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Coffee Talk/Education Day

Monday, March 14, 2011
10:00 a.m.

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.

 Tobe Snow, chair for Coffee Talk, and Gilda Schwartz, chair for Education Day.
Tobe Snow is the chair for Coffee Talk and Gilda Schwartz is the chair for Education Day.
 Bobbi Handwerger, Sandra Spitz, and Diana Fenichel enjoyed the bagels and other refreshments provided by Cedar Village.
Bobbi Handwerger, Hadassah Co-President, Sandra Spitz, and Diana Fenichel enjoyed the bagels and other refreshments provided by Cedar Village.
 Hadassah members Rita Rothenberg, Adele Gutterman and Bea Goodman.
Hadassah members Rita Rothenberg, Adele Gutterman and Bea Goodman.
 Bagels and other refreshments were supplied by Cedar Village.
Bagels and other refreshments were supplied by Cedar Village.
 Marcia Westcott, Director of Resident Programming at Cedar Village, and Gilda Schwartz, Education Day Chair, introduced the guest speakers.
Marcia Westcott, Director of Resident Programming at Cedar Village, and Gilda Schwartz, Education Day Chair, introduced the guest speakers.
 Gail Ziegler, a social worker from Jewish Family Services, spoke about special problems with aging of Holocaust survivors.
Gail Ziegler, a social worker from Jewish Family Services, spoke about special problems of Holocaust survivors with aging.
 Christian Cramer is a young volunteer from German, who spoke about the history and purpose of the organization, Action Reconciliation Service for Peace.
Christian Cramer, a young volunteer from German, spoke about the history and purpose of the organization Action Reconciliation Service for Peace.
 In his PowerPoint presentation, Christian spoke about Lothar Kreyssig, the founder of the ARSP.
In his PowerPoint presentation, Christian spoke about Lothar Kreyssig, the founder of the ARSP.
 These are the goals of the ARSP.
This slide shows the purpose and goals of the ARSP.
 The audience listened intently.
The audience was made up mainly of Hadassah members and Cedar Village residents.
 The audience listened intently.
The audience listened intently.
 Tobe Snow, Coffee Talk Chair, thanked Gail Ziegler and Christian Cramer for their informative presentations.
Tobe Snow, Coffee Talk Chair, thanked Gail Ziegler and Christian Cramer for their informative presentations.
 Gail Ziegler, Christian Cramer, Tobe Snow, Gilda Schwartz and Marcia Westcott.
Gail Ziegler, Christian Cramer, Tobe Snow, Gilda Schwartz and Marcia Westcott.
 Tobe Snow awarded a Hadassah certificate to Christian for his participation in this event.
Tobe Snow awarded a Hadassah certificate to Christian for his participation in this event.

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