It’s hard to believe that the Nisei Lunch program will be starting its ninth year of serving meals. Although the makeup of our guest list has changed over the years from serving a predominantly Nisei generation to a mix of Nisei and Sansei, our mission remains the same. We focus on serving the community and providing a program that allows our guests a place to gather once a month to share a meal with old friends and to make new friends.
We are less than a year away from the eightieth anniversary (October 2024) of the liberation of the Vosges communities of Bruyères, Bellmont, Biffontaine, and the near miraculous rescue of the Lost Texas Battalion.
On January 13th, several Kenjin-kai organizations and Nikkei community groups gathered at the NVC Memorial Hall for an exciting Mochi Tsuki event. Christina Swadener from the Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjin-kai led the mochi making which included over 40 invited attendees and 150 volunteers from different Kenjin-dkai communities.
At 10:00 pm on December 31, 2023, an intruder broke into the temple and sought refuge in the basement. Shortly after, the individual committed arson, resulting in considerable fire and water damage to the basement area. The smoke and water damage extended throughout the entire temple, prompting its closure to all.
The Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law school students dedicated to improving the lives of workers. The Players Trust awards $50,000 annually to fund up to five scholarships at a minimum of $10,000 each.