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Holocaust Survivors Spiritual Care Conference Hosted by UJA-Federation of New York, in Collaboration With Selfhelp and JDC-Eshel

(June 14, 2012)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 06/14/12 -- Aging Holocaust survivors face a multitude of complex physical, psychological, and emotional issues. As social workers and other professionals work with Holocaust survivors to assist them in coping with life's challenges, some of these issues may be addressed through a spiritual lens. A recent special presentation, Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Holocaust Survivors: A Bi-national Conversation, explored the role of Jewish spiritual care in working with Holocaust survivors and how to equip professionals in the field to identify and address the unique spiritual needs of their clients.

The program, which was held in collaboration with Selfhelp and JDC-Eshel, included an interactive and bi-national panel conversation featuring spiritual care practitioners in New York and Israel. Speakers shared their experiences and expertise in providing spiritual care to Holocaust survivors. Interactive case discussions among participants followed the panel conversation. Featured speakers included: Rabbi Simkha Weintraub, Rabbinic Director, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, New York Jewish Healing Center and National Center for Jewish Healing; Dvora Corn, Co-Chair, Israel Jewish Spiritual Care Network; Ilanit Goldberg, Student Rabbi and Group Leader, Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia; Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Religious Life, Jewish Home Lifecare; Dalia Sivan, Clinician and Director, Amcha Haifa and Northern Region; and Toby Weiss, Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming, Metropolitan Jewish Health System.

About UJA-Federation of New York
For more than 90 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, more than 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world -- to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers. Working with more than 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 60 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information, please visit our website at

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