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Holocaust Survivors' Staff Goes to Washington

L–R: Elena Itenberg, Edie Dine, Brittany Arling, Gail Gepsman Ziegler, Leah Freed, and Kelly Bernstein at "Aging and Trauma" workshop in Washington, D.C.
L–R: Elena Itenberg, Edie Dine, Brittany Arling, Gail Gepsman Ziegler, Leah Freed, and Kelly Bernstein at "Aging and Trauma" workshop in Washington, D.C.

In late September, staff members of the Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust Survivors travelled from Cincinnati to Washington, D.C., to attend an important workshop sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). The JFNA Center for Advancing Holocaust Care hosted the annual event at The Carnegie Institution for Science.

 

 

The main topic for this year’s gathering was “Aging and Trauma: Innovations in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care for Diverse Older Populations.” The workshop, which focused on identifying and advancing modern health techniques for older adults who have experienced trauma, attracted over 200 professionals and advocates from around the country. Now in its fifth year of federal funding, the JFNA Center showcased over 80 subgrantees and professionals in the field of aging and trauma, and benefited from its relationship with Jewish Family Service's parent organization—Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies—a proud partner of the event.

 

The highly informative workshop also helped to elevate the knowledge of the Cincinnati staff leadership, all of whom share a deep commitment to advancing the philosophy of individualized care as a guiding principle—not merely for Jewish human service agencies, but for the wider field of elderly care. 

 

Jewish Family Service is dedicated to providing Holocaust survivors with culturally-sensitive, supportive services that promote the dignity, strength, and empowerment of individuals, by incorporating knowledge about trauma’s role in their lives. Jewish Family Service provides survivors with care management; home visits; restitution assistance; social therapeutic activities; hearing tests; and medical/adaptive equipment.