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Holocaust Survivors Share 15 Life Lessons We Can Apply To COVID-19

Holocaust survivors overcame the most severe form of persecution and went on to become productive members of the communities in which they settled. They have exhibited an extraordinary resilience and love of family and community. Their survival is an example of the human spirit’s ability t…

It Takes a Village: Reducing Social Isolation for Holocaust Survivors

In an ironic twist, just as we at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation (GMJF) prepared to solicit proposals for the second year of our Critical Supports for Holocaust Survivors grant funded by the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA), the world was starting to close in around the populat…

Providing PCTI Care to Holocaust Survivors During Crises

Crises like pandemics and natural disasters can trigger Holocaust survivors’ painful memories, fear, and a sense of powerlessness. This may awaken post-traumatic stress symptoms caused by the survivors’ trauma history. These types of triggers are inevitable and are often difficult to h…

Caring for Holocaust Survivors in the Age of COVID-19

The New York Times got directly to the heart of the matter. “Just What Older People Didn't Need: More Isolation,” read a headline on April 13th, 2020 (Span, Paula. The New York Times.). Now in forced isolation, older adults have no choice but to adjust to a “new normal,” many with…

Challah Baking with a Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Approach

Many Holocaust survivors need assistance leaving their homes due to illness and frailty. Recently, a sizeable number of survivors have become afraid to leave their homes due to a spate of antisemitic assaults on Jews in Brooklyn, New York. The murders which took place in Jersey City, New J…