“Helping Parents Towards Growth-Promoting Parenting”: Workshop for Mental Health Professionals at Chemed, Lakewood, NJ on July 27/17

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, I will be giving a day-long workshop at Chemed Center for Health in Lakewood, NJ. The workshop is entitled “Helping Parents Towards Growth-Promoting Parenting”, and will address parenting issues and suggested guidelines for parents in their relationships with children and adolescents.

The workshop is intended for the mental health professionals within the Chemed system and will present several approaches to working with parents when their child or adolescent is not willing to participate in treatment, or is physically present but not truly collaborating in the treatment.

               Irit Felsen

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REMINDER TOMORROW: Presentation for Teachers at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC on Fri. July 21

I will be presenting a lecture entitled “Child and Adolescent Survivors” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in NYC this Friday (July 21) at 12 noon.

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The museum is offering a summer course to NYC public and Catholic school teachers focused on “Children During the Holocaust”. This course, organized by Elizabeth Edelstein, vice president for education at the Museum, is an important educational opportunity to help teachers bring the particular experiences of those who were children and adolescents during the Holocaust to their students, and establish relevant connections between discrimination, injustice, civic apathy and more extreme forms of persecution that can arise from them. This is a unique perspective that aims at bringing the meaning of the Holocaust and lessons that can be learned from it to the hearts of young students of similar age as the children and adolescents who survived the Holocaust.

            Irit Felsen

 

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Tenth (and Final) Meeting of the Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors, Tues. July 25 at the Boro Park Y

On Tuesday July 25, I will host the tenth meeting of the Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors at the Boro Park Y in Brooklyn, NY. The series of meetings is entitled “Survivor Families: Our Parents, Ourselves, Our Changing Lives”. The meeting will begin at 7 pm.  More details are available below.

This will be the final meeting in the ten-part series of discussions, which started in May 2016.

The summaries of the meetings so far have all been posted on this blog, and will be collected together after the final meeting to be more easily available to potential readers. Also, audio excerpts from the lectures will be made available online soon, for those who were not able to attend.

               Irit Felsen

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Presentation for Teachers at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC on Fri. July 21

I will be presenting a lecture entitled “Child and Adolescent Survivors” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in NYC this Friday (July 21) at 12 noon.

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The museum is offering a summer course to NYC public and Catholic school teachers focused on “Children During the Holocaust”. This course, organized by Elizabeth Edelstein, vice president for education at the Museum, is an important educational opportunity to help teachers bring the particular experiences of those who were children and adolescents during the Holocaust to their students, and establish relevant connections between discrimination, injustice, civic apathy and more extreme forms of persecution that can arise from them. This is a unique perspective that aims at bringing the meaning of the Holocaust and lessons that can be learned from it to the hearts of young students of similar age as the children and adolescents who survived the Holocaust.

            Irit Felsen

 

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My Recent Visit to Yad Vashem: The Experiences of Child Survivors in the Immediate Years Following the End of WWII

I just returned from a meeting at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The meeting opened with a welcoming comment by Sharon Kangisser-Cohen and Iael Nidam-Orvieto, from the Hebrew University and Director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem. It was followed by a presentation by myself and by my colleague Danny Brom, Ph.D., from Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem, entitled : “Child Survivors Communicating About Their Holocaust Experiences: The Early Post-War Years”.

Sergio Dela Pergola from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel discussed “Demographics of Child Survivors of the Shoah”. The other participants, most of whom are historians from the USA, Israel, Germany, and England, presented documentation pertaining to issues such as adoption and foster care of children and youth who survived the Holocaust, the return and retrieval of Jewish children saved by hiding in monasteries and convents in France, the search for children and family reunification in the Post-War years, as well as education of children and youth in DP camps and health care services for Jewish Children in the American Zone of Occupation in Germany between 1945-1949. Dalia Ofer, a veteran in the field of Holocaust studies, led the discussion among the interdisciplinary group of researchers about issues of methodology, archival documents, oral history and the overall plan of the project.

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The collection of studies are planned to come out as a book including a interdisciplinary perspective and covering the experiences of Child Holocaust Survivors in various countries and in multiple different settings in the early post-war years. This will be an important addition to our understanding of the experience of Survivors, since those who were children have not been represented well in studies or clinical reports.

              Irit Felsen

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Audiorecording of My April 23/17 Presentation at Rinat Yisrael Available Online

The audiorecording of my presentation on Apr. 23/17 at Rinat Yisrael, the flyer for which is shown below, is now available online on their WWW page. You can find the link to the audiorecording under my name on this WWW page .

                Irit Felsen

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A Lecture for Teachers at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust on July 21/17

On Friday July 21, 2017, I will be presenting a lecture to school teachers as part of the course “Children During the Holocaust” about the long-term impact of the experiences endured by those who were children and adolescents during the Holocaust.

The event will take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in NYC.

Irit Felsen

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