REMINDER FOR TOMORROW: Ninth Meeting of the Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors, Tues. May 2 at the Boro Park Y

Tomorrow evening I will host the ninth meeting of the Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors at the Boro Park Y. The meeting will be Tuesday May 2, beginning at 7 pm.  More details are available below.

Couple relationships are our most important support system throughout life and especially in midlife and in the later years, after adult children move out of the home and establish their own families. The ninth meeting of the ten-meeting series will continue to explore ways to enhance intimacy in the couple relationships, which has been also shown by studies of adult development to contribute to feelings of vitality, better self-esteem and overall feelings of well-being.

Irit Felsen

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New Book Published, with Two Chapters by Irit Felsen: “Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimony: Unwanted Memories of Social Trauma”

I am very pleased to announce that this week a new book,  in which I contributed two chapters, was published and has became available,. The book is entitled

Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimony: Unwanted Memories of Social Trauma

and was edited by Dori Laub and Andreas Hamburger, and published by Routledge. My chapters describe my experiences together with Dori Laub as the principal researchers as we interviewed chronically hospitalized Holocaust survivors in psychiatric institutions in Israel.

The purpose of the book describing our study was to closely examine the experience of denial, erasure and fragmentation inherent in the attempt to think, verbalize and speak about extreme traumatization. Questions about bearing witness and giving testimony, as well as about the role of denial on the individual and on the societal levels, are examined. The impact of traumatic narratives and the difficulty of society in hearing them manifest themselves in such phenomena as the “disappearance” of the most injured survivors from visibility and from social awareness to this group, and the omission of their life stories from the collective narratives of the Holocaust. In other places around the world the refusal of society to bear witness, to accept responsibility for the victims and to bring perpetrators and collaborators to justice, is evidenced in the repeated denial of genocides, also evidenced in the attempts to deny the Holocaust.

The book is available in hardcover and paperback versions, as well as e-book, for example direct from the Publisher, or through Amazon and other sources. It is aimed primarily, but not only, at professionals working with trauma survivors. My own two chapters are written for both professional and non-professional readers.

             Irit Felsen

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Ninth Meeting of the Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors, Tues. May 2 at the Boro Park Y

Next Tuesday, I will host the ninth meeting of the Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors at the Boro Park Y. The meeting will be Tuesday May 2, beginning at 7 pm.  More details are available below.

Couple relationships are our most important support system throughout life and especially in midlife and in the later years, after adult children move out of the home and establish their own families. The ninth meeting of the ten-meeting series will continue to explore ways to enhance intimacy in the couple relationships, which has been also shown by studies of adult development to contribute to feelings of vitality, better self-esteem and overall feelings of well-being.

Irit Felsen

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Article in Jewish Standard about tomorrow’s Yom Hashoah presentation (Sun. Apr. 23) at Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck

An article has been written in the Jewish Standard about my Yom Hashoah presentation at Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck tomorrow (Sun. Apr. 23).

The article can be found online at http://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/living-in-a-dual-reality/.

Irit Felsen

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REMINDER: Presentation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial for the Holocaust, on Tues. Apr. 25/2017

On Tuesday April 25, 2017,  I will be presenting a lecture about child and adolescent Holocaust survivors, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial for the Holocaust in Manhattan. The lecture is part of the 18th Annual Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Conference for Educators, the flyer for which is shown below.

Advance registration is required to attend. More information about the event is available online at http://www.mjhnyc.org/calendar_apr17.html#heller.

Irit Felsen

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REMINDER: Yom Hashoah Presentation on Sun. Apr. 23 at Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck, NJ

At the invitation of the Adult Education Committee of Congregation Rinat Yisrael, I will be giving a presentation in commemoration of Yom Hashoah.

My presentation will begin at 8 pm on Sunday April 23 and will be entitled:

“The Effects of the Holocaust on the Children of Survivors: A Tale of Courage” 

The presentation will be at Congregation Rinat Yisrael, 389 W. Englewood Ave., in Teaneck, NJ. More information can be found online at https://www.rinat.org/event/dr.-irit-felsen-lecture.html.

                  Irit Felsen

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Yom Hashoah Presentation on Wed. April 26 at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany, NJ

On Wednesday April 26 at noon I will give a lecture following the Annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration Service at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, located at 901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ. It is an honor and a comfort to be there with all of you on this day.

The Commemoration Service will begin at noon, and will be followed by my “Lunch&Learn” presentation at 12:30. My presentation will be entitled “Defying Evil: The Post War Lives of Children of the Shoah”.

More information can be found online at https://www.jfedgmw.org/holocaust. For additional details and to register to attend, please contact holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org by email, or you can call 973-929-3067.

                 Irit Felsen

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