Volume I Contributors

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 Care at The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Launched in 2015 with a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this program supports Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed services to Holocaust survivors through subgrants to local service providers, a resource center, and outreach to members of the aging services network. Previously, Shelley advocated on behalf of JFNA and the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, conveying policy priorities to Congress and the White House and training communities to advocate for the populations they serve. On behalf of Federations, Shelley led the Congressional initiative to install the Jewish Chaplains Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Before joining the nonprofit sector, Shelley was a foreign policy advisor on Capitol Hill. Shelley earned an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Florida. Shelley is a board member of Hillel at the University of Florida.

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 arts therapist at KleinLife. She has worked in medical, psychiatric and community settings with individuals who experienced medical, mental health, complex trauma, collective trauma, genocide, persecution, and acculturation concerns. Keselman uses intersectional and social justice lenses, and a person-centered, trauma-informed approach in her practice. At Kleinlife, she is dedicating to providing holistic wellness, creative arts therapies and counseling services.  She coordinates a program for Holocaust Survivors from the former Soviet Union, and conducts art therapy and counseling sessions with program participants.

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 currently a junior studying journalism in the College of Communication at Boston University. As a result of a religion/history course titled “The Holocaust,” Maggie’s interest in the subject grew exponentially and she came in contact with survivor Irene Shashar, with whom she began a collaboration. The two hope to produce a memoir detailing Irene’s tragic history and they are excited to see what the future holds for both their project and their friendship.

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 Care over four years ago. From 1999 to 2015, she dedicated herself to the field of refugee resettlement, working as a case worker at Church World Service-Joint Voluntary Agency in Nairobi, Kenya and as an employment advocate at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area in Silver Spring, MD. She also worked for nearly seven years at HIAS — which aided her Holocaust survivor grandparents — as both a Program Manager and an Advocate for Refugees and Asylum. Before graduating from American University’s School of International Service with a degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, she processed asylum applications at the Arlington Asylum Office.

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 from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors (University of Toronto Press, 2014). In the 1980s, she started the first community-based social service program for Holocaust survivors in Canada and founded and managed Services for Holocaust Survivors and their Families at the Cummings Centre in Montreal. Myra conducts training workshops for healthcare and social service providers and offers clinical consultation and supervision. She is the daughter of Holocaust Survivors from the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz. Myra is the proud mother of three children and grandmother of six grandchildren. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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 various key positions in the public sector, including the Director of Budgets in Israel’s Ministry of Finance (in the early nineties), strategic consultant to the Minister of Communication, and spearheaded various public committees. In the private sector, David served on the board of directors of several Israeli banks and investment companies and was the president of a software company. David also served as the chairman of the Israeli National Theater – “Habima”, and currently, is the chairman of the Israeli Film Fund. David is a board member on the Claims Conference since 2016. 

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 services as well as yoga therapy to Holocaust Survivors and their family caregivers. Alyssa holds an MSW from Boston University, and is a Yoga Alliance accredited yoga instructor. Alyssa has completed additional trainings in mindfulness education and trauma-informed yoga to create a holistic approach to person- centered, trauma- informed care.

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 Support Program at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia (JFCS). Carly is also the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (MCAT) since October 2018. Carly has over 10 years of experience in social services working with survivors of trauma and gender-based violence. Carly has made providing trauma-informed care a cornerstone of her social work practice and has educated student, service provider, law enforcement, health care personnel, and community member audiences on the importance of trauma awareness and culturally-sensitive services across sectors. She is a Pennsylvania-certified counselor in intimate partner violence and sexual assault and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Women’s Studies. In 2014, Carly received her Master’s degree in social work from Temple University.

Philipp Sonntag

Article: German Child Survivors in Action

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, including the human factor, information in society, and innovations, such as the Bionic Saw. For publications see:


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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 on executing intergenerational community programs for Holocaust survivors in Palm Beach County, and has worked with educational programs for caregivers to bridge gaps in understanding of the Holocaust

Ms. Zenlea has worked with Holocaust survivors for more than 10 years. Prior to her work with survivors, she did case management for underserved older adults in Chicago.  Ms. Zenlea also served as a care consultant with the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Ms. Zenlea holds an M.S.W. from Florida Atlantic University with certification in Geriatric Social Work.  She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a qualified Supervisor with the State of Florida.

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 – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. At the Museum, Ms. Edelstein and her colleagues develop programs about 20th and 21st century Jewish history and the Holocaust for students, teachers, and adult visitors.

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 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 she has created numerous
resource materials, and trainings. Previously, Barbara worked at the University of Illinois‐Chicago on an HIV prevention project for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; examined national long‐term care needs and trends at the University of California, San Francisco; and practiced Social Work in New York City. She received her Ph.D in Sociology from
the University of California, San Francisco, her MSW from New York University, and her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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 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 psychology and music. Later on, she also took up singing.

After graduating from university, Betyna went on to practice as a psychologist/psychotherapist. She now works in private practice under her married name Bettina Ebert. Over the past fifteen years Betyna has sung Yiddish and Hebrew with her daughter Nogah. Her son Benjamin has followed in his mother’s footsteps to become a psychologist. Betyna’s current poetry is about her experiences as the only daughter of her Holocaust survivor parents.

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 Learning for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. An alumna of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows, Kram has lectured across North America and Israel, and has taught as visiting faculty at Brandeis University’s Center for Studies in Jewish Education.

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 her clients in their mother tongue. In the last five years, she has worked with Holocaust survivors as an intake worker and a case manager. In addition to practical Social Work, she is integrating counselling into her practice, and applying the T.E.A.M. therapy method. Tatiana is also enthusiastic about use of digital technologies in homecare and other helping professions.

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 choices at their current stage of life. Prior to working with Holocaust survivors, Emily taught and evaluated children with special needs. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

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 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 his knowledge of Holocaust survivor care as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit. There, he helped enhance services and outreach to local Holocaust survivors and developed and implemented a staff training program on survivor history. In his spare time, Michael is pursuing a PhD in Philology, focusing on Holocaust survivor testimony, at Justus‐Liebig‐Universität
Gießen in Giessen, Germany.

Rabbi Ronald Weiss

Rabbi Ronald Weiss


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 moved to Toronto in July, 1994, where he serves as the Director of Chaplaincy Services at Jewish Family and Child Services. As mandated by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, he is responsible for overseeing the spiritual and religious care received by Jewish patients in 41 hospitals, Jewish residents in 55 long-term care facilities as well as Jewish inmates in 26 Ontario correctional institutions on the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels.

Rabbi Weiss represents the Jewish community on the Ontario Multi-faith Council for Spiritual and Religious Care, on which he served for many years as a member of its Executive Board.  He is the only rabbi in Toronto to carry a badge – serving as a Chaplain-at-large for the Toronto Police Service; as well he is an advisor to the York Region Police Service and works with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Rabbi Weiss is the chaplain of the Jewish Hospice Program and provides spiritual care and counselling to the terminally ill in the Jewish community.

Rakel Berenbaum

Rakel Berenbaum


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 volunteers, and has developed learning materials to teach about aging, including three books she edited on dementia care.

Rakel’s in-laws are survivors, and she encourages them to share their stories and lessons from the time of the Holocaust with the younger generation.

Eva Fogelman

Dr. Eva Fogelman, Ph.D

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 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 (ne Foundation for the Righteous). She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize nominee Conscience and Courage:  Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust and author and co-producer of the award-winning documentary, Breaking the Silence:  The Generation After the Holocaust.

Lois Griff


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 in what would be called today a ‘conservadox’ household.  She took a mini class on Spirituality, sponsored by UJA and Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.  She was inspired by that class and tries to use spirituality and social work techniques as often as possible when working with her clients.

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 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 and Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA, USA) for many years.  Her primary areas of expertise are disaster recovery, community resilience, and trauma/PTSD. She served as the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and Scientific Editor for the PTSD Research Quarterly.

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 first such program in the world.  She has done extensive psychotherapeutic work with survivors and children of survivors on individual, family, group and community bases.  She has studied in depth post-war responses and attitudes toward them, and the impact these and the Holocaust had on their lives.  Most recently, she has created the Danieli Inventory for Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma that would allow international study of the phenomena.  She has lectured and published worldwide in numerous books and journals, translated into at least 17 languages on optimal care and training for this and other victim/survivor populations, and received several awards for her work, the most recent of which are the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) in 2002 and the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Trauma Psychology of the American Psychological Association Division 56-Trauma Psychology in 2012.  In 2008 she was appointed Advisor on Victims of Terrorism for the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and helped organize the first Symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism at the UN.  As well, she was appointed Distinguished Professor of International Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, helping to build the first Ph.D. program in international psychology.  She has served as consultant to the ICTY and the International Criminal Court on issues related to victims and staff care, consultant to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Rwanda government on reparations for victims, and has led ongoing Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Promoting a Dialogue: “Democracy Cannot Be Built with the Hands of Broken Souls”), and lectured/taught/trained in Northern Ireland.

Her books are International responses to traumatic stress…; The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Fifty years and beyond; Sharing the front line and the back hills (Baywood) – all published for and on behalf of the United Nations; International handbook of multigenerational legacies of trauma (Kluwer/ Plenum); and The trauma of terrorism: An international Handbook of sharing knowledge and shared care and On the Ground After September 11 [a finalist of Best Books 2005 Award of USA BookNews.com](Haworth Press).

Dr. Danieli is also Founding Co-President of the International network of Holocaust and Genocide Survivors and their Friends. A Founding Director of The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dr. Danieli was its (1988-1989) President.  The Report of her commissioned Presidential Task Force on Curriculum, Education, and Training for professionals working with victim/survivors was adopted by the United Nations (E/AC.57/1990/NGO.3).  She also co-chaired the ISTSS Task Force on International Trauma Training.

Dr. Danieli has been the Senior Representative to the United Nations of the World Federation for Mental Health, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, ad the International Organization for Victims Assistance, serving also as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations Associated with the UN Department of Public Information and Chair of its Publications Committee. A Founding Member of WFMH’s Scientific Committee on the Mental Health Needs of Victims, and its Chair, she has been active in developing, promoting, adapting and implementing the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power (A/RES/40/34) and all subsequent UN victims-related work, including their right to reparation (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1996/17) and the Statute and Rules regarding the victims’ central role in the International Criminal Court and as related to terrorism. As well, she has elaborated and promoted reparative justice as a unifying framework for victims’ rights’ and optimal care, from both the outcome and the process points of view.

She has served as Consultant to the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, on the Board of its International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council and is currently the Chair of the Executive Board of the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; also, consultant to the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and various governments on trauma and victim/survivor’s rights and optimal care.  In the US, she has consulted for the National Institute of Mental Health, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and, among other news organizations, Associated Press, BBC, Reuters and CNN.

She has served as Director of Psychological Services for the Center for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education in New Jersey.  Concurrent with a variety of clinical training and work, during 1970-1977 she taught Psychology at Brooklyn College and John Jay College for Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, and was faculty member and supervisor at the (U.S.) National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

Before arriving in the United States (for a Doctorate in Psychology at New York University earned in 1981), she served as a Sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces, taught and wrote in music, philosophy and psychology in Israel.


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.

Irit Felsen, Ph.D.

Irit Felsen

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 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 an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University in NY, and is in private practice in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and in Englewood, NJ. She also serves on a national emergency response team for the delivery of services following critical incidents. Dr. Felsen is a researcher with the Yale University Trauma Study Group, and her research on the effects of trauma and intergenerational transmission of trauma was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, the Journal of Psychotherapy Research, the Journal of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, the journal of Psychoanalytic Psychology, and in book chapters in the “International Handbook of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma” and the recently published book “Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimonies: Unwanted Memories”. Dr. Felsen served as the Clinical Coordinator of services for Holocaust survivors at the Jewish Family Services of Metrowest in NJ and as a NJ State Emergency Psychiatric Services Screener. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivor parents.

Charles Silow, PhD

Dr. Charles Silow

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 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 program where survivors come together for socialization, Mishpoch-Chai, a program that matches survivors with young families, a friendly visitor program together with Jewish Family Service,  a Jewish Video series, and Portraits of Honor: Our Michigan Holocaust Survivors, an interactive photographic/historical oral project in which 544 survivors have been photographed and interviewed.  Portraits of Honor is housed at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan and is available online at www.portraitsofhonor.org.

Dr. Silow is the founder and current president of C.H.A.I.M.-Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Michigan, Detroit’s second generation organization which began in 1979.

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 2000, both in her current position and as the Program Director of the Nazi Victim Service Program in Washington Heights and Penn South Program for Seniors.  Ms. Horowitz currently provides administrative oversight for the Washington Heights and Queens Nazi Victim Services Programs and coordinates special projects in the Nazi Victim Services Program.

Prior to her employment at Selfhelp, Ms. Horowitz worked at the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and at the Jewish Home and Hospital.  Ms. Horowitz is a licensed social worker and earned her graduate degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Selected accomplishments:

  • Project Manager for Witness Theater in New York, overseeing its expansion to four sites in 2015-16.
  • Organized Selfhelp’s International Conference for Professionals Working with Holocaust Survivors.  This two-day conference in honor of Selfhelp’s 75th anniversary attracted 300 participants.
  • Coordinator of Selfhelp’s Memoirs Project that matches young professional volunteers with Selfhelp Nazi victim clients to record their histories.
  • Founding member of Selfhelp’s Continuous Quality Improvement Leadership Committee.
  • Graduate of Selfhelp’s Advanced Leadership Program.



Unique Intergenerational Programs for Holocaust Survivors

June 19, 2013

New York University, Silver School of Social Work

“Global Health and Well Being: The Social Work Response”


Panel participant of collaborating organizations

Hunter College, Lois V. and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work

December 2, 2009

“Holocaust Survivors: Stories of Resilience”

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 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.  She recently retired as Director of PR and Development at Melabev, a role she had for the past 20 years.   She continues on as a volunteer for Melabev and as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Committee for Melabev.

Baruch Goldstein, most recently of Florida, Rhode Island and Israel, but originally from Poland, is one member of this larger Melabev “family” whom I was privileged to meet through my work at Melabev.  A couple years ago Baruch published his memoirs which focus on his experiences during the Shoah and his adjustments to life afterwards.   His book, “For Decades I was Silent: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey Back to Faith,” is the subject of my review, submitted to Kavod.

Melabev is a non-profit organization that operates a network of day care centers for older adults in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, which specialize in Alzheimer’s care.  Melabev professionals bring therapeutic activities to the clients’ homes and offer support groups for the family members.  Melabev relies on donations and grants from foundations, and other bodies, including the Claims Conference.  The assistance from the Claims Conference was instrumental in completing permanent day care centers in three locations in Jerusalem, where the staff and volunteers care for several hundred older adults daily.  A large percentage of the clients, their family members, and even the Friends of Melabev who help raise funds for its support, are Holocaust survivors. 


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, 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 then, having achieved social work training, worked at the Ministry of Social Affairs as supervisor.  In 1968, Ms. Lion was appointed Director of Adoption Services for the State of Israel, and also completed a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.   During the Six Day War and Yom Kippur War, she volunteered to help amputees and bereaved families.

Ms. Lion is one of the founders of the National Council for the Child, Tzad Kadima, and a Hungarian program for children with motor handicap in Budapest, as well as many organizations involved with the welfare of children.   She also completed a program in Integrated Psychotherapy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a graduate of the Imago System for couple’s therapy, and was editor of Saad, the Israeli bi-monthly social workers magazine from 1965 to 1979.  Finally, from 2003 to 2014, she worked at Amcha with Holocaust survivors as a group worker for Haredi women, as an individual caseworker, and as a couple’s therapist.


Maureen DeLorenzo

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 nearly ten years of experience working in the Jewish community, advocating and fundraising for social service programs for vulnerable Jewish communities worldwide. Most recently, Maureen’s career shifted from Jewish philanthropy and community organizing to clinical practice. Currently, Maureen is pursuing her passion of supporting older adults and their families through challenging times by providing Holocaust survivors with care management.

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 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 that they were aware of issues relevant to many of the residents. Renee is also a board member of the home.

When the Survivor Focus Group was initiated at the Sydney Jewish Museum in 2006, Renee’s expertise with Holocaust Survivors was seen as an essential element and she was asked to be a co-founder. She has been co-facilitator since that time.

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 her role there as President of WIZO New South Wales for 5 years (1992 – 1997), and then President of WIZO Australia for 6 years (1998 – 2004).

From 1995 to 2002, Rony was the Volunteer Coordinator for Aged Services at JewishCare. From there, she moved on to the Sydney Jewish Museum, where she works with volunteers, supporting all aspects of museum life.  As Volunteer Manager, working with a team of 220 volunteers, she is especially proud of the unique Survivor Focus Group, which she co-founded in 2006. She continues to co-facilitate this group.

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 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 the numbers on her parents’ arms first began. Ms. Rosenkranz has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Her professional experience in working with survivors started nearly thirty years ago when she was hired as a geriatric counselor by the Workmen’s Circle Multi-Care Center.  Currently, Ms. Rosenkranz works for the Westchester Jewish Community Services where she facilitates three support groups for survivors, child-survivors and the second generation. In addition to her group work, Ms. Rosenkranz is a Holocaust Educator; since 2009 the curriculum she created has been a key component of Ardsley Middle School’s 8th grade English unit on Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night.  She has been a guest speaker at conferences and educational facilities. In addition, Ms. Rosenkranz is a member of the education committee of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of Westchester, where she is actively involved in creating a second generation speakers bureau by training children of survivors to carry on the profoundly meaningful work of their parents—educating future generations.

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 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 Amsterdam in 2012.  Ms. Fishman’s Master’s dissertation, entitled, “The New Bearers of the Burden? An Exploration of Holocaust Memory Across Three Generations,” attempts to identify the place of the Holocaust in the individual and social identities of the third generation; to show how these descendents internalize their grandparents’ Holocaust history; and, finally, to get a sense as to whether or not this generation will play a role as the moral guardians for future generations. Currently, she is the Education Assistant at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto where she works with Holocaust survivors on a daily basis and assists with programming that educates subsequent generations on Holocaust history, its lessons and legacy.

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 on the Holocaust, can be found on www.paulvalent.com.


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.

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 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 her B.S.W. from Tel Aviv University and worked as a medical social worker at the Sheba Medical Center. From 1987 to 1989, she worked with adolescent girls at the Social Services Department of the city of Herzlia. After moving to Boston, Massachusetts in 1989, Mrs. Shacham worked as a medical social worker at the Newton–Wellesley Hospital for five years. Since her return to Israel in 1994, she has been the social worker at the Loewnstein Rehabilitation Hospital. Mrs. Shacham, who is married with 3 grown children, received her M.S.W. from Tel Aviv University in 2008.

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 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 Dissociation (ESTD). He is also the Scientific Advisor of Trauma and Dissociation Israel (TDIL). Dr. Somer is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Israel. In his scientific research, academic teaching and clinical practice, Somer focuses on the both acute and chronic psychological outcomes of mental stress and psychological trauma, as well as on trauma-related dissociation.

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 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 Jewish community work, Ms. Weiss sits on the Ethics Committee, has initiated the Cultural Diversity Committee and chairs the steering committee for the “We Honor Veterans” Hospice/VA partnership. Ms. Weiss’s expertise in developing educational and outreach programs reaches into all culturally unique communities served by MJHS, and helps build bridges of understanding that reduce barriers to accessing care and embrace the needs of the seriously ill.  Some achievements stemming from the above mentioned work include a guidebook for clinicians to improve how care is delivered to Holocaust survivors, as well as the development of distinct Jewish, Chinese and Hispanic Cultural Competency programs and tools.

Ms. Weiss brings 25 years of experience in career and organizational development, specifically in hospital and health care systems.  Her expertise in change management, strategic planning, team building and coaching enable her to support the operational growth experienced in the departments of hospice and palliative care, in alignment with the organization’s goals.  

Her education includes a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development from the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School University, and a Bachelors degree in Marketing and Merchandising from Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University.  Ms. Weiss is a certified Mediator and a member of the Organization Development Network.  She is an active member of the Chevra Kadisha, and sits on several community boards in the Queens community.

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 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 is a certified gerontologist who received her training at the University of Florida in Gainesville. At Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Eva reaches out to the county’s 9,000 Holocaust Survivors providing supportive case management and counseling.

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 Prague. Dr. Roule started his academic life in 1999. After his studies in Science of Religion he pursued studies in Psycho-Social Sciences and Theologyand earned a doctoral degree. Dr. Roule attends post-graduate Gestalt lectures to earn his European Accreditation of Psychotherapy.  His main interests lie in the fields of philosophy, psychology and therapy. He has been influenced by the work of Martin Buber and others.

Dr. Roule went through several trainings in social care and psychotherapy and spent four years in Ireland, where he worked at Crisis Intervention Centre in Dublin.   He experienced satisfaction with his work in that setting.   Since that time, he has remained. involved in the field of social care. Currently Dr. Roule works for Social Care Facility Hagibor, the largest project of Jewish Community of Prague. He works as an International Projects Coordinator and Sociotherapist. He is also involved in academic life, specifically examining modern society with an emphasis on on programs that support personal growth.

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 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 Tomi Spenser program for the study of Medicine & the Holocaust in the same faculty.  He is editor of the Reflective Practice section for Europe and Associate Editor at large of the lead scientific journal in the domain of patient-doctor communication: Patient Education and Counseling. He teaches and mentors a wide range of individuals from students to practitioners in CME, and consults to departments and institutions. While on a sabbatical in Brown University, Providence, RI in 2007, Dr. Reis served as speaker and consultant in various venues in North America on his topics of interest: Assessment of students and physicians, Holocaust and Medicine and patient-doctor communication. His involvement in the field of Holocaust and Medicine is focused on the integration of the topic in Health Professions Education, and facilitating physicians’ awareness on the potential abuse of power inherent in their job. His parents are survivors, and his mother Yaffa published a memoir of her Shoah experience last year.

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 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 a lecturer and spokesperson of Judaism, also teaching and doing programming within the community.

In 1994, she moved to the US with her two teenage sons, in order to further their Jewish education, and to pursue a degree in Jewish community service. Having worked for Aish International and The National Society for Hebrew Day Schools among others, she found her true calling in building and directing Club Nissim for Holocaust Survivors, the largest such organization in America. She lives in Boro Park with her Brooklyn-born husband.

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 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 Research and Documentation Center for Holocaust Victims and Survivors. She has developed social work students’ field work practice in the Jewish community and facilitates support group for caregivers of dementia sufferers. Ms. Hermanovic is an active volunteer and member of member of governing board of Alzheimer’s Croatia.

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, PhD, LCSW, MSEd is currently the Director of the NOW for Holocaust Survivors Initiative at MorseLife Health Systems and is also the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the NEXT GENERATIONS of Holocaust Survivors.

She is an Adjunct Professor for Fordham University, teaching macro social work practice; an Adjunct Professor at Lynn University in the College of Business and Management, teaching graduate courses in human resources management as well as in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she teaches graduate courses in public administration. Dr. Frumer also teaches public administration courses at Barry University and is an Adjunct faculty at Creighton University, teaching a PhD course in Qualitative Research Design.

She earned her PhD in Human Capital Management from the College of Business at Bellevue University, NE. Jenni is a graduate of both the Wexner Leadership Training program and the Alliance for Children & Families Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Frumer is the former CEO  of Alpert Jewish Family Service (AJFS) and The Levine Jewish Residential and Family Service (LJRFS) in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has over 35 years in nonprofit leadership and is the President of Jenni Frumer & Associates LLC, consultants for organizational management; specializing in organizational culture, change management, leadership development, talent management, executive coaching, community outreach strategies, accreditation readiness and program design and development.

Jenni is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor, has National Board Certification in Geriatric Counseling, a Certification in Geriatric Care Management, has an Aging Life Care Professional certificate and has been a Florida Registered Guardian.

She is a Team Leader for the national Council on Accreditation (COA); conducting site visits of other social service agencies and US Marine Corps installations, both domestically and internationally and recently served on the Board of COA. She served on the New Age of Aging Leadership Advisory Committee; the American Society on Aging (ASA) membership and Aging Business and Finance committees.

Dr. Frumer has written and published articles on geriatric social service systems, engaging Baby Boomers and community engagement models in the work of non-profits. She has also presented extensively both nationally and internationally on several topics related to non-profit administration, business initiatives and cultural competence training in trauma and working with Holocaust survivors and their families.

She co-hosted Leadership Matters on VoiceAmerica internet radio show. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University where she taught Graduate courses in Gerontology and Administration. Dr. Frumer assisted in the development of and was an instructor for the on-line Alfus Patient Advocacy Program at the University of Miami.

Paula David MSW, Ph.D

Paula David MSW, Ph.D

Article: Aging Holocaust Survivors: An Evolution of Understanding

Paula David MSW, Ph.D is a partially retired professor, still lecturing part time in gerontology and clinical practice courses at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.  Following art school and a BA in Art History, she received her MSW and PhD at U of T with a Collaborative Degree in Social Work and Aging. She was also one of the developers and still involved with the Azrieli Foundation and its Sustaining Memories Program. She continues to consult with and provide professional development programs for Jewish organizations that focus on maintaining best practice support for aging Survivors.

She spent twenty-plus years at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, a large continuum of care campus in Toronto.  With support from the Claims Conference, she initiated a comprehensive Holocaust Resource Program that provided clinical, educational and intergenerational programs working with elderly Holocaust survivors and their families. Both her academic and clinical research focused on aging Holocaust survivors’ views on their own mortality, death and dying.

With her background in the visual arts, adult education and community organization, she has developed teaching modules for professional staff working with survivors of genocide and clinical issues of post-traumatic stress disorder. She has travelled and published extensively, sharing her experience and knowledge with both professional and family caregivers.  In her spare time she plays in a band, enjoys tea parties with her grandchildren, maintains her community volunteer work and has rediscovered the joys of painting. 

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 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 and was lecturing on Holocaust trauma at the International School for Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem for many years.

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. 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 relocating to Calgary, Svetlana coordinated a ten-year series of Canada-Russia program development projects focused on community rehabilitation in mental health and trauma response, in collaboration with the University of Calgary and Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry. She also focused on community social work, including reaching out to Holocaust survivors with Jewish Family Service Calgary. Svetlana has earned a Ph.D from the University of Calgary for her research on life histories and resilience in Soviet Jewish child survivors of the Holocaust. She now teaches at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.

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 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 in its day treatment programs and clinics. She served as a clinical supervisor and as an individual and group therapist. In addition, she was a field instructor for graduate students in social work. For the last fifteen years she has been a private practitioner treating a diverse population, including Holocaust survivors and the second generation. Mrs. Lessing is one of the founders of the Hidden Child Foundation/ADL and has developed ongoing programs for its members since its inception in 1991. She is the volunteer social worker of the Foundation and has advocated for child survivors of the Holocaust and the second generation nationwide. Mrs. Lessing has planned and developed workshop programs for the annual International Hidden Children/Child Survivors conferences and has facilitated a great variety of workshops. Her article “The Vanished Communal Heritage of Holocaust Survivors: Its Impact on Survivors and Their Children” was published in the Journal of Jewish Communal Service 75(4), summer 1999.

Debra Greenberg MSW, Ph.D

Debra Greenberg

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 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 Union, giving her insight into how culture, community, and social policy impact the provision of mental health services.

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 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.

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 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 works as a research assistant for the Guttman Center at the Israel Democracy Institute.

Bea Hollander-Goldfein

Hollander photo

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 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 outpatient treatment and training center. Dr. Hollander-Goldfein is the director of the AAMFT-accredited Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as the director of research and supervision at the Council for Relationships. She is an instructor and supervisor in the Post Graduate Training Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Jefferson Medical College. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and subsequently attained certification in marriage and family therapy. Systemic theory has guided her clinical practice and research activities for 30 years. She has presented broadly on the topic of trauma and the importance of an integrated model of coping and adaptation. She has also published in the fields of marriage and family therapy and trauma Studies. She is the senior author of the book, “Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families” (Routledge, 2012).

Nancy Isserman Ph.D.

Nancy Isserman

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 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 is the co-author of “Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience, and Clinical Implications” (Routledge, 2012). Dr. Isserman is also affiliated with the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University. She has published articles, book reviews, and co-edited books on such topics as trauma and Holocaust survivors, the contemporary Jewish experience, marriage and family relationship education, and tolerance in survivors. Dr. Isserman received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation, “I Harbor No Hate: Tolerance and Intolerance in Holocaust Survivors,” received the 2004-2005 Braham Dissertation Award.

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 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. Myer has accomplished considerable work as a volunteer both within and outside of the Jewish community.

Magalí Kaplan

magali 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, 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 for Jewish clients, and a resource kit on substance abuse in the Jewish community. Ms. Kaplan has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy.

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 has a private psychiatry practice.

From 1992-2005, Dr. Halasz was a member of the editorial boards of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, as well as the Australasian Psychiatry journal, where he continues to maintain his membership. He has co-edited three books and a number of chapters and journal articles on a range of developmental and psychiatric conditions. He contributed to “The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust,” (eds. N. R. Goodman & M. B. Meyers, Routledge, 2012), based on his mother’s VHF Holocaust testimony. Dr. Halasz has appeared on television and radio, including ABC TV documentaries “Compass and Catalyst,” “All in the Mind” and “Encounter”. Finally, he is a regular panellist on the Triple ‘R’s ‘Radiotherapy’ since the 1990s.

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 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 practice, supervision of a multidisciplinary team and the leadership and management of services.

For 36 years she pioneered and developed specialist therapeutic services for Holocaust survivors and refugees in partnership with those who suffered in the Shoah. Her endeavours consist of the establishment of Shalvata in 1990, and the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in London in 1993. Her book, “A House Next Door to Trauma,” documents her internationally renowned research on survivor trauma and on those working with survivors. For the past 20 years she has directly worked with refugees from the Bosnian war, served as consultant to the Rwandan Survivors Service, as well as with other professionals in Europe to develop expertise on war related trauma. She has been a key presenter and organiser at international conferences in Europe and in Israel. In 2007, Ms. Hassan was awarded the National Care Awards Lifetime Achievement in Care, and in 2008 she was made an OBE by the Queen for her services to Holocaust Survivors.

Ms. Hassan is currently Special Advisor on Therapeutic Services for survivors and refugees from war trauma. She provides consultation for professionals working with refugees from Darfur and with Holocaust survivors.

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 Psychiatry,
The University of British Columbia
Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Krell was born in The Hague, Holland on August 5th, 1940. He was hidden from 1942 to 1945 with the Munnik family and returned to his parents, who also survived in hiding. Their families of origin were all murdered in Auschwitz and Sobibor. In 1951, the Krells moved to Vancouver, B.C. Robert Krell graduated from The University of British Columbia with an M.D. in 1965, interned in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia General Hospital, and continued in psychiatric training at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto and then returned to The University of British Columbia.

In 1970, he became F.R.C.P. (C) and in 1971 a Diplomat of the American Boards of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was appointed Assistant Professor in Psychiatry in January, 1971 and served as Professor of Psychiatry until 1995, when he became Professor Emeritus. In his professional career, he was Director of Residency Training for ten years and for twenty-five years Director of Child and Family Psychiatry at the UBC Health Sciences Centre and B.C.’s Children’s Hospital.

As a volunteer in the community, Robert Krell served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Jewish Congress – Pacific Region from 1972, Vice-Chair for nine years, Chair (1986-1989) and National Vice-President (1989-1992).
During that time he founded in 1975, with Dr. Graham Forst of Capilano College as co-Chair and Professor William Nicholls, head of Religious Studies-UBC, the Standing Committee on Holocaust Education, which teaches more than 1,000 British Columbia high school students annually. Outreach programs serve additional thousands of students in the Interior and on Vancouver Island. The program serves as an educational tool to combat prejudice, racism and anti-Semitism.

In his private psychiatric practice, Dr. Krell treated Holocaust survivors and their families and Dutch survivors of Japanese concentration camps.

Dr. Krell pioneered audiovisual documentation of Holocaust survivors in the Vancouver area in 1978 and expanded this program in 1983 and 1984 to tape 120 eyewitness accounts. In 1980 he urged the Canadian Jewish Congress to establish a national program which resulted in a nationwide audiovisual project taping 70 survivors.

Being himself a child survivor of the Holocaust, he assisted with the formation of child survivor groups, first in Los Angeles between 1982 and 1984 and then in Vancouver. He served on the International Advisory Council of the Hidden Child Conference that organized a gathering in New York in 1991 for approximately 1,500 child survivors who came from many countries to meet for the first time and have met annually ever since.

In 1985, Dr. Krell founded the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance, which built
a memorial for Holocaust survivors, and was unveiled in 1987 at the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery.

Dr. Krell established the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre that opened on November 7th, 1994 in order to provide educational programs for high school children, warning of the consequences of unchecked racism and intolerance. For these activities, he received in 1998 the State of Israel Bonds Elie Wiesel Remembrance Award and in 2011, the Boston University Hillel Lifetime Achievement Award for “bringing solace and understanding to generations of Holocaust Survivors.”

On January 27th, 2012, he was the Keynote speaker at the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In November 2012, the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University recognized his “distinguished contributions to Holocaust education” and on December 5th he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, “as an outstanding human rights educator” On August 24, 2014 he received an award from The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants at its Gathering in Berlin. March 4th, 2016 he was recognized with a Governor General Caring Canadian Award for founding the Vancouver Holocaust Centre and for his lifelong work promoting human rights and social justice. He has authored six books, co-edited three and written twenty book chapters and over fifty journal articles. For information on his newest book: Memoiries:Sounds from Silence, contact memoiries2016@gmail.com. Presently his interests remain the psychiatric treatment of aging survivors of massive trauma and participating in programs against racism and prejudice. Dr. Krell is married and has three children and nine grandchildren.

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 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 a Masters in Health Administration from Ben-Gurion University of Beer-Sheva, Israel in 2004.

Dr. Barak is also a consultant for the National Multiple Sclerosis Center in Israel and a special consultant on Positive Psychology for the Israel Defense Forces. He was president of the Israeli Association of Old-Age Psychiatry, and is currently on the editorial board of the Israel Journal of Psychiatry and the Open Psychiatry Journal. Research interests include multiple sclerosis, cancer, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive–compulsive disorder, suicide and geriatric psychiatry. He has published extensively in these areas, and is author and co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles.

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 at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His publication on the Professional Exchange Program to Israel, sponsored by JDC-ESHEL in Israel and the Caring Commission of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York, is referenced in his paper.

Author of An Alliance for the Mental Health of Holocaust Survivors

Amy Clements-Cortés

Amy Clements-Cortes

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 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 therapist, performer, and vocal teacher and obtained her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto. Her music studio, Notes By Amy, was founded in 1995. Dr. Clements-Cortés has worked extensively in geriatrics, adult mental health, complex continuing care, palliative care, and survivors of the Holocaust. Her work has been presented around the world and published in peer-reviewed journals. She has produced several music recordings, including a recent release, “Soothing Relaxation Journeys,” and “Episodes of Relationship Completion.” (Visit www.notesbyamy.com for more details.) Dr. Clements-Cortés is currently the president of The Canadian Association for Music Therapy, as well as the Clinical Commissioner for the World Federation of Music Therapy, and chairperson and member of the board of directors for the Room 217 Foundation.

Rochelle Saidel

Dr. Rochelle G. 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 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 during the Holocaust,” part of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute’s series on Jewish women, making her a National Jewish Book Awards finalist in the Women’s Studies category. Her newest book, “Mielec, Poland: The Shtetl That Became a Nazi Concentration Camp,” is partially based on research done as a Fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem. Other books she’s written include “The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp,” rendering her a National Jewish Book Awards finalist in the Holocaust Studies and Women’s Studies categories; “Never Too Late To Remember: The Politics Behind New York City’s Holocaust Museum;” and “The Outraged Conscience: Seekers of Justice for Nazi War Criminals in America.” Dr. Saidel is also the editor of an expanded edition of the memoir of the sister of former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, entitled “Fiorello’s Sister: Gemma La Guardia Gluck’s Story.” Besides contributing chapters to a number of books, she was also the creator and curator of “Women of Ravensbrück, Portraits of Courage: Art by Julia Terwilliger” for the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Saidel has lectured internationally on the Holocaust for more than thirty-five years and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Visiting Scholar for a seminar on Cultural Responses to the Holocaust in America and Abroad at Brandeis University.

Dr. Saidel received her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. She made aliyah to Israel in 2001, and currently divides her time among Jerusalem, New York City, and São Paulo, Brazil.