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Country City Name Contact Information Description
Austria Vienna Esra Center for Psychosocial Care

A-1020 Wien, Tempelgasse 5
Tel.: +01/214 90 14
Fax: +01/214 90 14 / 30
Administration: Peter Schwarz
Office Hours:
Mo. - Do. : 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fr.: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please phone for an appointment.
Collaboration between the social welfare departments of the Jewish Community Vienna and the Municipality of Vienna, for psychological and practical advice and support. Counselling and treatment centre for problems and disorders caused by the Holocaust, exile or other causes (i.e. an individual's conflicting concept of his or her identity, his role in society or belonging to a minority). Also offers assistance to Jewish immigrants wishing to integrate themselves into Austrian society.Services include outpatient care, social services and a social centre.
Canada Toronto

Baycrest - a geriatric care facility that sponsors 

Adult Children of Holocaust Survivors
Paula David (416) 785-2500, ext. 2271

3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6A 2E1
P: (416) 785-2500
F:  (416) 785-2378
Aging Parents/Aging Children for children of Holocaust survivors, the "second generation" regular meetings of the support group allow participants to share their feelings group is led by an experienced social worker who will help participants identify their needs, and what can be done for them and their aging parents. Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., group meets bi-weekly
    Paula David (416) 785-2500, ext. 2271 Coordinator of the Holocaust Resource Project and a senior social worker at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, has provided group work, individual counseling, and program development for Holocaust survivors and their families. She has published extensively, including teaching modules for professional staff working with survivors of genocide and PTSD.
  Vancouver Robert Krell P: (604) 261-4094
F: (604) 261-1183
Former Clinical Director of the Child and Family Psychiatry Outpatient Department, University Hospital, University of British Columbia (UBC), is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the UBC. He is also a Co-Chair of the Holocaust Education Committee, founder and former President of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education Remembrance, and author of books and articles on the problems of Holocaust survivors and their children.
 Israel Jerusalem Amcha AMCHA Center, P.O.Box 2930, Jerusalem 91029. P: 972-2-6250634 F: 972-2-625-0669
Amcha -  Israel
9 branches: Haifa,  Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya, Beer Sheva, Rehovot, Kiriat Motzkin, Ramat Gan and Ashkelon, and various programs are provided also in many other locations. Over 150 highly devoted mental health professionals work part-time to provide services in Hebrew and many other languages. Services provided to the Second Generation couple and family counselling open and closed groups for children of survivors advice about caring for their elderly parents. Description of Amcha by Natan P.F. Kellermann.
Psycho-Oncology Unit Department of Clinical Oncology and Radiotherapy Sharett Institute of Oncology Hadassah University Hospital P.O.B. 12000 
IL-91120 Jerusalem 
P:  972-2-566-4701
F:  972-2-566-3686
Lea Baider
Special Population Group Interventions: Second-generation Holocaust survivor cancer patients are taught techniques of memory and identification with their parents.
Israel Charny
Founder and Director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Genocide. He is a clinical psychologist and a Professor of Psychology in the Program for Advanced Studies in Integrative Psychotherapy, which he founded in 1993, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Daniel Brom The Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma
21 HaDishon Street
POB 3900
Jerusalem 91035
P: (+972) 2 678-2899  F: (+972) 2 678-9908
Clinical psychologist, is the founding director of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma of Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem. He has written extensively on the consequences of psychological trauma and recently edited a special issue of the Israel Journal of Psychiatry on Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Children of Holocaust Survivors.
Netherlands Amsterdam, Amersfoort Sinai Centrum Assumburg 2, Van Nijenrodeweg Postbus 75641 1070 AP Amsterdam P: 020 - 30 13 730 F: 020 - 30 13 731 Sinai Centrum Laan 1914 nr 23 3818 EZ Amersfoort P: 033- 4640640 F: 033-4619616 info@sinaicentrum.nl Psychiatric facility including a specialization in Holocaust-related trauma.
Switzerland Zurich Tamach

P: _41 44 202 56 58 F: +41 71 244 29 35

PO Box 8021 Zurich Tamach email

1st and 2nd gen individual and group theraputic services
US California, Los Angeles Darlene Basch 6310 W. San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 937-4974 2G.
    Klara Firestone, individual and group Klara Firestone 818-761-2227 ext. 245 to schedule an intake session. New session of the group in formation, held at the Center For Individual and Family Counseling in No. Hollywood, CA, weekly, 20 per session. I also do individual therapy for second generation.
    Natalie Gold, MSW (323) 939-0166 Child survivor and 2G.
    Dr. Flo Kinsler 145 N. Carmelina Ave. Los Angeles CA. 90049 P: (310) 472-2676. Will see Medicare clients if they have coinsurance, supports several group plans, individual and will do limited-time prescreened groups. Former Director of the Jewish Family Service in Los Angeles.
    Mary Leventhal, MD (310) 659-0112 Psychiatrist, 2G.
    Sara Moskowitz (310) 459-3226 Expert on child survivors.
    Andrei Novac, MD (949) 760-9133 Psychiatrist, 2G.
    Ben Pomerantz 6399 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 653-0489 2G.
    Anne Reisman, MSW, LCSW 458 S. Crescent Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 552-9756 2G.
    Lillian Trilling (818) 996-2766 Survivor.
  California, San Francisco/Bay area Adoption Connection/Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) 1600 Scott Street (at Post Street)
San Francisco CA 94115
P: (415) 567-8860
F: (415) 922-5938
The Holocaust Survivor Program provides counseling, home care, financial aid and discussion programs for Holocaust survivors and their families.
Healing the Wounds of History programs Armand Volkas
Drama Therapist
The Living Arts Counseling Center
Offers a process for people from cultures in conflict with legacies of historical trauma to work through their cultural inheritance in an integrative way. The model combines intercultural communication, conflict resolution and ethno-therapy with the expressive arts.
Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties: Holocaust Survivor Services 2150 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115
P: (415) 449-3823
F: (415) 449-1229
E-mail JFCS SF 
Counseling, case management, social activities including the weekly Café by the Bay and monthly Lunch N Learn programs, financial and practical assistance for Holocaust survivors and their families.
Cynthia Brody, Marriage and Family Therapist P: (415) 522-9080,
East Bay (925) 926-6566
Individual, couple and family therapy for issues related to the legacy of the Holocaust. Cynthia Brody is a licensed psychotherapist who utilizes creativity along with insight to draw out strengths which have been gained through difficulties and help others utilize them to create the changes they desire.
  California, San Jose/Silicon Valley
Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley 1101 South Winchester Blvd. Suite L-237 ~ San Jose, CA 95128 T: (408) 556-0600, F: (408) 551-0091 has a support group for caregivers
  Michigan, Detroit Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families 6710 W. Maple Road
W. Bloomfield, MI  48322
P: (248) 661-2999
Charles Silow
Sharon Levine (ext. 298)
Specializes in working with survivors and their families of metropolitan Detroit through the variety of services provided by the Program including individual and family therapy
  Michigan, Royal Oak Sheri Moskowitz Noga, M.A., L.L.P., L.M.S.W 217 Knowles Street Royal Oak, MI 48067 P: (248) 584-4640 Individual, marital and family therapy, EMDR for trauma resolution. As a 2G, qualified to understand the extreme conflicts and resolutions that can occur.
  New Jersey, Metrowest Second Generation of Holocaust Survivors, Metrowest, NJ, NY 256 Columbia Turnpike
Suite 105
Florham Park, NJ   07932
P: 973-765-9050
F: 973-765-0195
Sponsoring Second Generation of Holocaust Survivors: for adult children of Holocaust Survivors. For more information call: Irit Felsen, (973) 765-9050, ext. 301. (973) 467-3300.
Irit Felsen 209 Morris Avenue, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
(973) 541-9900
Clinical consultant and Jewish Family Service Coordinator of Holocaust Services at the Jewish Family Service of Metro West, and an expert on the impact of the Holocaust on children of survivors, published in the International Handbook of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma and the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry on transgenerational transmission of the effects of the Holocaust.
  New Mexico, Albuquerque Jewish Family Service of Albuquerque 5520 Wyoming Boulevard NE
Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87109
P: 505-291-1818
Toll Free: (866) 537-5373
F: (505) 291-0332
email JFSA
JFS Holocaust Survivors Services Coordinator: (505) 291-1818
Bi-weekly support group is offered, a licensed therapist, whose family are also survivors, facilitates.
  New York, Hartsdale Westchester Jewish Community Services in Hartsdale 141 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, New York 10530 
program coordinator Annelies Herzl
P: (914) 997-7984
Westchester Jewish Community Services in Hartsdale, N.Y. has a Holocaust survivor support group and three second-generation groups that meet monthly; meetings are about two hours long
  New York, New York City Adult Children of Holocaust Survivors seems to be defunct 12-Step program designed to heal via the steps, (2nd generation survivors and their children) via a fellowship of support meets once a week in NYC at the 14th St. Workshop at 242 14th Street in Manhatten - Sundays from 5:45-7:00. 
Children of the Holocaust Anonymous Temple Shaarey Tefila, 250 East 79th Street (2nd Avenue) Adaption of 12-step support group model started by a woman profiled in a Washington Post Magazine article about the Jewish Claims Conference. Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm. Open to child survivors, hidden children and children of survivors.
Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children
345 East 80th Street (31-J) New York, N.Y. 10021
P: (212) 737-8524      
F: (212) 628-2086       E-mail: Yael Danieli 

Directed and co-founded by Yael Danieli, a clinical psychologist in private practice.  She has done extensive psychotherapeutic work with survivors and children of survivors on individual, family, group and community bases.
Mount Sinai Specialized Treatment Program for Holocaust Survivors and Their Children Mount Sinai Medical Center Fifth Avenue and 97th Street
Gila Schwarzbaum  P: 718-584-9000 ext 6971
Zilberfein, Felice
Program offers short term group psychotherapy to children of Holocaust survivors, designed to help offspring more clearly identify and confront the effects that the Holocaust has had on their lives. Clinicians are specifically experienced in the treatment of Holocaust survivors and their families. The psychotherapy sessions meet weekly for a specified number of weeks.
Training Institiute for Mental Health 22 West 21 Street, New York NY 10012. P: (212) 627-8181
Kogan, Howard, Director of Training at the Training Institute for Mental Health in NYC
Sponsors treatment services at a low cost ($20- $30 per session) and has a special program about the Holocaust and Second Generation.
Amira Kohn-Trattner 25 Central Park West Suite 1-E
New York, N.Y. 10023 
P: (212) 496-8486
Clinical social work psychotherapist and psychoanalyst with a deep understanding of the effect of the Holocaust on Survivors, Adult Children of Survivors and the third generation.  Offering individual therapy to all three generations and group therapy for 2nd and 3rd generation.  Has been a consultant to the German Government for many years (on behalf of Survivors), and to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on the Hidden Child.  Led support group at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue for second generation.   Group session are in English but in individual sessions Hebrew, German and Yiddish can also be spoken.
Annette Lebor 999 Central Ave.
Woodemere, NY 11598
(516) 295-1069
Woodmere, Long Island, Manhattan
Practice includes work with individuals, groups, couples - Adults and Children. She is currently running groups for Adult-Children of Holocaust Survivors and socialization groups.
Lynne Spevack (718) 377-3400 Clinical social work psychotherapist with private practice in Brooklyn, New York in the Midwood / Flatbush neighborhood, providing individual and family therapy. Specializes in working with people who have experienced traumas of various sorts, including Holocaust survivors and their descendants. Has counseled many 2s and 3gs regarding various issues, including improving their marital and other relationships, finding a mate and preparing for marriage, overcoming depression and anxiety, parent guidance, and spiritual concerns. Sliding fee scale, available for therapy group if there is sufficient interest, available to consult pro-bono to those forming a self-help group.
Maurice Preter 1160 Fifth Avenue, Suite 112, New York, N.Y. 10029
P: (212) 713-5336
Neurological and psychiatric evaluation and treatment in English, French, German and Yiddish, evaluation of medical documents for clinical and forensic purposes in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, no insurance or Medicare participation.
Yael Danieli
345 East 80th Street (31-J) New York, N.Y. 10021
P: (212) 737-8524      
F: (212) 628-2086      

Clinical psychologist in private practice, victimologist, traumatologist, and the Director of the Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, which she co-founded in 1975.  She has done extensive psychotherapeutic work with survivors and children of survivors on individual, family, group and community bases.
  Ohio, Cincinnati JFS Cincinnati
11223 Cornell Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH  45242 P: (513) 469-1188 F: (513) 469-1195
Has a clinical social worker whose specialization  includes Holocaust survivors and their families
Deborah Eckert Email D. Eckert Clinical social worker at JFS Cincinatti whose specializations expressly include Holocaust survivors and their families.
  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Council For Relationships Transcending Trauma Project 4025 Chestnut Street  Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 382-6680
Bea Hollander-Goldfein  215-382-6680
Nancy Isserman 
Running studies
Sara Botwinick P: (215) 473-4502 Therapist and consultant, and a researcher for TTP, worked with survivors at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in San Francisco and conducts training workshops on working with Holocaust survivors for health care and mental health professionals.
Ira Brenner Suite 116
10 Presidential Boulevard
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
P: (800) 789-7366
Has written extensively on the Holocaust and massive psychic trauma, including The Last Witness: The Child Survivor of the Holocaust (1996), Dissociation of Trauma: Theory, Phenomenology and Technique (2001), The Dimensions of Trauma (in press); and edited a special issue of the Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, on the Holocaust (Jan. 2002).

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