The Neuberger's Dialogue for Descendants (D4D) committee provides specialized programming for children of Holocaust survivors and their partners. Launched in 2016, D4D features a program during the Neuberger's annual Holocaust Education Week plus other dynamic and meaningful programs throughout the year.  

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join D4D ONLINE FOR A Dialogue for descendants Webinar


How Descendants of Holocaust Survivors are Experiencing the Current Pandemic

Join renowned clinical psychologist and expert on trauma Dr. Irit Felsen for this Neuberger online webinar to explore the experiences of descendants of survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Felsen has worked extensively on inherited trauma in her professional practice and research. Children of Holocaust survivors often experience significant life events differently from their peers, in a way that is coloured by their unique legacy. Such sensitivity might be currently exacerbated as we collectively live through an unprecedented pandemic with many potential reminders and connections to the trauma of the Holocaust. This program focuses on articulating the multiple possible reactions of descendants of survivors to the pandemic, aims to increase understanding and enhance resilient coping during this complex time.

Irit Felsen, PhD, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Dept of Psychology and at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and a clinical psychologist with a special focus on Holocaust survivors and their families.

Hosted by: Dara Solomon, Executive Director, Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre

TUESDAY, MAY 19 @ 7:30 pm

This free program is open to descendants of Holocaust survivors (2G) and their partners. Registration required. Webinar link will be provided after registration.


Photo: Henia Reinhartz. Brussels, circa 1948. Courtesy of the Azrieli Foundation Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.


Important Event Update from the Neuberger (3/11/2020):

We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our activities, and are in frequent dialogue with our supporting organization, UJA Federation, about all public gatherings.

The Neuberger has decided to cancel or postpone all public gatherings, events, and large meetings for the month of March, including this one. While this is unfortunate, we also believe that this decision is best to prevent further spread of the disease to potentially vulnerable publics.

Great events can always wait. Protecting your health – and that of our entire community – can’t wait. We hope to be able to reschedule this event soon.

The Neuberger's Dialogue for Descendants group presents a dynamic program that will explore portraits of resistance within Henia Reinhartz's memoir Bits and Pieces, a book that began as a private letter to her grandchildren. Dr. Lesley Simpson will explore how the grandchildren interpreted the legacy they had received and highlight the work of one of Reinhartz's grandchildren, the painter Shoshana Walfish. More Information 

This program, presented by the Neuberger’s Dialogue for Descendants group, is open to all descendants (children and grandchildren) of Holocaust survivors and their partners. 


rescuing stories while we can: d4d HEW pROGRAM

tuesday, november 5 / 7:30 PM 


How can we rescue the stories which may soon pass into oblivion? What can we learn from their history to protect our future? This program, designed specifically for children of Holocaust survivors and their partners, features Peggy Shapiro, Executive Director of StandWithUs Midwest and daughter of Holocaust survivors, addressing the importance of capturing these stories before it is too late.

D4D opening night of the pianist of willesden lane 

thursday, november 7 / 8:00 pm 


Children of Holocaust survivors and their partners are invited to take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer for opening night of this remarkable production from Mona Golobek, a daughter of a survivor sharing her mother’s story through music. Presented in partnership with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company with generous support from UJA's Kultura Collective.

Co-sponsored by Gerry & Sonia Rowan.
Reception Sponsors: Glenda & Alan Wainer, in honour of Deborah Vadas Levison and in memory of Leisor (Holocaust survivor) & Ann Wainer; Diane & Dave Tessler, Cheryl Ryshpan and Samuel Singer. 

D4D Mid-Year Program 

The Crate 

The Neuberger's D4D Committee presents our annual mid-year program, featuring award-winning author Deborah Vadas Levison, daughter of Holocaust survivors.


Deborah will discuss her latest book, The Crate, describing the extraordinary account of her parents' ordeals, both in one of the darkest times in world history and their present-day lives. The book is equal parts detective story, history lesson, and family memoir, each searing in its own telling. Post-program the author will be available for book signing. 

Monday, May 13
7:00 PM (Dessert Reception, 6:30 PM)
Prosserman JCC | Room 211
4588 Bathurst Street 

D4D Symposium

The D4D full-day symposium is designed as a meaningful forum for education, discussion and engagement. Featuring keynote speakers and interactive workshops, participants consider different perspectives on their role in perpetuating the future of Holocaust memory and examine their unique experiences as children of survivors.