Issue 5: Spring 2015 Authors

  • 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.  Rony’s involvement with the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) led her to … Continue Reading ››

  • Maureen DeLorenzo

    Maureen DeLorenzo is a Geriatric Care Manager at Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Services. She graduated with a Masters degree in Social Work and certification in Jewish Communal Services from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiller School of Social Work in New York. Maureen is also a registered health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Maureen has … Continue Reading ››

  • Dr. George Halasz

    Dr. George Halasz

    Article: Beshert-It Was Meant to Be 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 has a private psychiatry practice. From 1992-2005, Dr. Halasz was a member of the editorial boards of the Australian and … 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 ››

  • 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 ››

  • 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 ››

  • 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 ››

  • 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 ››



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