Daniel Brooks is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and the founder of 3GNY. He started this group because he feels that by coming together as a community, grandchildren of survivors would be more effective in exploring what their legacy is, how to articulate it and how to pass it on. Daniel volunteers as a Museum Educator at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. He has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University and resides in Astoria, New York.
Julie L. Cohen
Julie L. Cohen is the grandchild of two Holocaust survivors and a founding member of 3GNY. Julie was a Lipper Intern at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in downtown Manhattan, where she taught students in local schools about the Holocaust, and also participated in the Birthright Israel NEXT Holocaust Mini Masters program which included a trip to Poland and Prague. Julie works full time in marketing and communications at a law firm, and is a freelance photographer. She has a B.A. from Rutgers University, and is currently working towards an M.S. in Strategic Communications at Columbia University.
Leora Klein is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and a founding member of 3GNY. Leora was a Museum Educator at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. She assisted students in exploring the history of racism and prejudice in America and in learning about the Holocaust. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Leora is a teacher and a freelance writer and resides in Manhattan.
David Polen is a grandchild of two Holocaust survivors and has been active in planning and organizing events with 3GNY since 2005. His interest in the group came about from trying to find meaning in remembrance and wanting to connect with people with shared histories. David has a B.S. from Cornell University and lives in the metropolitan area.
Rachel Spring is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors on both sides of the family. Growing up hearing their stories of survival and of so many lives lost, created in her a deep-rooted desire to nurture and maintain her family’s history and traditions. Rachel’s involvement in 3GNY has helped perpetuate their stories, educate others, and serve as a social network for those who have similar backgrounds. Rachel was born and raised in New Jersey. She studied fashion marketing at The Fashion Institute of Technology and currently resides in Manhattan where she runs a fashion showroom.
Gayle Steinweis is a grandchild of two Holocaust survivors and became a leader with 3GNY in 2005. She joined the group to connect with others who wanted to carry on the legacy of those who died, and pass on the stories of those who survived. Gayle traveled to Poland and visited the towns where her grandparents came from, which gave her a deeper understanding of her past. Gayle earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She grew up in Long Island, lives in Manhattan and works in marketing at UJA-Federation of New York.