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Trauma, the Jewish Experience, and Lessons for Post-Covid Mental Health

2021 Morton E. Ruderman Memorial Lecture March 8 at 5 pm via webinar.

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Panel discussion with Dr. Eva Fogelman, Dr. Rachel Yehuda, and Dr. Danny Brom

The Jewish experience includes a history of dislocation, trauma, and resilience. World-renowned experts in the fields of trauma, epigenetics, and mental health will discuss the implications of the research and clinical work they have done with Holocaust survivors, Israeli soldiers, and their families. What lessons can we learn as we recover from a global pandemic, and confront systemic racism and assaults on our democratic institutions?

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Dr. Eva Fogelman is a psychologist in private practice in New York City and co-director, Child Development Research (includes International Study of Organized Persecution of Children). She is a pioneer in developing therapeutic techniques for generations of the Holocaust and related historical traumas and training mental-health professionals.  She was co-founder and co-director of Psychotherapy with Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas at Training Institute for Mental Health, and Founding Director of Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers, ADL (ne Jewish Foundation for the Righteous). Dr. Fogelman is the writer and co-producer of the award-winning documentary Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust (PBS). Her book Conscience and Courage:  Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust is a Pulitzer Prize nominee. In addition to other books, her hundreds of writings appear in professional as well as popular publications.  Dr. Fogelman serves on many boards as well as an advisor to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  She is a frequent consultant and speaker nationally and internationally, as well as in the media.

Dr. Rachel Yehuda, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, is the Director of the Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research. She is also Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division which includes the PTSD clinical research program and the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Yehuda is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies. She has authored more than 450 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD.  Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD. She has an active federally-funded clinical and research program that welcomes local and international students and clinicians.

Dr. Danny Brom, founding director of Metiv: The Israel Psychotrauma Center, is an internationally renowned expert on trauma and resilience in the face of terror and disaster. As Director of Metiv, he has brought his expertise in trauma to the fields of education, community resilience, health and mental health care to increase the capacity of Israeli society to cope with ongoing existential threats.

Dr. Brom served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is former chair of the Israel Trauma Coalition and served as Director of Research for AMCHA, which provides psychosocial support for first and second generation Holocaust survivors. Internationally, he has provided trauma and resilience training and consulting to professionals and service providers in the wake of terrorism and disaster, including New York after 9/11, Haiti, Turkey, New Orleans, and Mexico.

Dr. Brom has been partner to 50 articles published in peer reviewed journals, and has co-authored seven books including Helping Children Cope with Trauma: Individual, family and Community Perspectives (2013), Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Recovery (2009), and The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care. An International Handbook (2005).

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