for and about Holocaust survivors and their families
Dr. Irit Felsen
Dr. Irit Felsen Webinar Series
The “Dual Reality” of Trauma Survivors and their Children: Coping with a current threat through the lens of 2Gs. The unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic has changed life on the individual and collective levels for everyone across the globe and for 2Gs. It has evoked reactions associated with the Holocaust, including both trauma-associations and a sense of resilience related to what our parents have endured and survived.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2020, 2:00 P.M. OR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2020 8:00 P.M.
Intergenerational Transmission: How does the experiential knowledge of an event that took place before one was born take place? How does a perspective of “dual reality” come to be represented in the lived experience of children of survivors? What are the mechanisms of intergenerational transmission, and what are the effects of parental trauma and the outcomes of such transmission in their offspring?
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2020, 2:00 P.M. OR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020, 8:00 P.M.
Anxiety and Other Post-Traumatic Reactions in Survivors of the Holocaust: How do we cope with life’s difficult transitions and times of crisis? Children of survivors have inherited much of their parent’s “hardening” or “steeling” resiliencies and abilities that have led them to many successes in multiple areas of life. We cope well with the demands of difficult situations, but often have a more catastrophic psychological reaction to stressful life events.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020, 8:00 P.M. OR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020, 8:00 P.M.
Unique Strengths of Children of Survivors: The psychological strengths and vulnerabilities of 2Gs. Knowing one’s strengths allows us to capitalize on these traits and integrate them more consistently into our daily lives.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2020, 8:00 P.M. OR TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021, 2:00 P.M.
Grandchildren of Survivors (3G): Research is accumulating about the third generation and is starting to inform us about their experiences and about the relationships between them and their 2G parents. Differences between 2Gs and 3Gs and the perceptions of the relationships between the generations in Holocaust families will be discussed.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020, 2:00 P.M. OR SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021, 8:00 P.M.
Midlife as an Opportunity: Age allows greater emotional and cognitive complexity, which in turn can enhance adaptive coping. Relationships represent a powerful system for mobilizing healing and sustaining us and are a particularly important resource as we grow older. With a better understanding of some of the “hot buttons” that were ingrained in us as 2Gs, and with more complex emotional capacities of middle age, we can learn to modify old patterns and build more conscious relationships with partners, adult children and others.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020, 2:00 P.M. OR SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2021, 8:00 P.M.
Intimacy and Trauma: Marriages of survivors were often based on things other than romantic love, and modeling of the expression of sexuality and intimacy in couples was not often part of family life. However, these are important factors that support our sense of vitality and more positive subjective perceptions of aging. It is important to identify factors that might help improve such perceptions, as they in turn are related to the quality of one’s adaptation to various stressors as we age.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2020, 2:00 P.M. OR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, 8:00 P.M.
The Relationships Between Adult Siblings (2Gs) in Holocaust families: Resentments and cut-offs. Absence of parental emotional availability and stress in the family can lead to increased support and closeness among siblings, or to the opposite, increased tension, rivalry and hostility. The prevalence of intense resentments and even relationship cut-offs in Holocaust families appears to be high. The quality of the relationships among the siblings will be elucidated.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020, 8:00 P.M. OR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2020, 8:00 P.M.
Art by the Second and Third Generation Holocaust Survivors: The creative expression of intergenerational transmission reflects the dialectic of knowing and now knowing about the trauma suffered by one’s (grand) parents during the Holocaust. 2G and 3G artists creatively wrestle with expressions of the “omnipresent absence”, evoking images directly related to the Holocaust, collectively known and recognized themes, as well as images related to the personal story of the parents.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020, 2:00 P.M. OR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2021, 2:00 P.M.
The Legacy: What do we want to do to ensure the memory of the Holocaust? This presentation will focus on the differences among the generations and what is known at this point from research about the grandchildren of survivors. It will explore what Survivor families want our children and grandchildren to know and maintain; what would we like them to be able to leave behind as they move into their future.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020, 2:00 P.M. OR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2021, 2:00 P.M.
Defeating Hitler’s Final Solution with Riva Ginsburg: Preserving Yiddish Culture and Language Today. Keeping the Yiddish language alive is one of the most powerful ways to defeat Hitler’s goal of “The Final Solution”. Yiddish enables us to enter the doors of a magnificent literature and culture that helps us understand the soul of the Jewish people of pre-war Eastern Europe. Professor Riva Ginsburg will explore the history, humor, and wisdom of this language in addition to exploring where Yiddish is today and its future.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020, 12:30 P.M.
Book Talk with Greta Brewer: NOT ME by Michael Lavigne. For the past twenty-five years, Greta Brewer has been leading book discussion groups for a number of organizations and country clubs. Her reviews have been described as informative, thought-provoking, entertaining and probing examinations of human nature.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2020, 12:30 P.M.
Mindfulness is the Secret to Effective Self-Care: A special program presented by Avital Meirzon, MSL, CCTP. Self-care can lead you toward happier and healthier lives. Mindfulness will help you lower your stress levels, decrease loneliness, improve attention and manage chronic pain.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020, 6:00 P.M.
Join us to “meet the author” Keren Toledano: Keren Toledano is a writer and painter based in New York City. IN LIGHT OF THIS & OTHER THINGS is her first long form piece. She is currently at work on a young adult novel based on her grandmother’s story of survival.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020, 1:30 P.M.
Join us to “meet the author” Roslyn Franken: Roslyn Franken is an internationally acclaimed author and inspirational speaker. She is best known for her book entitled, MEANT TO BE: A TRUE STORY OF MIGHT, MIRACLES AND TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, about how her parents, as two young Jewish teenagers, survived captivity continents apart during World War II and met to find everlasting love, against all odds.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020, 1:30 P.M.
A special thank you to the following sponsors of our 2020 season:
Fox Rothschild LLP
Akoya Boca West Country Club
Sue and Mark Rubin
Jeanette and Fred Bogart
Thank you to the NEXT GENERATIONS steering committee:
Betty Schultz, Rabbi Erica Rosenkranz, Giselle Reischer, Jenni Frumer,
Jennie Schneider, Meryl Avni and Toby Saval.