Message from Our President
Greetings to our NEXT GENERATIONS family.
As the founder and new President of NEXT GENERATIONS of Holocaust Survivors, I speak for all of us in expressing our heartfelt concern for those dealing with the COVID-19 virus and all of its implications. In such unsettling times, nothing is more important than community support in overcoming this crisis.
We have some exciting news to share regarding our Board. We’ve made some invigorating changes. I have the honor to be the President of NEXT GENERATIONS. Randi Posner, our past President, has taken on the role of Chair of Educational Outreach/Programming (a true passion of hers). My sincere gratitude goes to Randi for all of her hard work as President of our organization. Nadine Berkowitz and Jennifer Blumenthal also deserve recognition for their work as board members. It’s also our pleasure to welcome Gail Weinbrum to our Board of Directors. Gail has been very active within NEXT GENERATIONS, and will be an extraordinary asset to the organization.
I pledge to continue the mission and strategic initiatives of NEXT GENERATIONS with sincere humility. It has always been our goal to engage and inspire the NEXT GENERATIONS family, which you are all part of, to spread the message that must keep the memories of the Holocaust alive. NEXT GENERATIONS was founded by children and grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, and was later joined by others who share in the same passion to support and remember the Survivors, the authentic voices of the Holocaust.
Our gratitude goes to our new Board and dedicated volunteers. They will continue to support NEXT GENERATIONS’ commitment to educate future generations about the negative ramifications of hatred and bigotry. Moreover, we will continue to assist Holocaust Survivors in need, as well as provide outreach support to child survivors and second and third generation survivors who suffer from inherited trauma. With your commitment, we will be able to fulfill our mission.
We welcome our new Board
Nancy Dershaw, President
Linda Weltman, Vice President
Paula Stevens, Secretary
Terri Golden, Treasurer
Board of Directors
Judi Hannes Mendelsohn
Life is not as usual in these trying times. NEXT GENERATIONS will be looking a little different with our upcoming programs and events. We are developing virtual programs and events that will be educational and entertaining. We want our NEXT GENERATIONS family to be engaged more than ever. Details will be sent to you as soon as our programs are finalized. Please participate and support our efforts so we can continue our important work.
With my warmest wishes,
The Nancy Dershaw Grant for Holocaust Survivors in Need
The Nancy Dershaw Grant for Holocaust Survivors provides emergency aid to Holocaust Survivors with needs. NEXT GENERATIONS partners with organizations that provide direct services to Survivors.
Grant allocations to these organizations ensure that professional assessment of the Survivor’s needs and the direct care they receive are provided in a confidential manner.
And now with our current health crisis, many of our survivors are all alone living with limited income and support, isolating themselves to hopefully prevent getting ill.
Please consider a gift to the Nancy Dershaw Grant to support those Survivors who have been deemed eligible for this emergency aid.
Everyone is now shopping online. What better time to make a donation with no fees or extra costs to you, while you are having fun shopping. smile.amazon.com will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to NEXT GENERATIONS. But remember, you must first select NEXT GENERATIONS as your charity on smile.amazon.com before making your purchases. By supporting a charitable cause, you can be part of something bigger.
Amazon Smile Program
You can now send a tribute card from the comfort of your own home! For a minimum donation of $18, you can send a Tribute Condolence Card in memory of someone or a Tribute in Honor Card for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Births, Holidays, Thank You, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, or other Special Milestones. Please visit our website www.nextgenerations.org, open the Donate button at the top right and click on Tribute Gift. We’ll take care of the rest!
We also have packages of ten tribute cards or ten blank notecards, all with the same cover as above; each package is $40. Simply send your check to NEXT GENERATIONS, 4781 N Congress Ave., Suite 1122, Boynton Beach, Fl.33426. Be sure to include where to send the package and your telephone number.
Our Upcoming Digital Events
Zoom! Webinars! Social Distancing! Just a few months ago, these words were not part of our everyday vocabulary but, oh, how our world has changed! While we cannot yet plan to be together in person for our events, NEXT GENERATIONS is committed to bring you an outstanding line-up of programs, beginning in early SUMMER. All of these programs are DIGITAL EVENTS at NO COST to you. Please watch for the ANNOUNCEMENT with specific dates and times so that you can register in advance.
The line-up includes a three-part Yiddish Series with our very special Yiddish instructor, Riva Ginsburg. Our literary expert, Greta Brewer, will be facilitating the book, Not Me, by Michael Lavigne. Other meet the author events include Keren Tolendano who wrote In Light of This & Other Things and Roslyn Franken who wrote Meant To Be: a true story of might, miracles and triumph of the human spirit. Additionally, we will be co-sponsoring a special program with Rales Jewish Family Services about mindfulness as the secret to effective self-care.
We are also looking forward to a series of workshops with Dr. Irit Felsen, beginning in July 2020. Dr. Felsen, a renowned psychologist and expert on trauma, will be presenting workshops on issues of inherited trauma in Holocaust families. This series is co-sponsored by NEXT GENERATIONS and the Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the NOW for Holocaust Survivors Initiative at MorseLife Health System.
While all these programs will be available at no cost for participants, there will be required registration to participate.
As President of NEXT GENERATIONS, I want to extend my sincere hope that you all stay safe in these troubling times. It is more important than ever to be united, to share in a common cause, to care about each other and most importantly, to remember and learn from the past so we can look forward to a better future. We hope you will consider making a donation which would allow NEXT GENERATIONS to continue to deliver these worthwhile and enriching programs. Please visit our website at www.nextgenerations.org.