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L to R: Museum trustees Rita Lerner and Walter Weiner with Museum Director Dr. David G. MarwellThe Museum of Jewish Heritage held its 23rd Annual Generation to Generation Dinner on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in Battery Place, New York. Over 350 guests attended this year›s Annual Dinner sponsored by the Museum›s Associates and Young Friends. The event brought together Holocaust survivors, their families, and friends to pay tribute to the six million Jews who perished while honoring those individuals who survived to rebuild their families and communities. Each year the Museum holds several major fundraising events that help to support the institution›s mission of preserving Jewish history and its rich heritage.
The Museum honored Sol Rosenkranz for his many years of service to the Museum. Sol Rosenkranz is a Holocaust survivor and a member of Congregation Ohav Sholom located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Mr. Rosenkranz has volunteered his time at the Museum by giving tours to students and organizations and been actively involved with the Museum since its start.
The evening began with cocktails at 5:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:00. Welcoming remarks and greetings were given by Helen Kener Gray, Co-Chair, Associates Division, and Robert Jordan, Chair of the Young Friends Division. Museum Director Dr. David Marwell spoke along with Ann Oster, Museum Vice Chair, and Joel Rosenkranz, Second Generation Speaker, during the dinner program.
The mission of the Museum is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries—before, during, and after the Holocaust.  Multiple perspectives on modern Jewish history, life, and culture are presented in the Museum’s unique Core Exhibition and award-winning special exhibitions.
Acclaimed public programs, including discussions, films, plays, and concerts, highlight the richness of Jewish culture and ideas. The Museum’s mission extends across the country and the world with Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) and initiatives with affiliate organizations: the Auschwitz Jewish Center and JewishGen.
Now on view are three exhibitions: Emma Lazarus, Poet of Exiles; Let My People Go! The Soviet Jewry Movement, 1967-1989; and Deadly Medicine, Creating The Master Race.
The famous words of Emma Lazarus gave voice to the Statue of Liberty and continue to welcome newcomers to America. Few people know, however, that Emma was a fourth generation Sephardic-American, a major literary figure, and an early advocate for immigrants and a Jewish homeland. Come to the Emma Lazarus exhibition to learn how Emma was inspired to write an enduring message of exile, refuge, and the promise of America.
The Let My People Go! exhibit tells the story of Jews in the former Soviet Union who wanted to emigrate but were denied permission to leave,. Visitors will learn about their efforts to maintain a Jewish identity, their struggles with Soviet authorities, and the world-wide support they received.
The third exhibition, Deadly Medicine: Creating The Master Race examines Nazism’s roots in biology and genetics and reveals how doctors and scientists, advocating a program of social reform for the “greater good,” implemented a racial eugenics program that ultimately led to the murder of Europe’s Jews and millions of others deemed racially inferior.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is located at 36 Battery Place in New York City. For more information about the Museum, programs and tickets please visit www.mjhnyc.org

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