Message from Our President
Dear NEXT GENERATIONS family,
This year has been very challenging and traumatic not only for our NG family but for every person worldwide. The Covid 19 pandemic touched every person in every walk of life. Because NEXT GENERATIONS was committed to keeping our NG family connected during these difficult times, we offered several enjoyable virtual events while staying safe in our homes.
Our 2020 programming, consisting of a series of 25 virtual platform webinars, were offered at no cost to participants and they included a series of webinars with world renowned lecturer Dr. Irit Felsen. We were able to offer the series thanks to our partnerships with Jewish Federations of North America Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care and the NOW for Holocaust Survivors Initiative at MorseLife Heath System.
In addition, we had two meet the author programs presented by Roslyn Franken and Keren Toledano, a Book Talk with our favorite facilitator Greta Brewer and a most enjoyable presentation of the Yiddish language by Riva Ginsburg. We also co-sponsored with Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services a program by Avital Meirzon on Mindfulness.
NEXT GENERATIONS knows the importance of reaching out to others and working together during difficult times. We are able to do this in a number of ways. With our partners Alpert Jewish Family Services and Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services we distributed $6,000 in April to assist Holocaust survivors in financial need. Through donations for the Nancy Dershaw Grant, we are expecting to make another distribution before year end 2020. Additionally, we were fortunate to receive donations of stocks and we are using these funds to provide direct emergency care to survivors.
This year, we were very blessed to add two extremely dedicated and enthusiastic people to our Board. We welcomed Gail Weinbrum and Helen Chaset, both of whom will be valuable assets to our organization.
Our website has been enhanced and modernized. It has a new look and is easy to navigate. It contains a snapshot of who we are, our initiatives, our mission and most importantly, what we hope to accomplish. In addition to our website, we have a presence on social media via Facebook. Please follow us at www.facebook.com/NEXTGENERATIONS.ORG.
We have expanded our Speakers Bureau and Outreach program to a wider audience. Committees are working on programs that will focus on relevant educational programming and address transgenerational trauma of 2G and 3G members.
We need to look back at 2020 and reflect on what we have learned. The realization is that we are not alone, there are those around us who will take care of us if we fall ill, who will lend a helping hand, who will do their best to keep us safe and who will try to make the day a little brighter.
With much appreciation,
News from our Education Committee
Zoom. Webinar. Google Meets. Virtual lectures. Video Conferencing. These are now a part of our everyday lexicon of words! Since the pandemic came into our lives months ago, we have learned that we must adapt to meet the needs of our community and adapt we have!!!!!
NEXT GENERATIONS’s mission has always been to support the authentic voices of second and third generations of Holocaust survivors and we are committed to keeping the legacies and memories of our parents alive.
The Education Committee, through our online network, has had to learn new formats so that we can continue to bring meaningful programs to our community. Currently we are partnering with the Palm Beach School District bringing virtual workshops to the classrooms. We’ve taken our in-person programs and adapted them for virtual learning. Our Speakers Bureau is setting up virtual programs with survivors, 2Gs, 3Gs and many other organizations who want to share meaningful events.
NEXT GENERATIONS is working diligently to partner with experts and other organizations. Whether the goal is to educate students, to share common history, or to face reality with both fears and hope, our speakers bureau is supporting our goals. We are currently in the midst of bringing a 10-part lecture series from Dr. Irit Felsen on the topic of trans-generational trauma. We are broadcasting several book reviews and even a Yiddish language class. We also have an upcoming program on mindfulness and self-care to help everyone get through these challenging times!
Believe it or not, the 2021-2022 season is right around the corner. We at NEXT GENERATIONS are already planning more exciting virtual programs. We will share them with you soon! Until then, stay safe!
Our Focus on Helping Holocaust Survivors
There remains a myth that Holocaust Survivors, those born after 1928, are decreasing in significant numbers. While this is generally accurate, Palm Beach County not only has thousands of Survivors still alive in our community, but hundreds of them also need help!
In response to the need to help Holocaust Survivors, NEXT GENERATIONS created the Nancy Dershaw Grant for Holocaust Survivors, which honors its Founder and current President. Grant funds are distributed to Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services and Alpert Jewish Family Services who serve Holocaust Survivors and directly allocate funds to Survivors with gaps in their care.
We are grateful to the Quantum Foundation for their support, which goes to help the Survivors in our community. Our partnership with the NOW for Holocaust Survivors Initiative at MorseLife Health Systems offers additional and supplemental services to Holocaust Survivors and their families.
Services include assistance with groceries, medical and dental bills, transportation and unexpected items not budgeted for, since so many Survivors have fixed and limited incomes; primarily social security.
This emergency aid is provided to Survivors who have been deemed eligible for this assistance and are provided in a confidential manner. We, at NEXT GENERATIONS, are grateful to be able to help our Survivors.
Congratulations to Dr. Helen Sachs Chaset
NEXT GENERATIONS is proud of one of our newest family members, Dr. Helen Sachs Chaset, who has shared that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced its 44th Annual Suncoast Chapter Regional Emmy Awards. The documentary film My Survivor was nominated in three categories: Documentary-Cultural, Director and Editor-Program (Non-News). Helen was on the production team along with Dr. Mindy Hersh, Maxine E. Schwartz and Bonnie Reiter. This Emmy-nominated documentary was directed by Jerry Levine and has been aired on public television channels throughout the United States.
Boca Raton Observer features Nancy Dershaw
Founder/President Nancy Dershaw Leads The Way For This Important Cause
Nancy Dershaw holds a deep connection to NEXT GENERATIONS of Holocaust Survivors. As the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, she heard firsthand accounts of the horrors her parents, Esther and Maurice Mandel, faced during World War II and how it affected their lives.
This knowledge inspired her to pursue a further understanding of the impact of the Holocaust. Dershaw felt compelled to leave her business and begin a new journey. She went on to receive a master’s degree in Holocaust and genocide studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2002, while being a wife and a mother of three children as well as a grandmother.
“It was clear to me that I had to be the voice for those who survived and those who did not,” she says.
After she moved to Boca Raton, together with other children of Holocaust survivors, she founded NEXT GENERATIONS in 2004 to continue their legacy and to keep their memories alive.
The mission of the organization, of which she is president, is threefold: to teach the lessons of the Holocaust by providing education to schools and academic institutions, to provide financial assistance to Holocaust survivors in need and to raise awareness of the multigenerational effects of trauma.
NEXT GENERATIONS is an established and well-recognized organization, implementing Holocaust education and awareness in educational, civic and religious institutions. The organization encourages people to speak out against bullying, anti-Semitism and hatred so history will not repeat itself.
Being a child of Holocaust survivors is in Dershaw’s DNA.
“It’s part of my moral compass; we can’t allow bullying and anti-Semitism,” she says. “We can’t be a bystander to all of this; we need to be upstanders. We are an organization that has heard the cries of the victims of the Holocaust, vowed never to forget and promised our parents that the world would be a better and safer place for all.”
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.
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.
From our family at NEXT GENERATIONS, we wish you and those you love a beautiful holiday season and a New Year of peace and happiness.
May all the joys of Hanukkah and magic of Christmas fill your heart now and throughout the New Year.
Stay safe and be well,
NEXT GENERATIONS FAMILY