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New Three Part Series for Children of Holocaust Survivors Starting This Week

Dear Friends,

Previous research has shown that children of Holocaust survivors have unique vulnerabilities, as well as unique resiliencies. The recent tragic events on October 7 in Israel, the continued holding of the kidnapped Israelis in Gaza, and the wave of undisguised hate and antisemitic responses across the globe that followed it, might trigger associations to the Holocaust in the adult children and descendants of survivors.

The legacy of our parents’ experiences during the Holocaust resonates today more than ever before. However, our parent’s endurance and capacity to move forward are also associated with unique resiliencies, fortitude, and adaptive coping in their children. Processing reactions and experiences during the complex events of recent times among people who share the family legacies of the Holocaust can allow a more meaningful exchange, as my research has shown with regards to our reactions to the coronavirus and the events of the year 2020 in the USA. This program will offer opportunities for interactive dialogue among participants and with the presenter.

Session 1: Navigating Unsettling Times
Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Session 2: The Relationship Between Adult Siblings in Holocaust Families: Resentments and Cut-offs
Wednesday, December 20, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Session 3: The Intergenerational Transmission of Resilience in Children and Holocaust Survivors
Thursday, January 18, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

I will be presenting two of three lectures in this new series of meetings, followed by a third segment that will be presented by my colleague Dr. Yonit Hoffman. Participation in these online presentation is free, but you have to register ahead of time. The registration link can be found by clicking on the image below.



  1. Is this EST?

  2. Mary Kaufman says

    Thank you very much for holding these very important and healing forums. As a 2G and a Sabra, these lectures offer a safe and theraputic environment to help cope with these immensly trying and difficult times.

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says

      Dear Mary,

      Thank you for your kind comment. This is exactly why I offer these meetings, it is an honor for me to be doing it. It is so helpful and meaningful to be able to do what ever each of us can do within our own circle of impact.

      I am looking forward to seeing you there!


  3. Shereen Risenthal says

    How do I register?

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says

      Click on the image at the bottom of the post to get to the registration page, and then fill out the form.

      Looking forward to seeing you there!


  4. Karen Perna says

    I would like to register fro this series

  5. sol herzig Please register me for the series says

    Please register me.
    Sol Herzig

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says

      I cannot register you; you need to do it by filling out the registration form found by clicking on the image at the bottom of the post.


  6. Ronnie Dunetz says

    Irit, thank-you once again for such an important offering. For us in the Israeli time zone, probably only the second meeting can work. Will it be possible to join and get the recordings?

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. * says

      Hi Ronnie,

      Yes, the presentations will be recorded, my first one yesterday was already recorded, and they will be available (recordings include only the lecture part and stop when we get to the part of the interactive Q&A).

      All the best,


  7. Can grandchildren of holocaust survivors sign up too and if yes how?

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. * says

      Yes, grandchildren can sign, too if you would like. Please go to my blog, to the relevant post, and click on the link to the flyer created by Dorot, which is how you can register.

      I am looking forward to seeing you there.

  8. Carol Faber says

    Will this be recorded to access later? Thank you

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. * says

      Hi Carol,

      Yes, the presentations will be recorded (recordings will be stopped when the interactive starts).

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