Timely Announcements

Next Generations Group Announcements & Items of Interest
Updated 8/9/18


From OJMCHE: Please Join Us for two 14th Anniversary Memorial commemorations –

2018 Oregon Holocaust Memorial Picnic
Sunday, August 26, 11:00am-2:00pm

The Oregon Holocaust Memorial is located at the intersection of Washington Way and Wright Avenue in Portland’s Washington Park.
Join us as we commemorate the 14th anniversary of the opening of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and enjoy one another’s company. We will gather beginning at 11:00am until 2:00pm, feel free to come and go as you please during this time. Please bring your own picnic lunch, lawn chairs, and whatever else you would like.



Interviews with Memorial stakeholders film, partially featured at A Triumph of Life exhibit in 2014.
Thursday, August 23, 5:00-7:00pm

At Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

Created in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in 2014, Triumph of Life features the voices of many of the Holocaust survivors, designers, organizers, and fundraisers who conceived of and created the Memorial. Join us at OJMCHE for a screening this film, 72 minutes in length, preceded by words from the film’s videographer Robert Lindemann, a toast in honor of the 14th anniversary of the Memorial’s completion, and a toast to April Slabosheski, OJMCHE Holocaust education manager who is leaving at the end of August.

Questions? 503.226.3600 | ojmche.org


Recap: Eve Levy speaks at our July Get-together

Eve Levy 2018
About Eve Levy: Eve is a granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, who have shaped so much of the direction that she has taken in her life. Through her research she is beginning to speak about her grandparents and the impact they had on her life. She just returned from leading her second trip to Poland for a group of local women. Eve is the director for Women’s Programming at Portland Kollel.
RECAP: Sunday, June 17

The Next Generations Group, Portland Hadassah, and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education hosted Holocaust child survivor and author

Ruth Lindemann as she shared her life story
and talked about her book To Survive is Not Enough.

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Ruth shared her life story as a Jewish child in Austria before and during WWII. She discussed and answered questions about her life and her book, which is based on the many stories she has heard from Holocaust survivors over the years. The fear of being separated from her parents, Ruth said, in the late 1930s is a chilling reminder of what is going on now.

About: Ruth Lindemann lived in Portland for many years and was active in the Jewish community. She is a past member and chapter president of Hadassah, and a current member of the OJMCHE Speakers Bureau. Ruth lives in California and speaks to students and groups in the Palm Springs area for the Tolerance Education Center located in Rancho Mirage.

Learn more at these websites:

Ruth Lindemann

To Survive Is Not Enough (Book)


Recap: Next Gen Get-together May 26, 2018.  A big thank you to Next Gen member Richard and special guest Rabbi Russel who a lively discussion: Encountering antisemitism, coping with bias, prejudice, and discrimination.
Rabbi McAlmond and Dr. Lazere began with some remarks about historical roots and current expressions of antisemitism in today’s challenging world social climate. Then they opened he floor for our questions and discussion about this difficult and important topic. We shared our own thoughts and experiences with different types of antisemitism, and although we did come at it from a variety of perspectives our discussion remained respectful and insightful.

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.

Again, we thank all who attended this important discussion. There is certainly work to do and each of us plays a role in breaking stereotypical thinking and bias, and finding common ground that builds healthy and rewarding relationships.

Caron, Next Gen member, at the Federation asked me to share these  announcements: –Sue
1. August 21 Jewish Heritage Night @ Hillboro Hops
2. Jewish Federation of Greater Portland will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020.
To kick off a centennial year of celebration the community is invited to join together for PDX-Israel 2020.
This once-in-a-century trip is for first time and veteran visitors, families of all ages, and so on.
Early bird registration at a highly subsidized rate (thanks to generous centennial donors) is available now through November 15.
Details, pricing and registration online at http://www.pdxisrael.org and you call 503-245-6219 with questions.
Caron Blau Rothstein
Director of Community Engagement & Special Projects
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
Direct: 503.245.6449

Save the date:

2018 Conference Registration

The 30th Annual World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors and Descendants will be at the West Palm Beach Marriott Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida, November 9-12, 2018. Once again the WFJCSHD will team with KTA (Kindertransport Association) and GSI (Generations of the Shoah International) to provide a gathering of child survivors, descendants, partners, and spouses to explore topics of mutual interest, socialize, and schmooze. We invite you to attend this amazing opportunity to attend workshops, panel presentations, schmoozing, and enjoying the company of friends old and new.


Conference registration will be $395 (USD) for those who register before September 1, 2018. 1st. After September 1, full registration will cost $425 (USD), Registration will close on October 15Cancelations after September 1 or with payments made through Paypal will result in a $25.00 service fee.

Please note that you will be required to fill out a Conference registration form online if you are doing payment by credit card. If you would like to fill out the registration form on paper and mail it with payment by check, you may Click Here to download the Registration Forms. Please fill out and mail with your check to:
c/o Susan Dubin
2160 Twin Falls Drive
Henderson, NV 89044 USA
Forms may also be scanned and sent by email to susandubin48@gmail.com. Checks must still be sent to the above address. Payment can be made by credit card through PayPal but it is not necessary to register for PayPal in order to pay for the conference.

Hotel reservations need to be booked directly with the West Palm Beach Marriott by October 15, 2018, at the following online address:
https://book.passkey.com/e/49632725.You may also call (800) 228-9290 or (561) 833-1234 and tell them you are with World Federation of Child Holocaust Survivors and Descendants (WFJCSHD).

Single or double occupancy is $119 per night plus tax. Room rates are applicable for 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference.

Questions? Contact Susan Dubin at 01-818-606-0793 or susandubin48@gmail.com


Volunteer Opp: Become a Memorial Ambassador

From Jill Slansky, slansky@comcast.net

Hi friends,

Summer is on its way…and there are many people visiting the Holocaust Memorial.  I have been there conducting school tours several times in the last few weeks and each time, there were 20-30 folks visiting.  Some have made it a destination to see while visiting Portland and others just see the sign and come in.  The visitors are from all over the US and several foreign countries.

 In the past, we have had “Memorial Ambassadors” from OHRC/OJMCHE available on summer weekends to greet guests, offer information and answer questions.  I am sending this to you to ask for your assistance.  Would you be willing to spend a few hours (from 10:am-2:pm) at the Memorial to serve in this capacity. I am creating a summer calendar and would love to include you.  Please indicate if you would like to support this OJMCHE Mission.  Date are listed below.  I shall send out a schedule to all of you when volunteers have responded.




SAVE THE DATE Trip to Israel with Dorice Horenstein in November. Please see:  https://sites.google.com/site/pifdnews/community-biz-pabe



As we plan 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 Next Gen activities — all which help to honor survivors, and preserve and keep relevant 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.

Please take a moment to visit the Next Generations Group 2017 Recaps Page on this site.
This year our Next Gen get-togethers will be held on Saturdays, at Congregation Beth Israel. As you know, to be a part of the Next Gen Group, there are no membership dues, just the passion and energy to honor and remember the past and its relevance today.  In 2018, at the request from members, we are planning films, panel discussions, guest speakers, community projects and more. We also have a “social group” that meets for fun outings. Please contact Nurit arton.kahana@gmail.com to be put on the Next Gen social list.

Diana Lindemann and Sue Wendel
Next Generations Group co-coordinators.
FB: Next Generations Group Website: nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com



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 rlazere@gmail.com.

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 arton.kahana@gmail.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 debbirm@aol.com. Thank you Debbi for taking on the important role.


Volunteer Opps

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/



Facebook: Next Generations Group.      Website: nextgenerationsgroup.wordpress.com
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.

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