Coffee Talk/Education Day
|Monday, March 14, 2011|
Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah and Jewish Family Services presented a program on the Holocaust and a German volunteer organization dedicated to reconciliation on Monday morning, March 14th, at Cedar Village Retirement Community. Combining the Hadassah Coffee Talk program with the annual Education Day, there were two guest speakers, Gail Ziegler, a social worker at Jewish Family Services who works with Aging and Caregiving services, and Christian Cramer, a young German volunteer from the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP).
Gail Ziegler spoke about special problem of Holocaust survivors with aging and dealing with loss. Her PowerPoint presentation outlined how it is difficult for many people to accept loss of health, independence and loved ones, but for Holocaust survivors, loss can also trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. She offered encouraging tips for keeping active both physically and mentally.
Christian Cramer gave a PowerPoint presentation about the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, founded in 1959. Initialy, the ARSP recruited volunteers to atone for the horrors of the Holocaust by building schools, synagogues, meeting centers and other projects for peoples victimized by the Nazis. Eventually, social work took the place of construction, and volunteers started working with Holocaust survivors and their families, minorities, and summer camp programs. ARSP's program offers an opportunity for young volunteers to learn about the history, other cultures and societies and about themselves. Most volunteers are between the ages of 19 and 25 and are committed to 12 months of service. Christian Cramer graduated from high school last year and is in Cincinnati this year working with Holocaust survivors and their families and talking to people about the Holocaust.