About Us

For Jewish Federations, supporting Holocaust survivors has always been a core part of our mission. Holocaust survivors, in turn, have become our guides and teachers inspiring our work around person-centered, trauma-informed(PCTI) care and enabling us to better serve all older adults with a history of trauma.

Our Work

The Center on Holocaust Survivor Care and Institute on Aging and Trauma serves Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers.
We fund and train organizations across the United States in providing PCTI care. Our goal is to make the PCTI approach the universal strategy for serving all older adults.

Our Approach

The PCTI approach infuses knowledge about trauma into organization programs, policies, and procedures to promote the safety and well-being of clients, visitors, staff, and volunteers.

Education

Explore our library of resources to support PCTI work.

Grants

Learn about our grant programs and the nonprofit organizations innovating in PCTI care.

Our Partners

We work in tandem with partners to enhance PCTI services.

Our Team

Meet the team behind The Center.

Leadership

  • Staci Barber

    Co-Chair of JFNA's Holocaust Survivor Initiative

  • Todd Morgan

    Co-Chair of JFNA's Holocaust Survivor Initiative

Programs

  • Shelley Rood Wernick

    Managing Director

  • Leah Bergen Miller

    Director

  • Karen Edell Yoskowitz

    Assistant Director

  • Amanda Jarvis

    Project Manager

  • Abby Neft

    Project Assistant

  • Elissa Mittman

    Financial Oversight Advisor

Research and Evaluation

  • Carmel Rabin

    Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation

  • Vanessa Rubenstein

    Graduate Fellow, Research and Evaluation

Press

See the latest updates about our work.

New free program to offer support for family caregivers in Michigan

October 12, 2022
The Oakland Press

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Second Annual Holocaust Survivor Day Embraces ‘the Spirit of Celebrating Life’

June 29, 2022
The Algemeiner
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Jewish communities around the world observe Holocaust Survivor Day

June 28, 2022
Jerusalem Post
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Holocaust Survivor Day: ‘Human tendency to survive at all cost’

June 28, 2022
All Israel News
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Second annual Holocaust Survivor Day aims to show appreciation for a dwindling population

June 27, 2022
eJewish Philanthropy
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Combatting Loneliness, Poverty, and Trauma in the Lives of Holocaust Survivors

April 25, 2022
Union for Reform Judiasm
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For Holocaust survivors from Ukraine, Russian invasion stirs painful memories

March 16, 2022
The Washington Post
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Ukraine invasion retraumatizes US Holocaust survivors

March 15, 2022
The Jerusalem Post
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Senior White House officials share stories of family who survived the Holocaust

January 28, 2022
Jewish Insider
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Politicizing the Holocaust dehumanizes us all

January 27, 2022
CNN
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Holocaust survivors in the US still struggling to survive

January 26, 2022
The Jerusalem Post
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Innovating Care for Holocaust Survivors

October 27, 2021
Haartez
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Israeli startup Uniper eases loneliness among homebound seniors

July 22, 2021
e-Jewish Philanthropy
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New Technology Connects Holocaust Survivors

April 8, 2021
Jewish Journal
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In Honor of National Family Caregivers Month: A Note on Caring for Older Adults with a History of Trauma

November 5, 2020
U.S. Administration for Community Living Bulletin
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Jewish Federations group gets $5M grant to help Holocaust survivors

August 6, 2020
Forward
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Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Holocaust Survivors at Special Risk -- and Getting Extra Help

April 21, 2020
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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Yom HaShoah: A Day to Remember, A Day to Make a Difference

April 20, 2020
eJewishPhilanthropy
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Liberation of Auschwitz a Reminder of our Sacred Work

January 23, 2020
Jewish Journal
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Here's How We Can Preserve the Dignity of Aging Holocaust Survivors

June 23, 2017
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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