Here are just some April happenings offered through various Portland organizations for your consideration: (There is no April Next Gen Get-together due to the many community events.)
— April 11 – Yom HaShoah Commemorative Service on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00pm at Congregation Beth Israel. Vol opp: OJMCHE would need a few people beginning at 6:30 to help with seating and programs and as always we love when you bring yellow flowers for the bimah. Email Heather at OJMCHE if interested to volunteer email@example.com
— April 12 – Unto Every Person There is a Name – The Day or Remembrance on Thursday, April 12th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square the Morrison Corner. There are one hour shifts beginning at 10:00am. Volunteers are welcome to take as many or as few shifts as they like. Folks would be helping pass out programs, answer questions and observe. Email Heather if interested firstname.lastname@example.org
— April 15 – Good Deeds Day.
From: Caron Blau Rothstein <email@example.com>, 503.245.6449.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has a wonderful community event that Caron plans: Good Deeds Day, happening April 15, and she would like to encourage NextGen folks to volunteer.
In fact, she says, there is a terrific project Kerry Goldring has put together for Café Europa participants along with many other worthy projects hosted at the MJCC or out in the community for folks to choose from. Register at http://community.jewishfederation.org/site/Calendar…
— April 17 – Remembrance Day Yom Hazikaron to the fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorist attacks. Next Gen Nurit Kahana is one of the organizers. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday April 17th 7 – 8 pm at the MJCC.
April 17 – Jewish Family and Child Service Luncheon, features writer, speaker, and Next Gen member Emily Wanderer Cohen. JFCS also has programs that serve the needs of Holocaust survivors. See: http://jfcs-portland.org/2018-luncheon/
— April 22 – OJMCHE’s Annual Fundraising Gala on Sunday, April 22nd beginning at 5:00pm at Mittleman Jewish Community Center. Heather has several opportunities throughout the evening beginning with greeting, closing the silent auction, assistance with seating for the meal and assisting any of our older members with the buffet. Thanks again for your help and if you have any questions give Heather a call or email. 503.226.3600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Recap: Next Generations Group Get-together Sat., March 24, 2018
A big thank you to Barbara Hershey and Debbie Korman from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon for sharing valuable information about how to do genealogy research at our Next Gen Group get-together on March 24. I want to share that I am getting very positive feedback from participants. In fact a couple of you made discoveries that very hour when we had time to do our own search. One person told me that she discovered the fate of a family member that her family had been searching for for years. It gave me a “heart-felt chill” to hear this.
Barbara mentioned that the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon is always looking for folks to help process data, help with their website, and invite you to one of their monthly meetings. The next one is April 15. They will talk about JewishGen website searching. Please contact Barbara for details email@example.com
About the speakers:
Debbie Korman has been researching her families since 1988. Her research focuses on Poland and the territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has included extensive research using Shoah records. She has been a volunteer contributor to numerous databases, has given many presentations on genealogy research, and has been active in Jewish Genealogy societies in Los Angeles and Portland. Her research has resulted in the discovering (and meeting) cousins all across Eastern Europe. One of her most satisfying accomplishments has been the reuniting of a family whose siblings were separated during the Shoah – one family now in Sweden and the other in Israel.
Barbara Hershey is the President and Program Chair of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon. She also serves on several committees of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and for Jewishgen.org for which she enjoys Skype meetings early in the morning or late at night with people from Israel, Europe, Canada, Australia and across the US. Professionally, Barbara was an early worker against domestic violence. She founded and was the Executive Director of a shelter in New Mexico. She worked as a program developer for Multnomah County specializing in anti-poverty and homeless families system development. She has a had a life-long interest in immigration history and people’s personal stories. Barbara enjoyed a fabulous ancestral trip to Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, and Iasi, Romania where her grandfather was born.
All the best, and for a Happy Passover,
Next Generations Group co-coordinator
FB: Next Generations Group
About: Next Generations Group, formed in 2011, is comprised of descendants of Holocaust survivors and refugees, and includes survivors, refugees and other supporters impacted by the Holocaust who want to keep the stories alive and relevant. The group meets In the Portland, OR area for social, educational and service projects. We are associated with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.
We thank OJMCHE and Congregation Beth Israel for their in-kind support.
Hi Next Generations Group,
From: Heather Brunner<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Subject: Need volunteers at the Gala?
To: Sue Wendel <email@example.com>
- Yom HaShoah Commemorative Service on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00pm at Congregation Beth Israel. We would need a few people beginning at 6:30 to help with seating and programs and as always we love when you bring yellow flowers for the bimah.
- Unto Every Person There is a Name – The Day or Remembrance on Thursday, April 12th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square the Morrison Corner. I have one hour shifts beginning at 10:00am. Volunteers are welcome to take as many or as few shifts as they like. Folks would be helping pass out programs, answer questions and observe.
- OJMCHE’s Annual Fundraising Gala on Sunday, April 22nd beginning at 5:00pm at Mittleman Jewish Community Center. I have several opportunities throughout the evening beginning with greeting, closing the silent auction, assistance with seating for the meal and assisting any of our older members with the buffet.
What: Next Gen Get-together, Panel Discussion with Dr. Lazere and Rabbi McAlmond
When: Sat. May 26
Where: Congregation Beth Israel, Schnitzer Family Center Semler Boardroom,
south side of NW Flanders between NW 19th & 20th.
(Complimentary parking in the lot on 19th & Flanders.)
Rabbi McAlmond and Dr. Lazere will begin the discussion with some remarks about historical roots and current expressions of antisemitism in today’s challenging world social climate. Then they will then open the floor for our questions and discussion about this difficult and important topic.
About Richard Lazere, Ph.D.:
Richard Lazere is a long-time and active member of the Next Generations Group. He graduated from the University of Iowa, earned an M.A. from Long Island University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Canada—all in psychology. Richard was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens and then Long Island, New York. He grew up in a home in which social justice was preached and practiced. Professionally, Richard’s career as a psychologist has included positions at OHSU, the Morrison Center, as a private practitioner, and as a psychology instructor at Portland State University and the University of Portland. Upon “retirement,” in 2001 he began teaching Psychology at PCC, which he continues to do presently.
About Rabbi Russel McAlmond:
Rabbi Russell McAlmond is Portland’s newest rabbi. He recently received his rabbinical training and ordination from the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute of New York in January 2017. “Becoming a rabbi was a later in life decision,” says Rabbi McAlmond, a long-term resident of Portland. He is a former business owner, U.S. Marine, and has an MBA and MSFS along with two bachelor degrees in business and organizational leadership. Rabbi McAlmond is a former member of Congregation Neveh Shalom and now a member of Kol Shalom.
As we look forward to 2018 get-togethers, events, and projects, we reflect on the past six years of speakers, films, books, discussions, community projects, friendships and more. Diana and I are grateful to all who have participated and volunteered in various activities — all which help to honor and preserve the people, their stories, and the lessons of the Holocaust. We thank Congregation Beth Israel, and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education for their in-kind support.
Next Gen Contacts –
1. Due to the many social action groups that exist, Richard Lazere will become our Next Gen Social Justice Liaison. If interested or have any announcements to share, please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. If you are interested to be on the Next Gen “social group” email list to be notified about movies, events, outings etc. of interest to go to together, please email Nurit Kahana at email@example.com
3. Debbi Montrose is our Next Generations Group Survivor, Jewish Family and Child Services, and OJMCHE liaison, as we are open to survivors at any of our events. If you are a survivor or refugee and would like to receive notices from Debbi directly, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you Debbi for taking on the important role.
From Jewish Family and Child Service: Ongoing. Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS) provides social services that improve the lives of adults, families, and children in the Jewish and general communities. For volunteer projects visit http://jfcs-portland.org/giving/volunteer/. To receive their monthly enews: http://jfcs-portland.org/