group monthly email announcements, please contact Diana Lindemann, Next Generations Group co-coordinator, at Diana2504@msn.com, or call 503-312-2530. Our website is nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com. Find us on Facebook at “Next Generations Group.”

Next Gen Topic contacts:

Social group email list — To receive occasional email program invites presented by other organizations, please email Nurit at arton.kahana@gmail.com to be put on the Next Gen social group list. Once you are on the group list, you can send relevant info to the group as well.

Survivor liaison — Next Generations Group includes Holocaust survivors and refugees too. Please contact our survivor liaison Debbi Montrose at debbirm@aol.com.

Reparations: to learn about reparations for survivors, refugees, child survivors, even in some cases a 2g, please contact contact Jewish Family & Child Service.

Calling all 3gs! — If you are a 3g and want more information about the new group 3GNorthwest, please contact Naomi Derner at 3GNorthwest@gmail.com

If you are interested in starting a 2nd Generation Discussion/Support Group please contact Diana2504@msn.com, or call Diana at 503-312-2530. Jewish Family and Child Service offers counseling services. Contact Missy Fry at MissyFry@jfcs-portland.org for more information. 

Are you interested in sharing your Portland-area immigrant family story? Please contact Linda Kelley genportland972@gmail.com, Jewish Genealogy Society of Oregon  about submitting a 1-page history to KehilaLinks. She is the volunteer local manager for the JewishGen website (https://www.jewishgen.org/)that houses this international Jewish community history page  (https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/).

Do you have a family story to share, or want to develop? We are here to help! Contact Sue Wendel, NGG co-coordinator at suemwendel@gmail.com.

We support our member’s interests through social, educational and volunteer projects; we support  3GNorthwest, the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, the OJMCHE Speakers Bureau, the JGSO  KehilaLinks project, Holocaust education in Oregon, and more.  


3/20/20 Wise pandemic words from member Rosalyn Kliot:

I admit to being an optimist but also a realist. This is a golden opportunity to discover yourself, to go inward, and find the great companion and friend to yourself…… you. Re-discover your childhood passions……. they are still within you. If you don’t play music or do art, then listen to music and look at art. These simple acts have almost the same positive effects on the brain.

Exercise, meditate, read, connect with friends and family in healthful ways, eat well……. and take good care of your mental state. Stress and anxiety lower resistance, and impact the immune system. Nothing lasts forever……. keeping a joyful attitude will get us through this crazy time somewhat less scathed. We are resilient.

Attitude is everything. And if you are seeking a few excellent films, check out ‘A Bag of Marbles’, and the making of Fiddler on the Roof, both on Kanopy.
Stay well.

11 thoughts on “Welcome to the Next Generations Group, Portland, OR

  1. diana

    I really like this website

    1. Many thanks to Sue, Diana, Debbie, and Lynn for your help in making this event, our first in-person gathering in almost two years, a success; and thanks to all who attended to share this beautiful day in my garden. A special thanks to David for your heartfelt poetry and Amy for your stirring music.

      1. Thank you Rosalyn. Your garden yard was the perfect setting!

  2. Thank you for posting the information!

    1. Sue Wendel

      You are so very welcome!

  3. Diana

    Thank you Tanya for an informative presentation. I love your in depth research and your reasoning for why the family stayed so long in Germany. Wow. I was very impressed with the information you had collected, such details!!
    You did alot of work on this project. Good Job!!

  4. Tanya

    End-Of-Year-Accolades to Diana and Sue for all the time and energy they expend keeping the Next Generations Group viable, educational and enjoyable!! – a truly colossal accomplishment!!

    1. Thank you Tanya. Couldn’t do it without your enthusiasm, participation, and support!

  5. Richard Lazere

    I miss our monthly meetings. I hope that everyone is well and staying optimistic. We will beat this virus thing!!
    Richard Lazere

    1. Thank you Richard. I miss them too! and I also hope everyone is well.

    2. Linda Detmers

      I do too! Hopefully we’ll start soon!

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