Timely Announcements

Next Generations Group Announcements & Items of Interest
Updated 3/5/19

Hi Next Generation Group and Friends,
Please join us for our March Get-together on Sat. March 23rd for a presentation by Ira Erbs, child of Holocaust survivors.

1 to 3 pm. Congregation Beth Israel boardroom.

The boardroom is on the 2nd floor in the building on the south side of Flanders between 19th and 20th. Free parking in the lot on the northeast corner of 19th and Flanders

Ira will share how he pieced together both life-long and recent discoveries about his family during WWII.
Ira states, “Growing up as the child of Romanian and Polish survivors, I was told various stories about my parents experiences during WWII. But there were many gaps. I have spent my life trying to piece together my father’s family’s story and what he experienced.

With the advent of the Internet and personal research I have been able to locate web sites, documents, and talk to people who have helped me to find missing facts and to fill in many of the blank spaces in my family’s history. I would like to tell their stories, and provide information to others interested in doing their own research.”

About: Ira Erbs in an IT instructor and consultant. He was born in the Bronx, but was raised in Los Angeles. He and his wife moved to the Portland metro area in 1992 and have two adult children.

Sat. March 23rd Next Generations Group Get-together Presentation: Piecing Together My Family’s Story – by Ira Erbs
1 to 1:30 – Munch and Mingle (Bring a snack to share if you like)

1:30 to 2:30 – Ira Erbs family story presentation, Q&A

2:30 to 3:00 – Wrap-up, announcements

Please RSVP if you can come to Diana
at diana2504@msn.com.
Ph. 503-312-2530

Hope to see you on Sat. March 23rd!

All the best,

Diana and Sue, co-coordinators, Next Generations Group
Facebook: 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 who want to keep the stories alive and relevant. The group meets in the Portland, OR area for social, educational, and service projects. We thank the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Congregation Beth Israel for their in-kind support.

Help us to keep the Next Gen member email list up-to-date. Let us know of any email/name additions, changes or to unsubscribe.

RECAP Next Gen Get-together, Feb. 23, discussion with Richard Lazere – Sharing the lessons of the Holocaust.
Thank you Richard Lazere for leading the discussion at the Feb. Next Gen get-togther. The group discussed a timeline of Nazi persecution after Hitler came to power, watched the movie short on the German-American Bund rally in Madison Square Garden in 1939 called A Night at the Garden. We discussed the Lukov March which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, and erosion of First Amendment issues providing freedom of religious practice.

There was a lively discussion about what we can do/should do in the face of rising antisemitism all over the world.

Here is info about the film A Night at the Garden:

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States.
A Night at the Garden was directed and edited by Marshall Curry and was supported and released by Field of Vision. The film was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short; it was also an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and was part of a special screening and panel discussion at the New York Film Festival. It was released on 22 Alamo Theater screens across the country and at The IFC Center in NYC.
One of the key reasons we meet monthly as a group is to help keep the lessons of the Holocaust alive and relevant. In today’s world this as important as ever. So, as survivors, descendants, and supporters, how can we best turn Holocaust memories into action agendas? Many of us currently share the lessons of the Shoah as educators, OJMCHE speakers, authors, artists, Memorial docents, local community leaders and educational and social justice organizations, and more. What are your thoughts and ideas about taking action to ensure this history is not forgotten? What else can we be doing, should we be doing?


Richard states, “Last month we commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27). At our next get-together on Feb. 23 we will discuss the need to take responsibility for sharing the lessons of the Holocaust and how to take action to ensure ‘Never Again’.” Richard adds, “Thoughts and prayers are not enough: let’s practice IAP (Inspiration, Aspiration & Perspiration) in connection with social justice action agendas. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to these issues during our lively discussion at the February meeting.”

About Richard: Richard Lazere is a long-time and active member of the Next Generations Group, serves as our social action liaison, and is a member of Kol Shalom. Richard was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens and then Long Island, New York in which social justice was preached and practiced. 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.
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. Since 2001 he taught Psychology at PCC, and has just recently retired.
UPDATE on SB 664 Holocaust/Genocide education in Oregon Schools

From Amanda Soloman, OJMCHE

2/28/19 –  I am super excited to announce the SB664 has passed the Senate Education Committee and is on its way to the Senate floor! This is a major first step in making this bill a reality and we appreciate everyone’s support. As soon as I hear more information about next steps we can take, I’ll let everyone know.

You can read all the testimonies here: LINK

2/20/19 – On Wednesday, February 20th at 1pm the Holocaust and Genocide Education Mandate was heard in front of the Senate Education Committee. Many next gen and supporters showed up.
Here is a link to the bill as it is as of Feb. : https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/SB664
Thank you so much everyone!
Amanda Solomon
Manager of Museum and Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209
503.226.3600 EXT 111
Visit us online at www.ojmche.org

Here is Sue’s testimony in support of SB 664 LINK


Planned 2019 Next Generations Group Get-togethers (subject to change):

(You are welcome to coordinate other mini-get-togethers too in between the monthly ones.)

Here is the 2019 Next Gen Get-together Calendar to date (subject to change): 
Jan. Sat. 26  –  Film: Nicky’s Family
Feb. Sat. 23  –  Richard Lazere group discussion. Topic: Sharing the lessons for the Holocaust.
March Sat. 23  –  Ira Erbs – Family research & travel discoveries, Dachau and more.
April  –  no mtg? Attend/volunteer at community Yom HaShoah events  
May Sun. 26 – Sabina Wohlfeiler – 2G Holocaust expression through her art
June Sat. 22 — Naomi Derner: Exploration and discovery of grandparents history
July Sat. 27 — 
Aug – Attend/volunteer at the Holocaust Memorial Picnic. We also have Sat. 24 open if we want to meet.
Sept. Sat. 28 – Clarice Wilsey – Her Father and the Liberation of Dachau
Oct. Sat. 26 — Open
Nov. Sat. 16  –  Tanya Webber – Kristallnacht: Revealing Austrian and German
historical perspectives
Dec  –  end of year get-together

Let us know if you have ideas for Aug. and Oct.


Next Generations Group Planning Committee Update
Agenda items for January meeting

The Next Generations Group Planning Committee will meet in January to discuss some longer term goals such as:

  • Interest group activities;
  • Advocacy for Holocaust education in Oregon high schools;
  • 2019 volunteer projects;
  • disbursement of donations received; and other ideas.

Current planning committee members include: Debbi, Tanya, Richard, Sue, and Diana.

Past planning committee members, please let us know if you still wish to serve, and to all: if you are interested in being on the 2019 committee, let Diana know.

Items of Interest – please see Facebook – Next Generations Group

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Annual Gala
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 5pm
With Special Guest Carlos Kalmar,
Music Director, Oregon Symphony
It all takes place at the
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Festive atmosphere
Delectable food
Delightful company
Watch for your invitation to arrive in early March. If you don’t want to wait, purchase your tickets, $100, now at Gala Tickets. https://ojm.tofinoauctions.com/ojmchegalaimagine/register/ticket_sales
40 years old and under? Please join us at the special ticket price of $50.
For sponsorship opportunities and questions, please call Heather Brunner at 503-226-3600, hbrunner@ojmche.org

The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants (WFJCSH&D) will hold our 31st Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC, November 1 – 4, 2019, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. The Kindertransport Association (KTA) will join the conference once again as will members of Generations of the Shoah International (GSI). https://www.holocaustchild.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences/

Join the Next Gen Social email list

The Next Gen Social email list posted lots of events and activities this year. If you want to be added to that sub-group email list, please email Nurit Arton Kahana a arton.kahana@gmail.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 who want to keep the stories alive and relevant. The group meets in the Portland, OR area for social, educational, and service projects. We thank the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Congregation Beth Israel for their in-kind support.

Help us to keep the Next Gen member email list up-to-date. Let us know of any email/name additions, changes or to unsubscribe. suemwendel@gmail.com

In 2019 Next Gen get-togethers will be held mostly on Saturdays, all at Congregation Beth Israel. As you know, to be a part of the Next Gen Group, there are no membership dues. We are survivors, descendants, parents, grand parents, teachers, health professionals, artists, writers, speakers, and more. We share in the passion and energy to honor  those lost to the Holocaust, and help to educate all to remember the past and understand its relevance today.  In 2019, at the request from members, we are planning monthly get-togethers that include: member presentations, films, panel discussions, guest speakers, community projects and more.
There is interest in smaller gatherings in between as well. Topics include: book discussions, Holocaust education advocacy, and more. Let us know of any ideas or interest you have.
All the best for a Happy New Year,
Diana Lindemann and Sue Wendel
Next Generations Group co-coordinators
FB: Next Generations Group 

Next Gen Contacts – 

Diana Lindemann Co-coordinator diana2504@msn.com
Sue Wendel Co-coordinator suemwendel@gmail.com

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.

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

Due to the many social justice / 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.

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


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/


To learn about becoming a Holocaust Memorial Docent or becoming a member of the Speakers Bureau, or other volunteer activities, contact Amanda Solomon asolomon@ojmche.org at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education at ojmche.org. 




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