In the early 1970s, the Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Friends of Greater Washington initiated a program called “Remember a Child” in an effort to memorialize the children in their families who had not survived the war. It was their hope that recipients would incorporate these “lost children’s” names into their bar/bat Mitzvah.
In 2015, Generations After inherited this beautiful program. Today, online registries and databases have enabled us to significantly broaden the scope of the program. Names of children from many communities and countries impacted by the Holocaust can now be provided to individual families, Jewish day schools, educators and synagogue administrators, so that these otherwise “lost” children’s names can be recovered, remembered, and respectfully memorialized.
We can now provide key information about the life of the matched child and, when possible, include bibliographic references, citations, or links to enable families to conduct even more in-depth independent research. The generations can thereby “communicate” with each other, and perhaps the tragically curtailed lives of those one-and-a-half million children will inform the lives of subsequent generations.
To participate in the Remember a Child program, be matched with a child Shoah victim, and receive a Scroll of Remembrance for your bar/bat Mitzvah, please click here. PLEASE ALLOW A MINIMUM OF ONE MONTH FOR US TO RESEARCH YOUR REQUEST AND PREPARE YOUR CHILD’S CERTIFICATE.
The Generations After, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Your generous, tax-deductible contribution will enable us to continue to offer this meaningful program. The minimum contribution is $72, and we appreciate any contributions above this amount. If the certificate will be shipped outside of the U.S., please consider adding $15 to cover the cost of shipping. If the $72 donation is a financial hardship, a scholarship is available. After defraying the expenses associated with this program, donations will be channeled to various organizations, such as Blue Card, that provide direct services, aid, and support to needy and aging survivors. Thank you so much for participating in Remember a Child and adding this meaningful dimension to your simcha. Mazal tov!
View the Participation Request Form for Individuals.
View the Class or Group Participation Request Form. Please note that a minimum of 6 must participate to be considered a class or group and information must be provided for each participant.
Make a donation to support the Remember a Child Program.