Timely Announcements

Next Generations Group Announcements & Items of Interest
Updated 5/31/19
Hello Next Generations Group members and friends.
 
Here is a recap of our May 26 Get-together, followed by an announcement about two June Next Gen get-togethers to learn about the upcoming survivors/descendant conference in Nov.
Recap: May 26, 2019 – First, a big thank you to Sabina Wohlfeiler for sharing her artistic story at the May 26 get-together, “Their Story is also My Story”: Accepting the legacy of the Holocaust.”
Sabina shared a series of paintings, honoring the memory of family members whose lives were directly affected by the Holocaust. She shared the life-changing, deeply personal experience of using the artistic process to access the inaccessible. (See full size photos on Facebook “Next Generations Group”)
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About Sabina: Born in Germany to Polish parents who survived the war, Sabina immigrated with them in l949 to LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Her mother never spoke of her war experience. Her father told many of his stories, always punctuating them by saying, “I hope in your lifetime you never experience war.” Sabina states: “Emotionally accepting the depth to which her parents lives shaped her own has taken decades.”
Sabina has had a lifelong interest in the arts, She ended her 30 year career teaching art to middle schoolers in Beaverton Oregon.  She now makes time for her own artistic pursuits. She has been a member of ORA Northwest Jewish Artists since their beginning.
 
Thank you again Sabina for your fascinating and heartfelt presentation.
Next, here is info about two June Next Gen informational get-togethers that will be about this upcoming conference:
 
The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants (WFJCSH&D), 31st Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC, November 1 – 4, 2019. The Kindertransport Association (KTA) will join the conference once again as will members of Generations of the Shoah International (GSI).
Portlanders have gone to the conferences the past, and this year we would love to let interested folks know about it, and to get a group to go.
Diana will talk about the costs, travel options, room options, what’s expected, and a typical conference schedule. If you have gone to a WFJCSH&D conference in the past, we hope you can come and share your memories and any saved materials. This year a local Jewish organization is offering $100 to help offset the cost of the conference for those who may need it. Please inquire directly to Diana for details about this opportunity.
Two dates for the informational get-togethers are:
Saturday, June 8th, 2:00-4:00pm at Diana’s house. Address sent upon RSVP. Space is limited, so an RSVP is appreciated.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2:00-3:30pm at Congregation Beth Israel boardroom (same place as our regular monthly get-togethers). We will discuss the same info for those who cannot make the June 8th informational get-together.
Please RSVP directly to Diana diana2504@msn.com for questions, and for the get-together that you plan to attend.
Please go to www.holocaustchild.org to review the conference information. Familiarize yourself with the past conferences as well, and bring your questions!
Hope to see you in June. 

All the best,

Diana Lindemann and Sue Wendel, co-coordinators,

Next Generations Group
Please visit our Facebook and web site for more news of interest.

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 and lessons 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.

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Items of Interest

A selection of upcoming items of interest to Next Gen members (added as they come in). Accuracy is always our goal, but do double check with the presenting organizations for any updates.

June 24-29  Professional Development for teachers: Lessons from the Past: Understanding the Holocaust and Human Rights Violations

This intensive professional development seminar, offered in partnership with the
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education provides educators
with the opportunity to expand their awareness and understanding of the
Holocaust. We will also study other genocides and human rights violations, with a focus on Japanese American internment.

Limited space available.
• Applications accepted on a rolling basis
• Contact Rob Hadley: hadleyrs67@msn.com or
Carrie McCallum: carrienobert@hotmail.com
with questions.

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Nov. 1-4, 2019 – Registration opens April 30th. 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/

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Updates on SB 664 – Holocaust/genocide education bill

From Marc Blattner, JFGP

I am so very proud to share that Senate Bill 664, which will require Holocaust and genocide education in our state’s public high schools starting in the 2020-21 academic year, passed the Oregon House 58 to 0 (it passed the Senate earlier this year 27 to 0). The governor will sign the bill within the next week and there will be a ceremonial signing later in the summer at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE).

Oregon is now the 11th state in the country to mandate this education. Thank you to our Jewish Community Relations Council, the OJMCHE, survivors, students and others [a number of next-gen members testified and wrote letters as well -S ] to make this important legislation a reality!

From Amanda Solomon, OJMCHE

Tues. May 28

From: Judy Margles <jmargles@ojmche.org>
Subject: Holocaust and Genocide Education Mandate — Tuesday, May 28 in Salem
Cc: Amanda Solomon <asolomon@ojmche.org>

You may have heard that the Oregon legislature has had an inordinate number of bills to pass before the close of the 2019 session. Concern about when the Holocaust and Genocide Education mandate would pass propelled senators and representatives to request that the bill receive a fast track hearing.

I am thrilled to report that they were successful and vote is now planned for Tuesday, May 28 at 11am. Amanda and I have been asked to bring as many people as possible to Salem for the vote. If you are able to join us, please let me know and indicate if you need a ride or if you can offer a ride.

This will be a historic day and we hope to share it with as many of you as possible.

With great appreciation,

Judy

5/8/19
Les and Eva Aigner, Judy, and Amanda testified in front of the House Education Committee on SB664. After hearing all testimonies, the committee decided to move ahead and vote on the bill.  Needless to say, it unanimously passed, which means we’re onto the House floor for a full vote! Date tba.

4/17/19
Good news. Oregon Senate Bill 664 (https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB664/A-Engrossed), which would mandate the teaching of Holocaust and genocide education in Oregon’s public schools, has now been scheduled for a public hearing in the House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Margaret Doherty, onWednesday, May 1, 3 pm in Hearing Room D(the bill passed the Senate 27-0). This hearing is likely to be only one hour so testimony will be somewhat limited. If you want to join us, plan to arrive early!

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
OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM AND CENTER FOR 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

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CALENDAR – 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 at the CBI boardroom (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 formal Get-together. Attend/volunteer at community Yom HaShoah events.
May Sun. 26 – Sabina Wohlfeiler – 2G Holocaust expression through her art.

June 8 and June 22 — Diana to talk about the The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants (WFJCSH&D) that will hold their 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).

July Sat. 27 — Open

Aug – Attend/volunteer at the Holocaust Memorial Picnic. We also have Sat. 24 open if we want to meet.

Sept. Sat. 28 – Clarice Wilsey shares her story as a daughter of a Liberator – her father and the liberation of Dachau.

Oct. Sat. 26 — Naomi Derner, 3g, shares her amazing journey of discovery about her grandparents.

Nov. Sat. 16  –  Tanya Webber – Kristallnacht: Revealing and exploring antisemitism in pre-war Austria and Germany.

Dec  –  End of year get-together tba.

Let us know if you have ideas for July.

Next Generations Group Planning Committee 2019 Goals Update

  • 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.

If you are interested in being on the 2019 committee, let Diana diana2504@msn.com know.

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Who to contact:

For general questions about the Next Generations Group, Diana Lindemann diana2504@msn.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.

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.

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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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These are interesting times for sure. Many issues to ponder and most importantly, a time to keep and have strong bonds between us. Hope to see you at many of the events coming up!

All the best,

Sue Wendel and Diana Lindemann, Next Generations Group Co-coordinators<

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.

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