Kristallnacht Event: Ending Intergenerational Trauma

November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Kristallnacht Event: Ending Intergenerational Trauma

The trauma transmitted to the children and grandchildren of survivors is the subject of a special event to mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the 1938 night of broken glass when Nazis massively destroyed Jewish stores and synagogues.  The speakers are Susan Greif, a daughter of Holocaust survivors and Christina Heike, daughter of German WWII survivors.

The two speakers met in a networking group and connected over the fact that they both were working in trauma release with their clients. Overcoming initial apprehension, they developed a caring friendship, bridging the divide of their ancestors’ traumatic experience.

 Ancestral trauma is a condition that can apply to descendants of any people who undergo trauma. It can not only impact parenting but also affects DNA and can be passed down throughout the generations in the form of inter-generational PTSD.  Inter-generational trauma is not just limited to victims of war, but also includes the trauma of sexual and child abuse, genocide or enslavement of a people. The study of how DNA can change is known as epigenetics.


About the Speakers:

Susan Greif is a speaker, author, and owner of Art Mends Hearts, LLC who uses visual, expressive and healing arts to help her clients “see” forgotten trauma that keeps her clients feeling paralyzed, panicked, powerless and in pain, and offers them creative strategies to help them take actions to make shifts in their lives. Christina Heike is an international Trauma and Holistic Health Expert, speaker, teacher, and artist. She synthesizes science and spirituality and holds MS degrees in Special Education, Educational Psychology and Science of Sports, and is a German certified Naturopathic and Ayurvedic practitioner.


The Shaarei Tikvah program is open to the community, with reservation in advance required. The program will be moderated by Shaarei Tikvah member Miriam Schulman, who will both introduce and facilitate the conversation. Each speaker’s story will heavily draw from their individual perspectives but the questions will also dive into how they work with clients to overcome trauma. There will also be time for questions from the audience.


For more information and to RSVP, please call 914-472-2013 ext. 300 or email Shaarei Tikvah is located at 46 Fox Meadow Road in Scarsdale.