Monthly Archives: April 2023

VOG at Congregation Micah, Brentwood, TN

On April 27, 2023, Julie Kohner, Founder and CEO of Voices of the Generations, presented the program to her home Synagogue as part of Thursday Lunch-and-Learn, and West of 65 group event. Nearly 70 guests were treated to lunch hosted by the Congregation, followed by the VOG presentation. Special thanks to Rabbi Laurie Rice, Membership Director Mindy Drongowski, and West of 65 organizer Paula Kirwan for planning and organizing the event.

Rabbi Laurie Rice and Julie Kohner

VOG presentation to the Anti-Defamation League Western Division

VOG Founder, Julie Kohner, presented Voices of the Generations and “This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner, in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a Film Screening & Tools for Education and Action. The event was held via Zoom, with 600 registered participants online for the event.

The program included a screening of the 1953 historic airing of This Is Your Life featuring Hanna Bloch Kohner, a Holocaust survivor who lived through four concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Broadcast only eight years after the end of World War II, this show brought the horrors of the Holocaust into the living rooms of American families for the first time on national television. The groundbreaking program paved the way for future Holocaust dramatizations and documentaries in television and film.

Following the screening, Teresa Drenick, Interim Director of the ADL Western Division, held a conversation with Hanna’s daughter, Julie Kohner. Additionally, ADL senior staff across the west coast shared resources for education and action.

ADL Western Region Interim Director, Teresa Drenick
Voices of the Generations Founder and Presenter, Julie Kohner

VOG in Stamford, Connecticut for Yom Ha Shoah 2023

Voices of the Generations presented to the United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien Connecticut, and the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County, at Temple Beth El in Stamford, CT on April 16, 2023. More than 100 attendants heard VOG founder, Julie Kohner, present her parents story and viewed the episode of This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner, followed by a great Q&A session. Julie signed her parents book, Hanna and Walter, A Love Story, following the presentation.