CINCINNATI (OCTOBER 30, 2018)
The hate-filled shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue deeply affects us and our families. "As we cry, pray, and take action to support the victims in Pittsburgh, we are also faced with finding ways to personally cope with this tragedy and public display of antisemitism," says Jewish Family Service CEO Liz Vogel.
She shares that this past weekend's crisis can especially be difficult for children and for Holocaust survivors. Jewish Family Service has a team of knowledgeable social workers who can listen, counsel, and offer support to the community. They offer these tips:
How to help your children (including teens) cope
Having to explain the unexplainable to our innocent children there are people who harm others because of their political views, color of the skin and religious affiliation is difficult. As a parent, the first step is to ask yourself, "How has the Pittsburgh shooting impacted my sense of security and overall well-being?"
When you can be emotionally available, it is a time to talk with your children.
How to help Holocaust Survivors cope
Gail Ziegler, Senior Manager of Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust Survivors, shared information by Myra Giberovitch, MSW, PSW, a genocidal trauma specialist.
Giberovitch observes that Holocaust survivors respond to antisemitic events in different ways. Some experience anxiety, fear, and withdrawal because they are reminded of the acts of prejudice and violence that spread throughout Europe before the Holocaust. Others are worried more about for the harm that may befall their children and grandchildren. In the words of one survivor, "I don’t want my children to live through what I experienced in the Holocaust.' Some survivors become angry and strengthen their resolve to educate others about the early warning signs of genocide and its prevention.
We can help Holocaust survivors in the following ways:
"Jewish Family Service is always be there to strengthen lives in times of need," says Vogel. "If you or someone you know is experiencing trauma, or wants help managing the fall-out from this tragedy, please encourage them to call Jewish Family Service at: 513-469-1188. Our team will connect them with the most appropriate resource to meet their needs."