Delicious DIRT. Inside United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Chicago Events

As more than 300 supporters in their 20s, 30s and 40s gathered on June 2 at Museum Works Galleries in Chicago to learn more about genocide prevention at the Next Generation event, they were treated to signature cocktails and bites from Mercadito and soon-to-open Tavernita.    CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Mercadito @ 2011 Next Generation Event by Lynn Renee

Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Project Director of the Museum’s Committee on Conscience, shared stories of how the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is using the lessons of the Holocaust to identify threats of genocide around the world and prevent such atrocities.

TAVERNITA @ 2011 Next Generation Event by Lynn Renee

2011 Next Generation Event Chairs Melissa Grund, Jordan Goodman, Marla and Larry Gilbert at the June 2 event at Museum Works Galleries. Photo credit: Lynn Renee Photography

This was the second annual Next Generation Fundraiser where Rwandan survivor Claire Mukundente thanked the young supporters for caring so much about those in danger around the world.

Rwandan survivor Claire Mukundente by Lynn Renee

The 2010 event was held at the Standard Club, including cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and dessert buffets.

2010 Next Generation Event Chairs Scott Bernstein, Bill Friend, Linda Levinson Friend, Franny Zucker, Michael Zucker, Melaine Steinbach, Morry Steinbach and Molly Bett Kovler at the Standard Club in June 2010. Photo credit: Lynn Renee Photography

Delicious DIRT @ Standard Club Next Gen USHMM 2010

Delicious DIRTy Goodie Bags Donated By Wells Street Popcorn

CN + MBK @ Next Generation 2010

Museum supporters in Chicago will come together again this fall for the annual Chicago Luncheon, being held on Monday, November 7 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.  The theme of this year’s luncheon is Truth or Denial: When Law and the Holocaust Meet. It will feature remarks by Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, whose new book, The Eichmann Trial, explores the dramatic impact of survivors’ testimony on this landmark trial that occurred 50 years ago. Through her work and her personal experience as the target of a lawsuit by an outspoken Holocaust denier, Dr. Lipstadt has seen firsthand the Holocaust’s relevance in our world today.

The meal at the 2010 Chicago Luncheon featured noodle kugel, prepared by the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, using Holocaust Survivor Frieda Weinberg’s mother’s recipe. Photo credit: Lynn Renee Photography

The 2010 Luncheon was an incredible success as more than 2000 people came together to honor Holocaust survivor Frieda Weinberg.

Frieda + Rahm @ 2010 USHMM Luncheon by MBK

Food brings up deep emotions for Weinberg, who spent years in hiding in her native Poland as a young child.  While wandering through the forest along, looking for refuge, she often drank rainwater and ate leaves and grass.  Upon being liberated by the Russians, she immediately ran towards food even before hugging her mother and brother, who also survived.  As a special touch, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers replicated her mother’s noodle kugel recipe for every attendee.

Every guest at the 2010 Chicago Luncheon received a copy of Frieda Weinberg’s recipe for her mother’s noodle kugel. Photo credit: Lynn Renee Photography

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  (@HolocaustMuseum) inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide. A public-private partnership, federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanence, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by donors nationwide.

Since its dedication in 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 30 million visitors, including more than 9 million school children and 91 heads of state. Today 90 percent of the Museum’s visitors are not Jewish, and its Web site, the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust, on average receives visits from over 100 different countries daily. With hundreds of thousands of online visitors from countries with majority Muslim populations, translating our Web site into Arabic and Farsi is a top priority; already, portions are available in more than 20 languages. For more information, please visit

The Museum’s Next Generation Initiative, a dedicated community of emerging philanthropists and leaders, supports the Museum through public outreach and fundraising events. Join this dynamic group in honoring the victims of the Holocaust by transforming their memory into meaningful action today. With antisemitism and Holocaust denial on the rise and genocide a recurring threat, the Museum’s mission is now more urgent than ever.  To learn more, call 847-433-8099.



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