Spring 2021 Edition

Message from our Founder/ President 

In 2004, when I moved to South Florida, I decided to create an organization of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, similar to one that I had started in Philadelphia.  What began as an informal social and educational group for friends with similar backgrounds became a formal non-profit in 2006 when NEXT GENERATIONS of Holocaust Survivors was incorporated and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, capable of accepting tax-deductible donations.  Who could have foreseen the tremendous growth of our programs and services since our founding seventeen years ago?

As with most non-profit organizations in the nation, we were terribly disappointed when the COVID-19 pandemic stopped us from doing in-person educational outreach programs, both for the community and in schools.  But what started out as a very negative year turned into our most successful one to date, thanks to innovative programming by our outstanding Board and volunteers.  As the saying goes, we were able to turn lemons into lemonade!

NEXT GENERATIONS is proud to announce Mark Glickman as our Director of Development. Mark has extensive experience in the non-profit arena and has been a tremendous asset in the short time he has been with us.  His knowledge, compassion and expertise will enable us to realize even greater achievements.

Part of our mission is to help Holocaust survivors living below the poverty level.  At the end of 2020, through donations received to the Nancy Dershaw Grant for Holocaust Survivors, we distributed $10,000 to each of our partners, Alpert Jewish Family Services and Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services to assist Holocaust survivors in financial need.  In addition, we distributed over $2,000 directly to Holocaust Survivors through our Direct Emergency Allocation Fund.

While we all look forward to a time when we can present our programs in live settings, we are delighted that our outreach efforts have dramatically exceeded our expectations.  We invite you to join us in our wonderful endeavors!  Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to NEXT GENERATIONS so that we can continue to offer these outstanding programs.  Every gift helps, donations of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated.   We want to wish everyone a healthy, happy and sweet Passover!

New Director of Development, Mark W. Glickman, CFRE

I am thrilled to join the NEXT GENERATIONS of Holocaust Survivors family.  I first encountered NEXT GENERATIONS (NG) and met Founder/President Nancy Dershaw in 2010 while I was working for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Southeast Regional Office in Boca Raton.  I was very moved by the passion of the Board and the members of the organization.  I was also very impressed by NG’s mission and goals.  USHMM and NG co-sponsored several outstanding educational programs.  After I left USHMM, I continued to support NG and attended many of their programs. When the opportunity to work as a consultant with NEXT GENERATIONS became available, I enthusiastically jumped at the chance.

NEXT GENERATIONS has always worked very hard to raise important funds to assist Holocaust survivors in need.  It is wonderful that we now have a new priority, of identifying and addressing the intergenerational trauma issues of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.  I have several friends who are 2Gs that virtually attended and appreciated the programs that NG ran this year with distinguished social worker Dr. Irit Felsen, an international expert on this subject.

Most important has been the explosion of our educational programming in the past two years.    The usual five or six community outreach programs presented by NG had to be done virtually this year, due to COVID-19. But the demand for speakers from NG to give live, powerful, personal testimony to school students has dramatically increased.

The past four years have seen a frightening rise in anti-Semitism in the United States.  The horrendous racist march in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 was followed by the worst attack on a synagogue in US history at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh in 2018.  At the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, we observed several rioters wearing virulently anti-Semitic shirts.

The need for the programs and services of NEXT GENERATIONS of Holocaust Survivors has never been greater.  It is my hope that NG can continue to identify additional children of survivors willing to tell their parents’ stories, and to continue to bear witness to one of the greatest atrocities in world history.  I also hope to see our organization branch out to additional counties in Florida that may not have the volunteer resources that we have in South Florida.  The ability to do this virtually through Zoom, Google Meets and other platforms, even after the COVID pandemic subsides, will forever change our ability to interact with schoolchildren and college students.

I encourage everyone to make a gift to NEXT GENERATIONS, and to volunteer your time to assist us in this important endeavor.  With your assistance, we can help to ensure that NEVER AGAIN is a reality.

News from our Education Committee

Randi Posner, Chairperson of Educational Outreach and Programming

While the Covid Pandemic may have stopped some events and activities from taking place this year, the NEXT GENERATIONS Educational Outreach and Programming Committee has been busier than ever!!! Thanks to modern technology, we can now reach more people around the world and deliver more presentations without ever leaving our homes!

We have created partnerships with several organizations so that we can share the opportunities and the audiences; it has been amazing! One of our partnerships is with the MorseLife Now for Holocaust Survivors Initiative.  Together we have presented 20 webinars with Dr. Irit Felsen, discussing various aspects of trans-generational trauma. (See Dr. Jenni Frumer’s article for more details.) We held book talks and Yiddish culture sessions. We partnered with Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services to bring a session on mindfulness to our participants.

We are now actively partnering with the Palm Beach County School District. One of our initiatives is to bring interactive two-hour workshops to the schools. Our biggest program this season is the International Butterfly Project. Together with MorseLife Now for Holocaust Survivors initiative, NCSY, and the Palm Beach County School District, eighteen schools involving almost 2,000 students will be painting ceramic butterflies to be incorporated into a sculpture on the grounds of MorseLife in West Palm Beach. Each student will learn about a child who perished during the Holocaust. Fifteen of those schools have requested interactive workshops for the students to learn about the significance of the butterfly during the Holocaust. Additionally, together with Lynn University, we held our annual GenZ Project where we brought a Survivor in to share his incredible story with the University students. They are now creating their story expressions to reflect the impact of hearing the first-hand account of a Survivor.

Our vibrant, active Speakers Bureau is sending Survivors, Second Generations, and experts to our schools and organizations to share their inspiring stories.

Our Programming Committee has already created an exciting upcoming 2021-2022 virtual season of events that promises to be unlike anything we have presented before! (See Helen Chaset’s article for more details.)

As you can see, we have been wonderfully engaged with our virtual audiences bringing a myriad of opportunities and experiences. Our volunteers have been giving tirelessly to create educational opportunities for a variety of audiences. While the pandemic may have slowed some people down, the NEXT GENERATIONS Educational and Programming Committee has been

unbelievably busy and we are so thankful to be a part of so many programs!

Community Educational Events

Helen Chaset, Community Educational Programming

Planning is underway for the 2021-2022 season of programming for NEXT GENERATIONS.  The coming months will hold the same busy and meaningful programming conducted virtually.  We have been fortunate in creating new partnerships with other organizations who share our mission, such as the American Society for Yad Vashem in New York, NY, and the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida in Maitland, FL. These partnerships bring us new opportunities for programming in the coming year. Our continuing partnerships with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County also play a role in the 2021-22 lineup of virtual events.  For the time being, the events on our calendar are virtual, but we look forward to being in person again as conditions improve and large gatherings hold little risk.  Here’s a glimpse of our upcoming programs.  Further details can be found on our website, nextgenerations.org.

Architecture of Murder - 4/13/2021

Citizen 865 -The Hunt for Hitler's Hidden Soldiers in America – 10/6/21

Americans and the Holocaust – 10-/14/21

Hidden Children of the Holocaust – 11/17/21

Tour of the USHMM Collection – 12/7/21

Besa - Muslim Rescue of Jews in Albania – 1/27/22

18 Enduring Voices – 2/23/22

Code Name: Ayalon – 3/10/22

Speakers Bureau

Gerard Lob, Chairperson of SPEAKERS’ BUREAU

Our Speakers’ Bureau is one of many arms supporting NEXT GENERATIONS’ Holocaust education efforts. We provide speakers to schools, synagogues and community organizations throughout Florida.

We are honored to include as speakers, Holocaust Survivors, 2nd and 3rd Generation survivors as well as educators dedicated to the teachings of the Holocaust and its lessons.

In the past three months, we facilitated ten programs in seven public and parochial schools resulting in over twelve teaching hours to several hundreds of students. We expect many more presentations between now and the end of the school year.

On April 10th, Randi Posner will be the guest speaker at Temple Emanu-El’s Yom HaShoah service.

The Speakers’ Bureau is also organizing a joint virtual Yom HaShoah commemoration on April 28th between

NEXT GENERATIONS and Temple Beth Am in Margate, FL. We will participate in a discussion panel about the experiences of Children of Holocaust Survivors.

We look forward to providing our support to our schools and communities in the field of Holocaust education.

Programming for 2nd and 3rd Generation Holocaust Survivors

Jenni Frumer, PhD – Director of Strategic Initiatives is chairing the programming for

2nd and 3rd Generation Holocaust Survivors

NEXT GENERATIONS is committed to offering the offspring of Holocausts Survivors support and enhanced understanding of the effects of the transition of trauma.  From August 2020 through February 2021 NEXT GENERATIONS in partnership with the NOW for Holocaust Survivors, a signature program of MorseLife Health System offered a series of 20 webinars presented by Dr. Irit Felsen.  These webinars were partially funded by the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) and were a huge success.

The webinars explored the significance of trauma-exposure Holocaust Survivor experiences and their impact on the lives of Survivor families. Topics covered included Trauma and Intimacy, The Dual Reality of Children of Holocaust Survivors, Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma, Unique Strengths of Children of Survivors, Grandchildren of Survivors (3G), Midlife as an Opportunity to Enhance Adaptive Coping, The Relationships Between Adult Siblings (2G’s) in Holocaust Families and The Legacies of Holocaust Survivors. More than 1,870 attended these webinars; 600 individuals, many of them who attended more than one webinar. All webinars were recorded and will be available on our website in the next couple of weeks. 

Thank you to over 200 of you who responded to a Survey about these webinars, which provided us with important information about your experiences and your interest in additional opportunities to engage with one another.   As a result of your feedback, NEXT GENERATIONS will be offering two-hour monthly workshops, co-facilitated by Dr. Irit Felsen and Jenni Frumer, PhD.   The registration link is https://jennifrumer.com/2nd-generation-survivors-workshops/.   The fee for each workshop is $60 and is subsidized by a grant from MorseLife.  Workshops will offer participants the opportunity to explore their experiences as children of Holocaust Survivors. Each workshop is limited to 18 participants.

Tribute Cards

Designed by our 4th Generation of Holocaust Survivors

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.

Amazon Smile Program

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.

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