Holocaust survivors’ descendants tell their stories in Scotch Plains
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Holocaust survivors’ descendants tell their stories in Scotch Plains

Ilyse Muser Shainbrown is second from left; Claire Bornstein, Rita Geller, and Faye Bodenstein, CBI’s Second/Third Generation Holocaust Survivors group co-chairs, surround her. (Courtesy CBI)
Ilyse Muser Shainbrown is second from left; Claire Bornstein, Rita Geller, and Faye Bodenstein, CBI’s Second/Third Generation Holocaust Survivors group co-chairs, surround her. (Courtesy CBI)

Late last month, the Second/Third Generation Holocaust Survivors group held its summer meeting at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains. Ilyse Muser Shainbrown, director of Holocaust Education and Newark Initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, was the guest speaker.

Ms. Shainbrown talked about how there are so few Holocaust survivors still able to tell their stories that the second and third generations must be able to continue their families’ legacies. She also discussed the federation’s process for choosing and recommending speakers to local schools and offered one-on-one training sessions to help members of the group create presentations about their parents’ and grandparents’ Holocaust experiences.

“Our group learned a great deal from Ilyse,” Rita Geller, co-chair of the Second/Third Generation Holocaust Survivors Group, said. “We are hopeful that many of our members will take advantage of her offer to train us as presenters, so that we can fulfill the important obligation of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.”

The Second/Third Generation Holocaust Survivors Group was created at Congregation Beth Israel but includes participants from area synagogues and the community. The group plans events to educate the public about the Holocaust and to honor and remember those who suffered and died.

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