Yom HaShoah Commemoration (Last Living Links and 6M Steps)
Partnering with IAC New England, we commemorated Yom HaShoah as a Greater Boston community and walked in solidarity to the New England Holocaust Memorial to honor the courage, bravery and strength of those who survived and remembered the 6 million lost. Our fourth generation painted rocks of remembrance and stepped up to take their place among survivors and became an important link in the history of the Holocaust.
3Genealogy: Uncovering Our Family Histories through Genealogy
This discussion explored how genealogical research can support 3Gs and descendants of Holocaust survivors in piecing together family history and uncover information once thought to be lost.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration
Partnering with the Lappin Foundation, we commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The featured speaker was be Michael Gruenbaum, survivor of Terezin and author of Somewhere There is Still a Sun. The guest moderator was Josh Kraft, President of Kraft Family Philanthropies.
Learning From Lessons of Hate: Opportunity for Holocaust/Genocide Education in Our Schools Now
Partnering with Hadassah Northeast, we provided a roadmap on effective ways you can use your voice to ensure the public schools in your community are educating the next generation in a comprehensive and impactful way so that we truly never forget.
Walking in the Steps of our Grandparents: A Virtual Panel Discussion with the Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors: Traveling Abroad to Explore our Shared History
Grandchildren (3Gs) of Holocaust survivors from the east coast joined together for a moderated online panel discussion with 3Gs who have traveled to their grandparents’ home countries to discover a deeper understanding of their family’s roots.
A 3G Perspective: Preserving the Memory of Auschwitz Survivors
Boston 3G and their 3G counterparts across the country, Canada and Israel joined forces on International Holocaust Remembrance Day to hear from the descendants of the Auschwitz camps in a panel discussion hosted by 3G Community leaders across the US and Israel.
Rocks of Remembrance
Boston 3G's little ones (the 4Gs) participated in their first official Yom HaShoah commemoration. To help honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, 3Gs worked with their 4Gs to find rocks, painted them for peace, talked to them about the importance of being kind to one another no matter one’s differences and then particapated in the city wide commemoration. The kids aged 1 - 15 years old led a procession of survivors and the rest of those attending to the NE Holocaust Memorial waving Israeli and American flags to welcome them. Kaddish was said at the memorial and the children placed their rock on the granite plaque at the entrance of the memorial. The placing of the rock was to symbolize the Jewish custom done at gravesites to serve as a sign to others that someone has visited the grave. Our hope is that our children's brightl colored rocks of peace will also symbolize hope for the future.
This program was supported in part by a Young Adult Community Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
6th Annual Yom HaShoah Frozen Memorial
Members of Boston 3G and even 4Gs gathered at Faneuil Hall for the annual Frozen Memorial event. The Frozen Memorial is a unique moment silence, a ‘Frozen Flash Mob,’ where we freeze in place in the middle of Faneuil Marketplace for six minutes, in honor of the six million. The purpose of this event is to not only honor those who were lost, but to raise awareness and educate our community about the tragedies of the Holocaust. Thank you to all who participated, this event would not be a success without you! This program was supported in part by a Young Adult Community Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
U.S. Holocaust Museum's Next Gen Mission
Members of Boston 3G traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Next Generation Mission program. It was a wonderful and moving weekend and it was so nice meeting other 3Gs from around the country with similar missions.
Trauma & the Body
Members of Boston 3G joined researcher Merissa Nathan Gerson to learn about and discuss the affects of the trauma of our past on our present selves. Merissa is a graduate student in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Her research for many years now has focused on how the Holocaust affects the bodies and psyches of the children and grandchilren of survivors. For the months of October and November, she has continued her research at Hebrew College in Newton. Merissa's work has been published in the Jewish Journal, Lillith and the Jewish Daily Forward.
Mezuzot & Challah Covers for Survivors
Members of Boston 3G gathered to decorate Mezuzot and Challah covers for Holocaust Survivors. Together we painted and decorated over 100 pieces of beautiful Judaica for the survivors.
These gifts were presented to local Survivors at their semi-annual Cafe Europa gathering. They were thrilled and tremendously appreciative of the gesture. A huge thanks to all of the volunteer artists who participated in this event! This event was in partnership with CJP's 'Summer of Service' community service program.
Havdalah of Remembrance
Members of Boston 3G gathered together with the Riverway Project to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance day through a moving Havdalah Service. We were fortunate to have author of 'Sidonia's Thread,' Hanna Marcus with us who shared the beautiful story about her and her mother.
'We Are Still Here' Film Screening
Boston 3G gathered at the Coolidge Corner Theater to watch ‘We Are Still Here,’ a documentary by Emmy-nominated producer and filmmaker Evan Kleinman.After the screening we spent some time with Evan discussing the film and what it has meant to him and his family.
Mishloach Manot for Holocaust Survivors
The mitzvah of giving mishloach manot is spelled out in the Book of Esther, which enjoins the Jewish people to observe the days of Purim "as days of feasting and gladness, and sending portions of food to one another." Boston 3G helped fulfill this mitzvah by putting together mishloach manot packages for local Holocaust Survivors, ensuring that each Holocaust survivor knows that they are being thought of and loved during this time. We had a great group of 3G volunteers on hand to assemble the packages and received a warm response from the survivor community upon receipt of the package. Special thanks to CJP for a grant that helped to provide funds for this project.
Boston 3G Paints the Town
Boston 3G hosted an event at The Paint Bar in Newtonville. Felice Cohen, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, spoke about her book, "What Papa Told Me" and 3Gs painted a beautiful image of Jerusalem at Night. The evening was both fun and meaningful for all who attended.
A Private Holocaust Art Tour at Pucker Gallery
3Gs had a private tour of Pucker Gallery, viewing the artwork of Holocaust survivor, Samuel Bak. Mr. Bak was born in Poland in 1933 and survived with only his mother. His collections express the destruction and dehumanization which make up his childhood memories. Click here to see samples of Mr. Bak's work.