Timely Announcements

Next Generations Group Announcements & Items of Interest
Updated 8/14/17
For more up-to-date info see our Facebook page Next Generations Group

Hi Next Gen Group and Friends,

Saturday, August 26 – Next Gen Get-together Panel Discussion. Due to the success of our May Next Gen Get-together panel discussion with mental health professionals Richard Lazere and Aart Lovenstein, Next Gen members have requested to do these on a regular basis every three months. The next Next Gen Get-together is a panel discussion with Richard and Aart on Saturday, Aug. 26, 1 to 3 pm, Temple Beth Israel boardroom. We will talk about resilience in these trying times. Munch & Mingle 1 to 1:30. You are welcome to bring a snack to share. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to suemwendel@gmail.com. Thanks!

Items of interest:

August 3, 5-8pm, First Thursday—OJMCHE is free and open to the public as part of the city-wide First Thursday gallery walk. Next gen are welcome to volunteer as greeters. Contact Heather at OJMCHE.

Sun. Aug. 6 – Public tour of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial,,1pm-2pm—Please join OJMCHE for free public tours of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. While the Oregon Holocaust Memorial is open during all park hours, on the first Sundays of August 6, September 3, and October 1, knowledgeable OJMCHE docents will be on hand to give tours of the Memorial from 1-2pm. Many docents are Holocaust survivors, next gen, and family members with personal stories to share. April be leading the public tour of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial on Sunday, 8/6. Harold Lesch will be leading the tour in September.

Wed. Aug. 9 – Honoring Oregon Holocaust Survivors Les and Eva Aigner
OJMCHE Speakers’ Bureau members Les and Eva Aigner’s biographies will be read into the Congressional Record by Senator Ron Wyden on August 9, at 12:30pm, at Hazelbrook Middle School, 11300 SW Hazelbrook Road, Tualatin. Les and Eva, who are featured in the museum’s core exhibit The Holocaust, An Oregon Perspective, are among the first to have their stories read into the record as part of an effort by Senator Wyden to honor and preserve the memories and stories of Oregon survivors. You are warmly invited to join us on this very important occasion. The Speakers’ Bureau is comprised of Holocaust survivors, refugees and descendants who are trained to share their family stories with students and other groups.

Wed. Aug. 16 – 50+Walking Tour of Jewish Portland, 5:30—Happy Hour starts at 5:30pm, Lair Hill Bistro 2823 SW 1st Ave, $5 per person (covers your first drink and appetizers) and tour begins at 6:30pm. Are you 50 or older and curious as to what Jewish Portland used to look like? Take a walking tour of Southwest Portland through old Jewish neighborhoods with us and find out!  In partnership with OJMCHE, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. Please RSVP to Laura Renner-Satushek: laurar@jewishportland.org or 503.245.6219.

Sun. Aug. 27 – Oregon Holocaust Memorial Picnic
The annual OJMCHE picnic to honor the anniversary of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial will be held this year at the Memorial on Sunday, August 27th, from 11:30am-2:00pm. Survivors, descendants, stakeholders and friends: Please join us in bringing a lunch, chairs, blanket – and gathering at the Memorial at that time. For more info contact April at OJMCHE.These are selected items of interest. Please visit Next Gen Facebook and website, and the OJMCHE ojmche.org website for lots more info.
SAVE THE DATE – OCT. 22 Next Gen Get-together – You can meet Dawn Robbins, at the Sunday October 22 Next Generations Group get-together at 1 p.m. at the Temple Beth Israel Board Room. She will be our featured speaker and we will talk about our needs and hopes for the workshop, and try a writing “flight,” as a leg in our journey together.

 

SAVE THE DATE – Nov. 5, 12, & 19. 3-part story-building workshop with trainer and story building catalyst Dawn Robbins. 

Story building Nov 2017
Each of us holds thousands of stories we could tell about our families, ourselves, the histories that shape us. We can be buried by the gravity of our stories or get lost in the holes. This workshop is designed to find and build one story for the first time, in a new time, or in a new way.

About the trainer: Dawn Robbins mixes enthusiasm, a breadth of experience, and communications savvy to design workshops that are both engaging and strategic. A journalist by training, Dawn gathered and wrote hundreds of stories, with clips that include award-winning features, investigative stories, business and breaking news. For the past two decades, she has relied heavily on stories to propel a nationally recognized tobacco cessation campaign, a statewide worksite wellness program, and a model for building community partnerships. Now, in the silver-haired phase of her career with three grown children, Dawn combines her skills and interests to empower people to tell and collect stories so they can transform themselves, their communities, and the world.

Space is limited for 3-part November workshop “Story-Building in the Shadows of the Holocaust.” See attached flyer for details. To reserve your spot and receive the early-bird discount, send a $100 check or money order by the end of August to:

Dawn Robbins
7020 SE Brooklyn St.
Portland OR 97206.

If you have further questions, contact Dawn at: dawn_robbins@comcast.net or by calling 503-774-4146.

Hope you are having a great summer and staying cool!
Diana & Sue

Co-coordinators: Next Generations Group: FB: Next Generations Group Website: nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com

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. 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.

For more information, or to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the email list for Next Generations Group announcements, please contact Diana Lindemann, Next Generations Group coordinator, atDiana2504@msn.com, or call 503-312-2530. Our website is nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com. Find us on Facebook at “Next Generations Group.

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Recap – Sun., July 23 Next Gen Get-together

On Sun. July 23 we saw the film The Flat – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2071620/?ref_=nv_sr_3

As Armon Goldfinger, a film-maker and documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents – both immigrants from Nazi Germany – he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.Director: Arnon Goldfinger, 1 hr. 37 min. 2011. We enjoyed watching it together and had a nice discussion afterward.
RECAP: June Next Generations Group Get-together

Sunday, June 25th with Rosalyn Kliot

Rosalyn Kliot
THANK YOU Rosalyn, who is many things: a child survivor, a daughter of survivors, an OJMCHE Speaker’s Bureau and Next Gen member, an author, and an artist.

Rosalyn shared her family’s background beginning in Poland/Lithuania as a tapestry of a vibrant life pre-war, life in the ghetto, resistance, deportation, concentration camps, a daring escape, her birth in Lodz, Poland, life in Germany, and eventual emigration  to America in 1947.

Five Fish - R. KliotMy Father's Book by Rosalyn Kliot

Rosalyn augmented her story with her own artwork and writings. Rosalyn states, “My art, on the surface, is antithesis to my family history….. it looks very joyful  and colorful…….. yet certain pieces are directly related to stories I grew up with. This piece (above)  is a commentary about five Jewish resistors who were captured and hung up on hooks….I could not  get my mind around that, but also could not get that image out of my mind….I had to express it in my own way… metaphorically.” She will also share passages from her memoir to her father “My Father’s Book” as well as passages from her dad’s memoir.

Thank you Rosalyn for sharing your family story   You walked us through history as you told it.  It was easy to visualize your descriptions of moving into the ghetto, escaping to the countryside and hiding from Nazis.
The return to the city and finding someone in your home was moving and disturbing.  So many families experienced similar situations. Your artwork, readings by Martin Gilbert and Victor Frankel were inspiring.
You mentioned you learned from your parents to never give up, believe you can do anything, be determined, among many other positive sayings.  Thank you again for sharing.

recap: May 21, Next Generations Group Get-together: 

Panel discussion with Dr. Lazere and Dr. Lovenstein helps to resolve our concerns, invigorate energy to take action.

Thank you Richard Lazere and Aart Lovenstein for presenting your professional perspectives and leading a very constructive discussion about “living in these interesting times.”

Your insights about coping with anxiety, and suggestions on finding productive ways to deal with them were empowering and inspiring. As a group, we seemed to share similar concerns, offering advice as well; and we learned from each other that we are very active doing things to improve our communities.

We were also happy to have new faces from Hadassah, Never Again Coalition, Kol Shalom and others join us. We hope to continue this dialogue at a future Get-together. Stay tuned.

Please see our FB page “Next Generations Group” for much more info.

With warmest appreciation to Richard and Aart, and all who participated in the panel discussion. And thank you to OJMCHE for their support, and Temple Beth Israel for providing the meeting space.

All the best,
Sue Wendel and Diana Lindemann
Co-coordinators: Next Generations Group: FB: Next Generations Group Website: nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com

About the panel discussion: We live in uncertain times . . . political forces in government have emboldened far right movements, raising the specter of Nativism and Anti-Semitism, among others. Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized, swastika graffiti has become widespread along with threat-filled communication to Jewish persons and institutions. Also rising for many of us are levels of concern and anxiety.

The current political scene can be rather unsettling, even frightening at times. How do we as survivors, descendants, and supporters of “never again”, make sense of our emotions, build resilience, and find ways to have a positive impact on ourselves and our social environment during these stressful times?

On May 21st, the Next Generations Group Get-together held a panel discussion format to address our concerns and how we might respond to best effect. The two panelists will start off talking about some of their observations of concerns of the day, and then open the floor up for a group discussion.
About the panelists:

Richard Lazere, Ph.D 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.

Aart Lovenstein, PsyD, LPC received his master’s degree in psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D) from the University of Denver in 1989. Aart was born to Dutch Holocaust survivors, grew up in Holland and immigrated to Israel as a teenager. He served as a psychologist in the Israeli Army treating combat and stress reactions in soldiers, most notably in the Lebanon War. Upon receiving his doctorate he treated first and second-generation Holocaust survivors in Israel, and victims of terror and abuse. Upon his return to the USA in 1994 he has worked at Washington County Community Corrections and Western Psychological and Counseling Services, as well as in private practice. He also taught a long-running course: Psychology of Trauma at Portland State University. Aart is on extended medical leave of absence and hopes to return to his practice in the future.

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Next Gen News – 

1. Next Gen Club Book is facilitated by Rosalyn Kliot and its members and meets monthly. The club is limited in size and there are only a couple of openings left. Please email Rosalyn directly if interested. rkliot@msn.com

2. 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 rlazere@gmail.com.

3. If you are interested to be on the Next Gen “social group” email list to be notified about movies, events, outings etc. of interest, please email Nurit Kahana at arton.kahana@gmail.com

4. Debbi Montrose is our Next Generations Group Survivor and OJMCHE liaison, as we are open to Survivors at any of our events and participate in many OJMCHE events. If you are a survivor or refugee and would like to receive notices from Debbi directly, please email her at debbirm@aol.com. Thank you Debbi for taking on the important role.

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Volunteer Opps

1. July-Oct – Volunteer opps: Public docent led tours of the Memorial 1 to 2 pm. Volunteer greeters needed. Contact April, OJMCHE at aslabosheski@ojmche.org
Sunday, July 2
Sunday, August 6
Sunday, September 3
Sunday, October 1
It would be fantastic to have 1-2 people who are interested in greeting the public from about 12:30-1pm on tour days – anybody who would like to greet visitors passing through, tell them about the memorial, answer questions, and urge them to attend a 1:00 pm tour.

2.  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/

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If you have any ideas for get-togethers or service projects in 2017 please fill out our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/69VMWK8 or contact Diana Lindemann Diana2504@msn.com, or call 503-312-2530.

For information about the exhibits, programs, and membership at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education visit: www.ojmche.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonJewishMuseum?fref=ts

Next Gen Group 2017 Recaps – see Recaps page.

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