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Noted author to speak at Hadassah


Zieva Konissar, PhD

On Tuesday , May 5, The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will host author Zieva Konvisser, PhD.

She will review her book "Living Beyond Terrorism."

Konvisser's diverse career has evolved from pharmaceutical chemist to automotive executive to earning a post-"retirement" PhD in human development. As a Fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University and an adjunct assistant professor of criminal justice at Wayne State University, her research focuses on the human impact of traumatic events, such as terrorism, genocide, war, and wrongful conviction. She has served on the National Commission on American Jewish Women and the boards of several community, philanthropic, and professional organizations and is currently on the international board of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psycho Trauma and the advisory board of Strength to Strength. Whether in the laboratory, the streets of Jerusalem, or the boardroom, she has always been driven by a commitment to make a positive difference in people's lives and the communities in which they live and work.

No one can forget the devastating aftermath of a suicide bomber detonating in a crowded bus. But what happens to the survivors of such indiscriminate and horrific attacks? Will the physical and emotional scars overwhelm them, or will they be able to transcend the traumatic experience and lead healthy and fulfilling lives?

Many of those who survive are able to grow and thrive, as described in Konvisser's book "Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing."

In the book, she shares compelling stories of hope and healing, as told by ordinary people who while riding in buses, dining in restaurants, shopping in markets, studying at colleges, visiting hotels or walking along the street suddenly became the innocent victims of indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Israel, primarily between 2000 and 2006.

Forty-eight survivors and relatives of survivors and victims discuss their remarkable life journeys from terrorism to hope and optimism and from grief to meaning and healing; they speak not just of moving on with life as usual, but of moving forward with new purpose, contributing to society, and turning tragedy into action. They bear witness to their experiences in order to make sense of them as best as they can, and to help others. The powerful stories in "Living Beyond Terrorism" are testimony to their inner strength and determination and inspire others as they meet the challenges in their lives.

The luncheon meeting will be held at Congregation Ohev Shalom, Maitland Concourse at 11:30 a.m. For reservations and more information please contact Nancy Greenfield at 407-333-0204 or nancyg357@yahoo.com.


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