Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica

Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica The mission of the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica is to examine and engage with the intersections of Jewish history, culture and identity.
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The museum collection, assembled over many decades, bears witness to the Temple’s past, as well as to a desire to understand ourselves as part of a world Jewish community. To this end, the collection features memorabilia and liturgical objects that come from our congregational family, as well as ritual and everyday artifacts that were a part of Jewish life throughout the world.

#Repost @streickercenter・・・Michael Urie steps back into the role of Alex More in BUYER & CELLAR (by Jonathan Tolins) ton...
02/23/2020

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Michael Urie steps back into the role of Alex More in BUYER & CELLAR (by Jonathan Tolins) tonight at the @streickercenter; a one-man comedy centered on the world of Barbra.
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Directed by Nic Cory. Original Off-Broadway Production by Darren Bagert, Dan Shaheen and Ted Snowdon. World premiere produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (David Van Asselt, Artistic Director; Brian Long, Managing Director)

02/09/2020

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Happy Oscars everyone! A classic clip from the Oscars Telecast as icon Barbra Streisand accepts her award for “Funny Girl” from Ingrid Bergman. Streisand was joint winner with Katherine Hepburn. Hope you enjoy watching tonight. Don’t forget to come see our exhibition Hello Gorgeous tomorrow. We are open from 10:00-4:00 #oscars #oscars1969
#streisand #barbrastreisand #hellogorgeous #funnygirl #oscarbestactress

One week until we celebrate the music of Barbra Streisand. Kicking off our program and exhibition: Hello Gorgeous. Detai...
10/21/2019

One week until we celebrate the music of Barbra Streisand. Kicking off our program and exhibition: Hello Gorgeous. Details on our website. #barbrastreisand #hellogorgeous

Getting ready for our next exhibition Hello Gorgeous, all about Barbra Streisand! Exhibition opens to the public October...
10/16/2019

Getting ready for our next exhibition Hello Gorgeous, all about Barbra Streisand! Exhibition opens to the public October 29. Come to our opening program at the @streickercenter. Link in bio. #barbrastreisand #hellogorgeous @ Temple Emanu-El

Shanah Tova. Detail image of Torah Shield, Nuremberg, Ca. 1717. CEE 45-17, Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman. ...#roshhasha...
09/27/2019

Shanah Tova. Detail image of Torah Shield, Nuremberg, Ca. 1717. CEE 45-17, Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman.
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#roshhashanah #judaica #shofar

Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica's cover photo
08/09/2019

Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica's cover photo

08/09/2019
The Guiding Hand - Exhibit

Check out this great video by NYC Traveler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I8I-wbe0Bo

Sunday, August 11th is the last day of the exhibition The Guiding Hand: Torah Pointers from Past to Present

The Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum has three gallery spaces, two rooms are dedicated to curated and thematic exhibitions, in line with the Museum’s missio...

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Photo from the Temple Archives: Father Son & Daughter Dinner. Sponsored by...
06/16/2019

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Photo from the Temple Archives: Father Son & Daughter Dinner. Sponsored by the Men’s Club. March 18, 1950..
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#archives #photoarchive #dads #fathersday #templehistory #emanuel

Purim Sameach! Tonight begins the holiday of Purim where we read from the Esther Scroll. The Bernard Museum has 17 scrol...
03/20/2019

Purim Sameach! Tonight begins the holiday of Purim where we read from the Esther Scroll. The Bernard Museum has 17 scrolls in our collection. This scroll is from the 19th century and the beautiful elaborate silver case was made in Vienna in 1840. Gift of Henry Toch [CEE 29-25]..
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#purim #megillah #estherscroll #judaica #vienna

#tbt 91 years ago today Emanu-El trustee Henry Toch donated his Judaica collection to the Temple in hopes of one day est...
02/28/2019

#tbt 91 years ago today Emanu-El trustee Henry Toch donated his Judaica collection to the Temple in hopes of one day establishing a Musee Judicae (Jewish Museum). Source: Board of Trustees Minutes 1926-1930, p. 93, Temple Emanu-El Archives.
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#toch #judaica #collecrion #emanuel #jewishmuseum #museejudicae #templearchives

Object of the week: Torah pointer (yad) by Ina Golub (1938-2015). Wood, glass beads and silver. On loan from the Barr Fo...
02/08/2019

Object of the week: Torah pointer (yad) by Ina Golub (1938-2015). Wood, glass beads and silver. On loan from the Barr Foundation.
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Come visit our new exhibition The Guiding Hand featuring over 150 Torah pointers from the collection of the Barr Foundation. Now on view through May 30th. #yad #torahpointer #judaica #barrfoundation #inagalub #beads

#Repost @streickercenter with @get_repost・・・The Bernard Museum of Judaica’s exhibition opening of The Guiding Hand.An ex...
02/07/2019

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The Bernard Museum of Judaica’s exhibition opening of The Guiding Hand
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An exhibition celebrating the design of over 160 antique and modern YADS (Torah pointers). The exhibition will be open ‪through May 30‬
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The opening commenced with a moving procession of 73 Torah scrolls from the once-vibrant Czechoslovakian Jewry, decimated around the world during the Holocaust and brought back together last night in honor of the groundbreaking display of YADS
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#torah #museumopening #art #design #BernardMuseum #TempleEmanuel #StreickerCenter #Judaism #Holocaust #memorialscrollstrust @emanuel_nyc @bernardmuseumofjudaica

#Repost @emanuel_nyc with @get_repost・・・Don't miss the opening of a new exhibition at Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of...
01/30/2019

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Don't miss the opening of a new exhibition at Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica (@bernardmuseumofjudaica) — 'The Guiding Hand' — next week! This exhibition focuses on the Yad ("pointer" in Hebrew), which is used to read the Torah.

We will be hosting a celebratory reception at the museum on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:00 PM.

To mark the opening of this exhibition, we will hold a moving processional of over 50 Torah scrolls from tri-state-area synagogues to complement the first-ever New York gathering of scrolls from Czechoslovakia that survived the Holocaust, in partnership with Memorial Scrolls Trust of London.

This event is free, but please RSVP at: bit.ly/guiding-hand

#tenyearchallenge exhibition style. 2008-9 exhibition on Jewish postcard. And our 2019 exhibition opening in a few weeks...
01/18/2019

#tenyearchallenge exhibition style. 2008-9 exhibition on Jewish postcard. And our 2019 exhibition opening in a few weeks on yads or Torah pointers. Two focus exhibitions ten years apart. Please join us Tuesday, February 5th for our opening. See the link in bio for registration.
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#exhibitions #museum #postcards #yads #Barrfoundation #judaica @ Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica

Shabbat Shalom! Object of the week: Kiddish Cup, Berlin, second half of the 18th century. Inscription is from Psalms 23:...
01/11/2019

Shabbat Shalom! Object of the week: Kiddish Cup, Berlin, second half of the 18th century. Inscription is from Psalms 23:1 “The L[ord] is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Collection item of the week: Torah Curtain Panel (fragment) and Valance, Central Europe, 1773Panel is embroidered with a...
01/03/2019

Collection item of the week: Torah Curtain Panel (fragment) and Valance, Central Europe, 1773

Panel is embroidered with a dedication: “ark curtain presented by the honored teacher Rabbi Itzik son of Pinchas and his humble and pious wife Yitl from Onder Eldarteh (?)

While it is possible that the valance and panel were from the same community both are inscribed with the exact same year 1773.

Bequest of judge Irving Lehman CEE 45-236 and 45-237
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#lehmancollection #judaica #valance #curtain #parokhet #collectionitemoftheweek #1773

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 8. Hanukkah Lamp by American silversmith Bernard Bernstein, 2002. Cast iron, food grind...
12/09/2018

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 8. Hanukkah Lamp by American silversmith Bernard Bernstein, 2002. Cast iron, food grinder, cooper, nickel silver, brass. [CEE 17-15 Gift of the artist]
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#hanukkah #8nights8lamps #judaica #bernardbernstein

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 7. Circular Hanukkah Lamp, 20th century probably American. [CEE 88-02 Gift of Dr. Jacob...
12/09/2018

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 7. Circular Hanukkah Lamp, 20th century probably American. [CEE 88-02 Gift of Dr. Jacob Birnbaum]
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#8nights8lamps #hanukkah #judaica

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 6. Hanukkah Lamp, Germany, 20th century, tin and scrap metal. [CEE 10-05 gift of Rosali...
12/07/2018

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 6. Hanukkah Lamp, Germany, 20th century, tin and scrap metal. [CEE 10-05 gift of Rosalind Pretzfelder]
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#hanukkah #8nights8lamps #judaica

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 5. Silver Hanukkah Lamp used during our sunset service during the festival of Hanukkah ...
12/06/2018

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 5. Silver Hanukkah Lamp used during our sunset service during the festival of Hanukkah and on permanent display in our 65th Street lobby. Photo two is Rabbi Amy Ehrlich lighting it at our Streicker Center event Tuesday night. [CEE 29-32 gift of Cecelia Borg, 1892]
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#hanukkah #8nights8lamps #judaica #museum @ Temple Emanu-El

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 4. Silver Hanukkah Lamp, German, mid-19th century. Makers mark: WA. [CEE 45-122, Beques...
12/06/2018

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 4. Silver Hanukkah Lamp, German, mid-19th century. Makers mark: WA. [CEE 45-122, Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman]
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#hanukkah #hanukiyah #museum #judaica #8nights8lamps #bernardmuseum @ Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica

Eight Night, Eight Lamps: night 3. Brass cast Polish Hanukkah Lamp, 20th century. [CEE 45-202, Bequest of Judge Irving L...
12/04/2018

Eight Night, Eight Lamps: night 3. Brass cast Polish Hanukkah Lamp, 20th century. [CEE 45-202, Bequest of Judge Irving Lehman]
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#hanukkah #lions #menorah #museum

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 2: Zeev Raban Lion Hanukiyah, Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, early 1920s. Inscribed...
12/03/2018

Eight Nights, Eight Lamps: Night 2: Zeev Raban Lion Hanukiyah, Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, early 1920s. Inscribed on arch: “if I am not for myself, who will be for me (Pirke ascot 1:14) [CEE 45-92]
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#hanukkah #night2 #bezalel #judaica #lions

Eight nights, eight lamps. Come see our 18th century synagogue lamp on view in the Astor Hall at the New York Public Lib...
12/02/2018

Eight nights, eight lamps. Come see our 18th century synagogue lamp on view in the Astor Hall at the New York Public Library 42nd Street Branch. Poland, cast brass, [CEE 45-232, bequest of Judge Irving Lehman]
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#hanukkah #chanukkah #eightnights #judaica #nypl #bernardmuseum

Only three more days to get your final passport stamp. Reminder: All entries must be received by Tuesday, November 20, a...
11/16/2018

Only three more days to get your final passport stamp. Reminder: All entries must be received by Tuesday, November 20, as the drawing will take place on Wednesday, November 21. Winners will be notified that day. Only one entry per person. Drop your passport off at the security desk at One East 65th St. .
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#homewxhibition #israel #passport #freetrip #kiryatbialik

Did you set your clocks back one hour yesterday? We did! The museum is open for another three weeks to see the photo exh...
11/05/2018

Did you set your clocks back one hour yesterday? We did! The museum is open for another three weeks to see the photo exhibition Home: Lens on Israel. .
Clock by Joseph Buchegger, Austria, 19th century [CEE 45-128, bequest of Judge Irving Lehman]
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Hanukkah Lamp with Clock, Eastern Europe, 19th century [CEE 45-142 bequest of Judge Irving Lehman]
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#clocksfromthecollection #dlst #daylightsavingstime #museum #clocks #time @ Temple Emanu-El

From our current exhibition Home: Lens on Israel. Photo by Hollis Rafkin-Sax.
09/07/2018

From our current exhibition Home: Lens on Israel. Photo by Hollis Rafkin-Sax.

Come visit our 5th rotation of our exhibition Home: Lens on Israel. The 5th rotation focus on the Druze village of Januc...
08/29/2018

Come visit our 5th rotation of our exhibition Home: Lens on Israel. The 5th rotation focus on the Druze village of Januch-Jat with a look at women in the community. Don't forget to get your passport stamped to enter to win a FREE trip to Israel. Photo by Elizabeth Ann Kahane.

Woman’s Kiddush Glass, Bohemia, 19th century. In honor of international Woman’s Day. (CEE 72-11)
03/08/2018

Woman’s Kiddush Glass, Bohemia, 19th century. In honor of international Woman’s Day. (CEE 72-11)

Although we aren’t sports fans we couldn’t help but take this opportunity to look at some eagles in our collection. Cloc...
02/05/2018

Although we aren’t sports fans we couldn’t help but take this opportunity to look at some eagles in our collection. Clockwise from the top: Emanu-El seal, 1860’s; Schiff Torah shield, 1891; Bezalel book binding, Ca. 1920.

Tune in tonight at 7:00PM EST to Food Without Borders on Heritage Radio Network http://heritageradionetwork.org/series/f...
01/31/2018
Food Without Borders

Tune in tonight at 7:00PM EST to Food Without Borders on Heritage Radio Network http://heritageradionetwork.org/series/food-without-borders/ Bernard Museum Curator Warren Klein and Rabbi Debbie Prinz will talk about chocolate as an immigrant food and the exhibition Semi(te) Sweet On Jews and Chocolate, on view through February 25th. Temple Emanu-El

Immigrants make our food system vibrant, diverse and delicious. Each week, food writer Sari Kamin will speak to a noteworthy guest about how food helps connect them to their past, ease potential conflict across cultures and strengthen the future. She’ll also explore what it’s really like to be a...

Barton’s Bonbonniere founder, Stephen Klein, fled Vienna ultimately for New York the day after the 1938 Nazi march into ...
01/12/2018

Barton’s Bonbonniere founder, Stephen Klein, fled Vienna ultimately for New York the day after the 1938 Nazi march into Austria. A Nazi competitor had seized ownership of his chocolate company. From the small New York apartment that he shared with about ten family members, he prepared chocolates which relatives then sold from pushcarts, catering to the varied tastes of his neighborhoods. By 1952, there were at least fifty shops.

Shown here are a variety of Barton's ephemera, including Passover Haggadot and Seder-inspired chocolate tin.

On this last night of Hanukkah, we delve into the history of that delicious Jewish chocolate coin: gelt. Hanukkah recall...
12/19/2017

On this last night of Hanukkah, we delve into the history of that delicious Jewish chocolate coin: gelt.

Hanukkah recalls the victory of the ancient Maccabees over the Syrian Hellenists oppressors and renewed access by the Jews to their ancient Temple in Jerusalem (165 BCE) after its desecration. The gelt of Hanukkah symbolizes the booty, including coins, that the Maccabean victors distributed to the Jewish widows, soldiers, and orphans, possibly at the first celebration of the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple.

Pictured here is a sack of iconic Hanukkah gelt alongside the Christian chocolate coins of St. Nicholas. The parallels and differences between these two traditions are explored in Semi(te) Sweet: Jews on the Chocolate Trail. On view now.

Wishing all a happy and sweet Hanukkah!

12/01/2017
From welcoming Shabbat with chocolate to Hanukkah gelt to founding the famous Barton's Bonbonniere in New York, Jews hav...
11/21/2017
A Connection Beyond Hanukkah Gelt

From welcoming Shabbat with chocolate to Hanukkah gelt to founding the famous Barton's Bonbonniere in New York, Jews have had a rich and intertwining history with chocolate that stretches centuries.

On Jews and Chocolate, on view now through Feb. 25, 2018.

“On Jews and Chocolate” at Temple Emanu-El’s Judaica museum looks at a history that can be traced back to Europe.

11/16/2017
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11/14/2017

Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica

Highlights of the exhibited objects include: Albert Einstein’s childhood chocolate cup; business documents of Newport, R...
11/14/2017
Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate {The Exhibition}

Highlights of the exhibited objects include: Albert Einstein’s childhood chocolate cup; business documents of Newport, Rhode Island chocolate trader, Aaron Lopez; and, a 19th century history of Bayonne, France, which identifies Sephardi Jews as the first chocolate makers in France.

A tin of Barton’s Almond Kisses. A stretchy yellow pouch of Elite Gelt. Imagine the intersection of Jewish life and chocolate, and those are the markers ...

Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate has opened and we are meshuga for chocolate! Come experience the tastes, stories, ...
11/09/2017
Exhibit Opened! "Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate" — Jewish Journal

Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate has opened and we are meshuga for chocolate! Come experience the tastes, stories, and objects tracing the relationship of Jews and chocolate through history. On view now through February 25, 2018.

A tin of Barton’s Almond Kisses. A stretchy yellow pouch of Elite Gelt. Imagine the intersection of Jewish life and chocolate, and those are the markers th

Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica's cover photo
10/17/2017

Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica's cover photo

Jews and chocolate: what could be a better combination? The Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum is happy to announce the ope...
10/17/2017

Jews and chocolate: what could be a better combination? The Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum is happy to announce the opening of its fall exhibition, Semi(te) Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate.

Come sink your teeth into some chocolate and learn about the intertwining histories of the decadent delight and Jewish migration, culture, and livelihood.

Join us October 20th at 6:00 pm for a special chocolate-inspired Oneg Shabbat, followed by the opening of the exhibition. Special opening remarks will be given by author, rabbi, and chocolate aficionado Deborah Prinz.

Chag Sameach! Wishing everyone a festive Sukkot. Image of the Sukkah in the Main Sanctuary circa 1955. Not much has chan...
10/06/2017

Chag Sameach! Wishing everyone a festive Sukkot.

Image of the Sukkah in the Main Sanctuary circa 1955. Not much has changed….

Shanah Tova! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and sweet new year. Blowing the shofar at Temple Emanu-El, 43rd Street an...
09/20/2017

Shanah Tova! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and sweet new year.

Blowing the shofar at Temple Emanu-El, 43rd Street and Fifth Avenue. From Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, September 15, 1888.

Museum curator Warren Klein leading a sanctuary tour for Marymount Manhattan College students.
09/15/2017

Museum curator Warren Klein leading a sanctuary tour for Marymount Manhattan College students.

Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica Curator Warren Klein leading a tour for Professor Herling's "Religions" class from Marymount Manhattan College

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NEW DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A HIDDEN SHOAH STORY Dear friends, It’s an honor for me to be at the forefront of a story tradition that belongs uniquely to children of Holocaust survivors. Thank you for inviting me to tell you more. My new film is quite a departure from my last one, LUNCH, about Jewish comedy legends: The Presence of Their Absence follows a son of survivors on a journey to trace his inherited trauma. Armed with only scant clues from his late parents, Fred Zaidman ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time. With helpers in Poland, Israel, Germany, and an unlikely source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta - Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah. Yad Vashem has called The Presence of Their Absence “a film for the ages”. We are delighted it has just come to Digital HD on iTunes and your other platforms: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-presence-of-their-absence/id1449946652 https://www.amazon.com/Presence-Their-Absence-Fred-Zaidman/dp/B07P1C57FL. You may also order a DVD on our website: https://thepresenceoftheirabsence.com/ I hope you will view the film, send your thoughts, and share your personal stories on [email protected] With gratitude, Donna Kanter and team
NEW DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A HIDDEN SHOAH STORY Dear friends, It is an honor for me to be at the forefront of a story tradition that belongs uniquely to children of Holocaust survivors. It is quite a departure from my last film, LUNCH, featuring comedy legends. Thank you for inviting us to tell you more. It is a special privilege to follow one son of survivors on a journey to trace his inherited trauma in my documentary, The Presence of Their Absence. Armed with only scant clues from his late parents, Fred Zaidman ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time. With helpers in Poland, Israel, Germany, and an unlikely source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta - Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah. Yad Vashem has called The Presence of Their Absence “a film for the ages”. We are delighted it has just come to Digital HD on iTunes and your other platforms:https://itunes.apple.com/…/the-presence-of-the…/id 1449946652 - The link includes the trailer. Also try: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Presence-Their-Absence-Fred-Zaidman/dp/B07P1C57FL It is also available on DVD. Information is on our website (thepresenceoftheirabsence,.com) I hope you will view the film, send your thoughts (and consider sharing your personal stories), as we plan a new film on trans-generational trauma. With gratitude, Donna Kanter and team