Our Contributors

  • Dr. Yoram Barak


    Dr. Yoram Barak is an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel-Aviv University, and director of the Psychogeriatric Department at the Abarbanel Mental Health Center. Trained in medicine and psychiatry at the Sackler School of Medicine, he became an Israel Medical Scientific Council Specialist in Psychiatry in 1993, and was awarded … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Barbara Bedney, PhD, MSW

    Barbara Bedney, PhD, MSW, is Director of Program Planning and Evaluation at The Jewish Federations of North America. She helps the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care grantees with goal‐setting, evaluation, and measuring impact and disseminates service models and best practices throughout the Federation Movement. Her areas of expertise include aging, family caregiving, and program planning and evaluation, and … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Rakel Berenbaum

    Rakel Berenbaum

    Article: SNOEZELEN ROOMS: PRESERVING MEMORIES OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WITH DEMENTIA Rakel Berenbaum has a B.A. in Education and Computers, and an M.A. in Gerontology. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of aging, working primarily with people with dementia. She was director of one of Melabev’s Day Care centers, has worked extensively with … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Betyna Bock

    Betyna Bock was born in Prague in 1946 after War War II. She emigrated to Sydney in 1948 with her parents, who were Holocaust survivors. Betyna began to write poetry and prose when she was 12 years old. She attended the Conservatorium High School of Music and then the University of Sydney, where she studied … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Rony Bognar

    Rony Bognar Bio Photo

    Rony Bognar has been the Volunteer Manager at the Sydney Jewish Museum for 12 years. Born in Israel and the child of Holocaust Survivors, Rony has constantly worked and/or volunteered in Jewish organizations for the betterment of the Sydney Jewish Community and Israel.

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  • Chavie Brumer, LCSW-R

    Article: Never Forget-Never Enough | The Indestructible Jewish Soul Ms. Brumer holds a Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University and has over 17 years of clinical experience working with individuals and families, including trauma survivors.  She works at the Claims Conference overseeing several programs, including this Kavod journal. Continue reading →

  • Amy Clements-Cortés

    Amy Clements-Cortes

    Amy Clements-Cortés, Ph.D., MusM, MTA, Mt-BC, FAMI is an academic advisor and instructor of music therapy at the University of Windsor, as well as a contracted academic staff member and clinical supervisor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also a senior music therapist at Baycrest Centre, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Clements-Cortés began her career as a music … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Yael Danieli, PhD

    Yael Danieli

    Article: A Multidimensional Exploration of the Effects of Identity Ruptures in Israeli and North American Holocaust Survivors Dr. Yael Danieli is a clinical psychologist in private practice, a victimologist, traumatologist, and the Director of the Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, which she co-founded in 1975 in the New York City area – the … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Paula David MSW, Ph.D

    Paula David MSW, Ph.D

    Paula David MSW, Ph.D teaches full-time at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, lecturing in gerontology and clinical practice courses in the MSW Program.  Both her area of research and her front line work focuses on issues related to aging Holocaust survivors, their families and health care providers.  Prior to entering the academic world, … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Maureen DeLorenzo

    Maureen DeLorenzo is a Geriatric Care Manager at Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

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  • Michael Eisinger

    Michael Eisinger is the Assistant Project Manager at the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. While completing his Master’s in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Chester University, he participated in several international academic and research programs and was invited to speak at conferences, seminars, and symposiums on the subject of the Holocaust and genocide. After graduating, Michael deepened … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Irit Felsen, Ph.D.

    Irit Felsen

    Article: Encounters with Chronic Psychiatric Holocaust Survivors: Trauma, Psychosis and Functionality Irit Felsen, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma and traumatic loss, with a special focus on Holocaust survivors and their families. Dr. Felsen received her Ph.D from the University of Hamburg, Germany and completed her post-doctoral training at Yale University. She is … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Michelle Fishman

    Born in Toronto, Canada and a grandchild of four Holocaust survivor grandparents, Ms. Fishman always had a unique fascination with the Holocaust.   She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University in 2010 and her Masters of Arts in History, specializing in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Eva Fogelman

    Dr. Eva Fogelman, Ph.D

    Article: PSYCHOLOGICAL DYNAMICS IN AGING SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST Eva Fogelman, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in New York City.  She is co-director of Child Development Research.  Dr. Fogelman was the co-founder and co-director of Psychotherapy With Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas and founding director of Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Jenni Frumer LCSW

    Jenni Frumer LCSW

    Jenni Frumer LCSW is the Associate Executive Director at the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service (AJFCS) and Jewish Residential and Family Service (JRFS) in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and a Mental Health Counselor, has National Board Certification in Geriatric Counseling and is a National Certified Guardian. Ms. Frumer … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Debra Greenberg MSW, Ph.D

    Debra Greenberg

    Debra Greenberg MSW, Ph.D is the senior psychiatric social worker within Montefiore’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, and an instructor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has extensive experience in training and program development, as well as direct care of Holocaust survivors and their families. Her dissertation focused on older Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Lois Griff

    Article: HOW A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR INCORPORATES SPIRITUALITY INTO HER LIFE: A CASE STUDY Lois Griff was born in Waltham, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree at McGill University and her MSW from Columbia University. She has been a social worker since 1984 and has worked for most of her career with the elderly.  She was raised … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Dr. George Halasz

    Dr. George Halasz

    Article: Reflections from Son of Saul to Son of Alice Beshert-It Was Meant to Be Trauma in a Residential Setting Manifestations of Generational Trauma Dr. Halasz is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, consultant and adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. He also … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Judith Hassan

    Judith Hassan

    Judith Hassan was awarded a Bachelors of Science in Human Relations (Joint Honours in Psychology and Sociology), followed by a postgraduate qualification at London University in Social Work (Distinction). Ms. Hassan has worked for 43 years at Jewish Care in England. Her role as director of services for Holocaust Survivors and Refugees there included ongoing direct … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Ana Hermanovic

    Ana Hermanovic

    Ana Hermanovic was born in 1981 in Zagreb.   She graduated in social work at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb and has worked in Jewish Community Zagreb since 2007. During her studies, Ms. Hermanovic served as project assistant on the Health and Social Research of Holocaust survivors in Croatia at the … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Simonne Beckeld Hirschhorn

    Simonne Beckeld Hirschhorn

    Simonne Beckeld Hirschhorn was born and raised in Sweden.  With a BA in Art History from the University of Uppsala, she developed a multitasking career as a foreign languages high school teacher, art critic, and lecturer.  Her career gradually turned to Jewish topics.  She worked for the Jewish Community of Stockholm for over a decade as … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Bea Hollander-Goldfein

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    Since 1991, Bea Hollander-Goldfein has been the director of the Transcending Trauma Project, a comprehensive research project investigating coping and adaptation after extreme trauma at the Council for Relationships (CFR). CFR, the Division of Couple and Family Studies in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, part of the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, is a non-profit … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Adeena Horowitz, LMSW

    Administrative Director, Nazi Victim Services Program Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. Articles: Witness Theater in New York: Transforming Holocaust Survivors, High School Students and Communities through Therapeutic Theater Adeena Horowitz is the Administrative Director of Nazi Victim Services at Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.  She has worked in the field of aging for over 20 years and at Selfhelp since … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Nechama Horwitz


    Nechama Horwitz works remotely from Jerusalem as a research assistant for the Transcending Trauma Project. She has a BA from Brandeis University in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and Politics, and an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Political Science where she received the Dean’s Fellowship and the Rector’s Award in 2010. She also … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Nancy Isserman Ph.D.

    Nancy Isserman

    Nancy Isserman Ph.D. is a senior research Fellow at the Council for Relationships. Since 1993, Dr. Isserman has been the co-director of the Transcending Trauma Project, a qualitative research project consisting of in-depth interviews of almost 300 Holocaust survivors and three generation family members on resilience and coping before, during and after World War II. She … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Emily Kaplan

    Emily Kaplan is the Project Coordinator for Holocaust Survivor Services at Jewish Family and Career Services in Atlanta, Georgia. She has served in this capacity for nearly two years and highly values the opportunity to provide Holocaust survivors with various services and outlets in order to enhance their lives and empower them to continue making … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Magalí Kaplan

    magali kaplan

    Magalí Kaplan is a projects manager at Jewish Care in Victoria, Australia, responsible for the administration and distribution of Claims Conference funds to Victorian Holocaust Survivors, as well as the distribution of emergency aid supports to Holocaust Survivors. In addition, Magalí has worked on a number of research projects and publications, including a report on caring … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Tatiana Kastner

    Tatiana Kastner is a Gerontological Social Worker at Edmonton Jewish Family Services. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University in Montreal. She has many years of experience working with immigrants and helping them to fulfil their potential. Tatiana speaks English, French, Russian, and Hebrew, which enables her to connect to … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Natan PF Kellermann, Ph.D

    Natan PF Kellermann, Ph.D

    Natan PF Kellermann, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist, an international trainer of psychodrama and sociodrama, and an author of books and papers on various subjects. View a complete list of publications.  He held different positions in Amcha: The National Israeli Center for Psychosocial Support of Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation between 1996 and 2011 … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Gary Kennedy MD

    Gary Kennedy, MD

    Gary Kennedy MD is a professor and the Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His publication on the Professional Exchange Program to Israel, sponsored by … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Deb Kram

    Deb Kram is the Client Outreach Manager for the Claims Conference. Kram came to her work at the Claims Conference following a prominent career in adult education in Boston, where she launched Ma’ayan, an award-winning program for the study of Jewish texts, as its founding Program Director, and had served as the Director of Adult … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Robert Krell

    Articles: CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: SURVIVOR RESILIENCE | A MEASURE OF FAITH:  CHILD HOLOCAUST | SURVIVORS AND THEIR SPIRITUAL DILEMMA | PREPARING FOR THE CARE OF THE AGING CHILD SURVIVOR OF THE HOLOCAUST Robert Krell M.D., F.R.C.P.(C) Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, The University of British Columbia Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association Dr. Krell was born in The Hague, Holland on August 5th, … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Carla Lessing LCSW


    Carla Lessing LCSW is a Holocaust survivor who was hidden in Holland for thirty months. She graduated from the Columbia University School of Social Work and acquired a Certificate in Advanced Clinical Social Work from New York University. Mrs. Lessing worked at the Rockland County Community Mental Health Center in Pomona, New York for twenty years … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Aviva Lion

    Aviva Lion

    Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ms. Lion is a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Palestine in August 1944 on the Morino, the only one of three boats that arrived safely from Constantinople.  She is also a wife and mother of three.  From 1948 until 1961, she worked for the Absorption Department of the Jewish Agency and … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Rod Myer

    Rod Myer

    Rod Myer is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He has spent 25 years working as a business journalist in print and online and has written and published two biographies of Australian business figures and a book of his own poems. He has worked in politics as a speech writer and researcher as well. Finally, Mr. … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Moshe Nizri

    Moshe Nizri, M.A., Social Worker, Haifa Treatment Center for Substance Abuse, and University of Haifa, School of Social Work.

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  • Fran H. Norris, PhD

    Fran H. Norris, PhD

    Fran H. Norris, PhD retired from academia in 2014. She was most recently a research professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Hanover, NH, USA), where she was also affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. Before that she was a professor of Psychology … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Radek Samuel Roule Ph.D

    foto R.R. - HagiborRadek Samuel Roule Ph.D was born in the Czech Republic. He was raised together with his brother and sister; and three went through the Charles University of Prague. Dr. Roule started his academic life in 1999. After his studies in Science of Religion he pursued studies in Psycho-Social … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Shmuel Reis MD, MHPE

    Shmuel Reis MD, MHPE

    Shmuel Reis MD, MHPE is a family physician in an integrated health and social services health center in Northern Israel. He is the Professor and Chairperson of the Division of Family Medicine and immediate past-chair of Medical Education in the Technion  [Israel Institute of Technology] Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel. He also coordinates the The … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Rochelle Saidel

    Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel

    Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel is the founder and executive director of Remember the Women Institute, a non-profit organization based in New York City that carries out and encourages research and cultural projects that integrate women into history. Her own focus is on women during the Holocaust. She is co-editor of “Sexual Violence against Jewish Women … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Halina Rosenkranz

    Halina RosenKranz

    Learning about the Holocaust, its impact on those who survived, their families and future generations has been a life-long commitment and endeavor for Halina Rosenkranz, a geriatric counselor and Holocaust educator.  Born in Poland to Holocaust survivor parents, Ms. Rosenkranz came to the United States at age six, at which time her journey to understand … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Susan Hersh Sachs

    Susan Hersh Sachs

    Ms. Sachs was born in McKeesport, PA in 1942.  She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Chicago.  Inspired by a trip to Jerusalem in 1962, she made aliyah 25 years later and had several jobs, including freelance writing, teaching English, working in the public relations office of Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem.  … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Alessandra Scalmati MD, Ph.D

    Alessandra Scalmati MD, Ph.D

    Alessandra Scalmati MD, Ph.D is the Associate Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program, Montefiore Medical Center. For several years she has been the consulting psychiatrist to the Bronx Holocaust Survivor Project and has extensive experience with direct clinical services as well as staff support. Continue reading →

  • Naomi Shacham

    Israeli-born of an Israeli war veteran (Independence War in 1948)and a Polish Holocaust survivor, Mrs. Shacham spent a part of her childhood in Berkeley, California.  After serving in the Israeli army, she went on to study for her B.A. in Sociology and Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1985, she received … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Svetlana Shklarov MD, Ph.D, RSW

    Svetlana Shklarov MD, Ph.D, RSW

    Svetlana Shklarov MD, Ph.D, RSW is a Calgary-based researcher and university instructor who writes and teaches about trauma, resilience, disability and mental health. Svetlana is a daughter of Holocaust survivors, and was born and raised in the Soviet Union. She was trained as a physician in Moscow, and practiced pediatric medicine in Russia and Israel. After … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Charles Silow, PhD

    Dr. Charles Silow

    Dr. Charles Silow is a psychologist and the Director of the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families of Jewish Senior Life of metropolitan Detroit. Since 1993, the Program has conducted psychosocial programming for the Holocaust survivor community, which includes support groups and counseling sessions for survivors and second generation survivors, Café Europa which is a monthly … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Eli Somer

    Eli Somer, Ph.D. completed his doctorate at the University of Florida in 1984.  He is a second-generation survivor of the Holocaust, an Israeli war veteran and peace activist. He is the former president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and of the European Society for Trauma and DissociationContinue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Renee Symonds

    Renee Symonds

    Renee has run a successful private practice in Sydney for many years. During that time, she combined her personal knowledge (as the only child of Holocaust survivors) with her professional experience to create a Holocaust Awareness Program at the Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home. The program was used to train all staff there to ensure … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Paul Valent     

    Paul Valent is a child survivor of the Holocaust and founder of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust Group in Melbourne, Australia. His professional background is psychiatry, psychotherapy, and traumatology. He co-founded and is past president of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. His books and many papers, with a special section … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Eva Weiss MEd, EdS


    Eva Weiss MEd, EdS has been the lead coordinator of the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program at Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Palm Beach County, Florida, since its inception in 1995.   Born in Lvov, Russia, Ms. Weiss is the daughter of Polish Holocaust Survivors.  She has Master’s and Specialist’s degrees in Counseling and Education, and … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Rabbi Ronald Weiss

    Rabbi Ronald Weiss

    Article: JEWISH HOSPICE – AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Rabbi Ronald Weiss received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University; a Masters degree in Jewish Education and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva University.  He was a pulpit rabbi for twelve years, serving congregational communities in Binghamton, New York and Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Rabbi Weiss … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

  • Toby Weiss

    Toby Weiss is the Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care.  She manages grant-funded programs charged with improving access to palliative care for Jewish communities, and with educating clinicians and caregivers about the special needs of Holocaust survivors when facing advanced and serious illness. In addition to her … Continue Reading ›› Continue reading →

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