by Ozzie Nogg
Attendees of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18, will see members of the community recognized for their support of the organization. “Our agency would not be able to do it’s work without their contributions,” said Renee Corcoran, NJHS Executive Director.
The Mary Fellman Award, named for the co-founder of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, is presented to a person or group for outstanding commitment to the NJHS. The award is not given annually, but only when the Historical Society Board identifies a worthy recipient. “This year we are pleased to give the Mary Fellman Award to the Herbert Goldsten Trust,” Corcoran said. “The Goldsten Trust has been making grants to Omaha Jewish organizations since 1991, and the NJHS was among the very first to benefit from the Trust’s generosity. That first year they funded the transcribing of our history tapes, and their grants have continued since then.”
Projects supported by the Goldsten Trust include the Memories of Jewish North 24th Street and Women in the Upper Midwest exhibits; the digitization of DVDs; the conversion of audio tapes; and the archiving and cataloging of the NJHS collection of photographs and manuscripts. “The family memorabilia that people donate to the Historical Society need to be cared for in special ways,” Corcoran added, “and thanks to the Goldsten Trust we’ve been able to reorganize the NJHS archival collection and install temperature controlled storage that preserves historical objects. The significance of these grants cannot be measured.”
Howard Kaslow, a Goldsten Fund Trustee, will accept the award. “The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society plays a unique and vital role in preserving a tangible record of the history of Nebraska’s Jewish communities,” Kaslow said. “With its small staff and dedicated volunteers, NJHS has admirably accomplished that task; and the Trustees of the Herbert Goldsten Trust are pleased to see how effectively the Trust’s grants have been used by the Society.” Along with Kaslow, current trustees of the Herbert Goldsten Trust are Robert Belgrade, Joseph Kirshenbaum, Janie Murow and Norman Vietzer.
By her own admission, Rocky Stern has served as Secretary of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, “Forever. And before that I was treasurer. Forever.” In recognition of her remarkable dedication, Rocky will receive the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society Volunteer of the Year Award at the Annual Meeting. “I keep doing this because I appreciate the important work the Historical Society does,” she said. “It’s a wonderful organization and I thank them for this award.”
The theme of this year’s NJHS Annual Meeting is the Boomer Years. The program will focus on events from the 1950s, 60s and early 70s that changed our culture. The meeting runs from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center auditorium. A reception will follow.