On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, New Partnership Will Preserve Legacies
On Friday, as we marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jewish Federation of San Diego County has an eye toward the future. We are proud and excited to announce a new partnership with San Diego’s local group of Holocaust Survivors, the New Life Club, on several important care and legacy initiatives.
The New Life Club started in the 1950’s as a way for Holocaust survivors to gather, share their experiences, learn together, and celebrate the lives they made in San Diego after the Holocaust. Over the years, New Life Club members have held dinner dances and picnics together, celebrated members’ life-cycle events and New Year’s Eve and held a community-wide Holocaust memorial service each year. Some members have written about their experiences during the Shoah and continue to speak with incredible candor and urgency in the community and around the country.
With this partnership, New Life Club has become a part of Federation, a development welcomed by both organizations. Federation is now working with the New Life Club, along with County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and local community member Sandra Scheller, to establish a new public Holocaust exhibit, with plans to include pieces from the Chula Vista based exhibit RUTH Remember Us the Holocaust, an exhibit that shares a survivor’s story. Establishing a public memorial is the New Life Club’s next chapter as its members consider their legacy and desire to educate future generations. As a partner, Federation will support New Life Club’s social gatherings and make sure they are woven into the fabric of the community. We can also better support them as they work to develop the memorial and preserve their stories.
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