Background and Organization
- What does 3G stand for?
- Can you tell me about the organization?
- How was the group started?
- How does the organization run?
- How does one become a member of the organization? Are there dues?
- Is the group only for grandchildren of Holocaust survivors? What age-range is the group?
- Are members mostly secular, or religious?
Events and Meetings
- Tell me about these discussions you have. What sort of things do you discuss?
- Is there a 2G group in New York?
3G stands for the third generation since the Holocaust, which consists mostly of grandchildren and younger children of Holocaust survivors. The term was derived from “2G,” a term children of survivors have used to describe their generation.
3GNY’s mission is to keep the history of the Holocaust alive. We must ensure that others understand the human face of the Holocaust, as well as its details, its place in Jewish history and how it is viewed and discussed today. We are the last living link to survivors. It is primarily through us that future generations will hear the actual stories of our grandparents’ survival. We feel a deep commitment to know and tell these stories, and to place them within the greater context of the Holocaust. 3GNY also raises awareness about human rights issues and genocide – past and present. To accomplish this, 3GNY creates forums where members meet, learn, connect and share ideas. Founded in 2005 with a group of six, 3GNY’s membership now exceeds 800. 3GNY organizes diverse programming, including museum tours, film screenings, theatre engagements, discussion groups, book readings, visits and dialogue with survivors, Shabbat dinners, Jewish cultural events, intergenerational gatherings, genealogy workshops and field trips.
Daniel Brooks, who is a grandson of four Holocaust survivors, grew up feeling a strong connection to his family’s history and wanted to explore what this connection meant. In 2005, he attended a 2G meeting where he noticed others his age, who also felt we should have our own group. What formed was a group of individuals in their 20s and 30s, who didn’t previously know each other, worked in different fields and grew up with different levels of religious observance.
3GNY is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are run by a steering committee of volunteers who dedicate large amounts of time, energy and resources to ensure that the organization runs efficiently. All members of the steering committee grew up feeling a strong connection to their families’ history and want to explore what this connection meant.
3GNY does not receive funding from any organizations. We rely on donations from those who support our mission.
Donations are essential to our continued programming. Donations can be made through our website and checks can be sent to our PO Box.
Anyone who is interested in 3GNY can subscribe to receive our emails. They are then considered a member of the organization. Through our listserv, we notify members of upcoming events. There are currently no membership dues; however, some events require a nominal fee.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of 3GNY is welcome. Shabbat dinners and happy hours are geared more for 20s-30s, while educational and awareness events are open to all.
3GNY members are of different religious backgrounds. Catered events are kosher.
3GNY is constantly looking for opportunities to support and partner with the survivor community. Since our group’s founding, we have served as ushers at the last three Annual Gatherings of Remembrance; we make sure to have a large presence of young people in attendance. We have teamed up with Blue Card and Selfhelp, two organizations providing services to survivors. We participate in coffee houses for survivors, organized by Selfhelp.
We hold our annual intergenerational brunch where we invite survivors from our families and the community. We have access to a database of survivor speakers who are happy to speak to our members about their experiences.
3GNY organizes diverse programming, including museum tours, film screenings, theatre engagements, discussion groups, visits and dialogue with survivors, Darfur awareness events, Shabbat dinners, cultural events, intergenerational events, genealogy workshops and field trips.
We’ve held events all over Manhattan, including the JCC on 76th Street, 92Y-Tribeca, the Jewish Heritage Museum in Battery Park, the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Jewish Enrichment Center, The Village Temple, 49 Grove, and Black Door Bar. Often the event will dictate the space.
As Jews, we know there’s no better way to address difficult and profound issues than by getting together for coffee and cake. Since this past January, this is what we do every few weeks: try to answer questions that are difficult to resolve and virtually unasked in a public forum. We share personal stories and anecdotes, including family stories…we laugh, occasionally cry and connect on a level that’s new to many of us.
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