Book Reading/Discussion

Food for Thought: Recipes Remembered Book Talk and Cooking Demonstration

Featuring June Hersh, author of Recipes Remembered, A Celebration of Survival Thursday, March 29, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

The Jewish Museum Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street New York City

Thank you for joining us for this wonderful evening!

The books purchased in advance will be available for pickup at the event, and books will also be on sale at the event. June will be autographing the books that evening. Proceeds from book sales benefit the Museum of Jewish Heritage and 3GNY.

Thank you for joining us for this delicious and lively evening focused on food and storytelling with June Hersh, author of Recipes Remembered, A Celebration of Survival. June discussed her book, including some of the stories, and there was Q&A following. Her presentation is tailored specifically for the 3G audience, so this is a special opportunity exclusively for our group.

After we heard from June, Executive Chef David Teyf of LOX at the Jewish Museum showed us how to prepare some recipes from and inspired by June's book.

Recipes Remembered is a cookbook and collection of stories wrapped into one. To create it, June personally interviewed over 80 Holocaust survivors and their families. Along the way, she discovered remarkable and uplifting stories of strength and resilience. The recipes in the book are authentic and include culinary creations from all around the world. To learn more about June and her book, visit, or view a great Fox News interview from December 2011.

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Dietary laws observed

Psychological Trauma and the Transmission of Trauma

January 27, 2011 JCC in Manhattan

We thank all who joined us for this important screening and discussion with Amira Kohn-Trattner.

We watched The Summer of Aviyah, based on the autobiography of Gila Almagor. The film is set in the young Jewish State shortly after the end of the Shoah. The movie chronicles one summer in the life of a ten year old girl, Aviyah, who is visiting her mother during summer break from boarding school.

Aviyah is desperately trying to reconnect with her and learn about her family's tragic past, only to witness her mother's progressive descent into mental illness.

Following the film, we discussed the survivors after the war - the struggle to regain a semblance of normality in the face of utter destruction, the search for those lost and fantasies of their sudden return that alternate with the longing for closure, the wish to know and yet not to know the past, and the search for continuity when the fabric of meaning and memory is ripped asunder on both an individual and collective basis.

We also thank our co-sponsors: the JCC in Manhattan and The German Consulate General in New York.

About the speaker:

Amira Kohn-Trattner, L.C.S.W., is an Israeli-born psychotherapist/psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. Amira works with individuals and couples and has extensive experience with survivors, 2nd and 3rd generation.

She has been a consultant to the German government in restitution cases as an advocate to survivors and volunteered at international conferences for the US Holocaust Museum and the Shoah Foundation.

Meeting Ike Davis

Monday, September 27, 2010 Citi Field

Thanks to those who braved the weather to join us in Queens for the Ike Davis meet and greet with 3GNY. It was a very significant event for our group, and from several different angles, a big success.

Ike was very genuine and thoughtful when he shared how it felt to be a descendant of survivors. 3GNY was welcomed by Jeff Wilpon, Mets COO and son of Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who is on the board of the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., and an important advocate for Holocaust remembrance.

The New York Times' Mets beat reporter covered the meeting and wrote a piece about it..

Erin Einhorn’s The Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home. Hosted by: Ira Glass of "This American Life"

November 17, 2008

It was standing room only as we listened to Erin retell her story about the year she spent living in Poland, getting to know the family that hid her mother as a small child. In the book, The Pages In Between, Erin describes her time hanging out with young Poles who thought Jews were superstars, sported Chai tattoos, and packed huge, outdoor concerts of Jewish Klezmer music.

The book is a 21st century look at the ongoing consequences of the Holocaust these years later and an exploration of the way stories and histories we've all inherited may have been distorted by decades of memory and spin.

****************** Ira Glass is a 30-year veteran of public radio. He has been a reporter and host on several National Public Radio programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation. Named Best Radio Host in America by Time magazine in 2001, Glass is creator and host of This American Life, one of the most popular and widely acclaimed radio shows in the U.S.

****************** We thank the Tenement Museum for co-sponsoring and hosting.



Poet Janet Kirchheimer

September 23, 2008

Human beings forget, it's what we do. How do we ensure the Shoah is remembered, and not forgotten? By looking at Jewish text, and through discussion, writing exercises and poetry, we experimented with diverse and individualized ways of remembering.   Janet R. Kirchheimer is a poet whose work has appeared in a variety of publications both in the U.S. and abroad. Her moving collection of poems about the Holocaust, "How To Spot One Of Us" (CLAL, Nov. 2007) has received endorsements from Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Sir Martin Gilbert, and Rabbis Harold Kushner and Irving "Yitz" Greenberg (Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council), as well as renowned poets Mary Stewart Hammond, Yerra Sugarman, and Jeanne Marie Beaumont.   Her work has appeared in journals, including Atlanta Review, Potomac Review, Limestone, Connecticut Review, Kalliope, Lilith, Natural Bridge, PoetryNZ, Main Street Rag, on and, in addition to a variety of Jewish publications. In 2007, she was nominated for a Pushcart Poetry Prize.   A Teaching Fellow at CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Janet conducts writing workshops including, "Changing the World with Words," which teaches adults and teens about Judaism using creative writing exercises and poetry. She also leads a "Poetry Shmooze" where participants read and discuss Jewish-themed poems.

Thanks to the Fifth Avenue Synagogue for hosting us.