Our Contributors

  • Dr. Yoram Barak

    Dr. Yoram Barak

    Article: Aging Child Survivors 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 ...

  • Barbara Bedney, PhD, MSW

    Barbara Bedney, PhD, MSW

    Article: http://kavod.claimscon.org/2020/01/principles-and-practices-for-implementing-person-centered-trauma-informed-care-for-holocaust-survivors-and-other-older-adults/ 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • David Boas

    David Boas

    Article: A victory for father’s sake David Boas is a prominent Israeli macroeconomist with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Mr. Boas held ...

  • Betyna Bock

    Betyna Bock

    Poetry Collections: Spring 2020; Spring 2019; Spring 2018 Betyna Bock was born in Prague in 1946 after War War II. She emigrated to Sydney in 1948 with her parents, who ...

  • Rony Bognar

    Rony Bognar

    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 ...

  • Chavie Brumer, LCSW-R

    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, ...

  • Carly M. Bruski

    Carly M. Bruski

    Article: The Tasty Travels Club for Holocaust Survivors at JFCS of Greater Philadelphia Carly M. Bruski is a licensed social worker and the Assistant Director of the Holocaust Survivor ...

  • Amy Clements-Cortés

    Amy Clements-Cortés

    Articles: Healing Water: Guided Imagery and Music Therapy; Music Therapy Amy Clements-Cortés, Ph.D., MusM, MTA, Mt-BC, FAMI is an academic advisor and instructor of music therapy at the University ...

  • Yael Danieli, PhD

    Yael Danieli, PhD

    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 ...

  • Paula David MSW, Ph.D

    Paula David MSW, Ph.D

    Article: Aging Holocaust Survivors: An Evolution of Understanding 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 ...

  • Maureen DeLorenzo

    Maureen DeLorenzo

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

  • Elizabeth Edelstein

    Elizabeth Edelstein

    Article: Holocaust Survivors as Participant Educators: Giving Space to Lived Experience of Social Trauma in Collective Memory Elizabeth Edelstein is the Vice President for Education at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – ...

  • Michael Eisinger

    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 Westchester University, he participated in ...

  • Irit Felsen, Ph.D.

    Irit Felsen, Ph.D.

    Articles: Holocaust Survivors as Participant Educators: Giving Space to Lived Experience of Social Trauma in Collective Memory ;  Encounters with Chronic Psychiatric Holocaust Survivors: Trauma, Psychosis and Functionality Irit Felsen, PhD is a ...

  • Michelle Fishman

    Michelle Fishman

    Article: Life Beyond Despair 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 ...

  • Eva Fogelman

    Eva Fogelman

    Articles: Telling Your Children about the Holocaust ; 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 ...

  • Jenni Frumer LCSW

    Jenni Frumer LCSW

    Article: A Partnership Model to Reduce Isolation and Enhance the Well-Being of Survivors in Palm Beach County’s Gated-Communities Jenni Frumer LCSW is the Associate Executive Director at the Alpert Jewish Family & ...

  • Myra Giberovitch

    Myra Giberovitch

    Article: 8 Transcending Victimization through Empowerment Myra Giberovitch is a consultant, educator, speaker and Adjunct Professor at the McGill School of Social Work. She is the author of Recovering ...

  • Debra Greenberg MSW, Ph.D

    Debra Greenberg MSW, Ph.D

    Article: An Alliance for the Mental Health of Holocaust Survivors Debra Greenberg MSW, Ph.D is the senior psychiatric social worker within Montefiore’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, and an instructor at Albert Einstein ...

  • Lois Griff

    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 ...

  • Dr. George Halasz

    Dr. George Halasz

    Article: Reflections from Son of Saul to Son of AliceBeshert-It Was Meant to BeTrauma in a Residential SettingManifestations of Generational Trauma Dr. Halasz is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, consultant and adjunct senior ...

  • Judith Hassan

    Judith Hassan

    Article: Conference Presentation: End of Life 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 ...

  • Ana Hermanovic

    Ana Hermanovic

    Article: Social Work with Holocaust Survivors in Isolated Communities Ana Hermanovic was born in 1981 in Zagreb.   She graduated in social work at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Law, University ...

  • Simonne Beckeld Hirschhorn

    Simonne Beckeld Hirschhorn

    Article: Club Nissim – Every Member a Living Miracle Simonne Beckeld Hirschhorn was born and raised in Sweden.  With a BA in Art History from the University of Uppsala, she developed a ...

  • Bea Hollander-Goldfein

    Bea Hollander-Goldfein

    Article: Wartime Experiences and Late Life Coping 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 ...

  • Adeena Horowitz, LMSW

    Adeena Horowitz, LMSW

    Administrative Director, Nazi Victim Services ProgramSelfhelp 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 ...

  • Nechama Horwitz

    Nechama Horwitz

    Article: Wartime Experiences and Late Life Coping 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 ...

  • Nancy Isserman Ph.D.

    Nancy Isserman Ph.D.

    Article: Wartime Experiences and Late Life Coping 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 ...

  • Emily Kaplan

    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 ...

  • Magalí Kaplan

    Magalí Kaplan

    Article: Trauma in a Residential Setting 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, ...

  • Tatiana Kastner

    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 ...

  • Natan PF Kellermann, Ph.D

    Natan PF Kellermann, Ph.D

    Article: What’s in a Name? 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 ...

  • Gary Kennedy MD

    Gary Kennedy MD

    Article: An Alliance for the Mental Health of Holocaust Survivors Gary Kennedy MD is a professor and the Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program ...

  • Mariya Keselman

    Mariya Keselman

    Article: Resilience through Art: Art Therapy with Holocaust Survivors from the Former Soviet Union Mariya Keselman, MA, ATR-BC, LPC – is a counseling and program manager and a creative ...

  • Deb Kram

    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 ...

  • Robert Krell

    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 Survivors of the Holocaust Robert Krell M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)Professor Emeritus, Department of ...

  • Maggie leone

    Maggie leone

    Article: Flashes of Memory: The Survivor Story of Irene Lewkowicz Shashar Maggie Leone is a graduate of Oakland Catholic High School in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is ...

  • Carla Lessing LCSW

    Carla Lessing LCSW

    Article: Holocaust Survivors of Sexual Abuse 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 ...

  • Aviva Lion

    Aviva Lion

    Aviva Lion Article: Looking Back, Being Here and Glimpsing at the Future: Eleven Years in the Life of a Group of Women Survivors, Under the Auspices of AMCHA Born in Bucharest, Romania, ...

  • Leah Bergen Miller

    Leah Bergen Miller

    Article: Principles and Practices for Implementing Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care for Holocaust Survivors and Other Older Adults Leah Bergen Miller, Senior Project Manager, launched the JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor ...

  • Rod Myer

    Rod Myer

    Article: Trauma in a Residential Setting 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 ...

  • Moshe Nizri

    Moshe Nizri

    Article: Ripples of Trauma and Resilience: Partner Relationships among Second-Generation Survivors of the Holocaust Moshe Nizri, M.A., Social Worker, Haifa Treatment Center for Substance Abuse, and University of Haifa, School of Social Work.

  • Fran H. Norris, PhD

    Fran H. Norris, PhD

    Article: A Multidimensional Exploration of the Effects of Identity Ruptures in Israeli and North American Holocaust Survivors Fran H. Norris, PhD retired from academia in 2014. She was most recently a ...

  • Radek Samuel Roule Ph.D

    Radek Samuel Roule Ph.D

    Article: Hagibor Social Care Facility Radek 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 ...

  • Alyssa Reiner

    Alyssa Reiner

    Article: Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy with Holocaust Survivors and their Family Caregivers Alyssa Reiner is a social worker and program manager at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ. She provides counseling/case management ...

  • Shmuel Reis MD, MHPE

    Shmuel Reis MD, MHPE

    Article: Small Things in the Morning that Bring Joy Shmuel Reis MD, MHPE is a family physician in an integrated health and social services health center in Northern Israel. He is the ...

  • Rochelle Saidel

    Rochelle Saidel

    photo: Jeff F. Segall Article: Holocaust Survivors of Sexual Violence Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel is the founder and executive director of Remember the Women Institute, a non-profit organization based in New York ...

  • Halina Rosenkranz

    Halina Rosenkranz

    Article: Scars of the Past – Group Work with Holocaust Survivors and Descendants Learning about the Holocaust, its impact on those who survived, their families and future generations has been a ...

  • Susan Hersh Sachs

    Susan Hersh Sachs

    Article: For Decades I Was Silent: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey Back to Faith – The Memoirs of Baruch G. Goldstein Ms. Sachs was born in McKeesport, PA in 1942.  She has ...

  • Alessandra Scalmati MD, Ph.D

    Alessandra Scalmati MD, Ph.D

    Article: An Alliance for the Mental Health of Holocaust Survivors Alessandra Scalmati MD, Ph.D is the Associate Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program, Montefiore Medical ...

  • Naomi Shacham

    Naomi Shacham

    Article: “Food & Love” – On the Role of the “Coordinator of Services for Holocaust survivors” at the Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Israel Israeli-born of an Israeli war veteran (Independence ...

  • Svetlana Shklarov MD, Ph.D, RSW

    Svetlana Shklarov MD, Ph.D, RSW

    Articles: Early Trauma and Resilience; Soviet Jewish Child Survivors 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. ...

  • Charles Silow, PhD

    Charles Silow, PhD

    Article: Witness Theater at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield, Michigan Dr. Charles Silow is a psychologist and the Director of the Program for Holocaust Survivors and ...

  • Eli Somer

    Eli Somer

    Article: Ripples of Trauma and Resilience: Partner Relationships among Second-Generation Survivors of the Holocaust Eli Somer, Ph.D. completed his doctorate at the University of Florida in 1984.  He is ...

  • Philipp Sonntag

    Philipp Sonntag

    Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Sonntag is a board member and treasurer of the German Child Survivors. As a physicist, he has written several books regarding technology assessments, and atomic warfare, ...

  • Renee Symonds

    Renee Symonds

    Article: Max, An Unconventional Father; The Long Goodbye Renee has run a successful private practice in Sydney for many years. During that time, she combined her personal knowledge (as the only ...

  • Paul Valent     

    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. ...

  • Eva Weiss MEd, EdS

    Eva Weiss MEd, EdS

    Article: A Partnership Model to Reduce Isolation and Enhance the Well-Being of Survivors in Palm Beach County’s Gated-Communities Eva Weiss MEd, EdS has been the lead coordinator of the Holocaust Survivor Assistance ...

  • 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 ...

  • Toby Weiss

    Toby Weiss

    Article: Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at End-of-Life MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, August 2013 Toby Weiss is the Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming for MJHS Hospice and ...

  • Shelley Rood Wernick

    Shelley Rood Wernick

    Article: Principles and Practices for Implementing Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care for Holocaust Survivors and Other Older Adults Shelley Rood Wernick is the Director of the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor ...

  • Sara Zenlea

    Sara Zenlea

    Article: L’Dor Vador: Holocaust Survivor Story Sharing Project Sara Zenlea is a Holocaust Case Manager at Alpert Jewish Family Service. In addition to addressing her clients’ individual needs, Ms. Zenlea focuses ...

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