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“Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” (Viktor E. Frankl)
I was privileged to have been born in the US on June 3, 1959 to parents who were immigrants from different countries; my father, a Holocaust survivor from Poland, and my mother, a 9th generation Israeli. I received a traditional Jewish education and learned early on how to move between languages, cultures, and traditions.
Although I have found myself manifesting many identities in my life, there is one identity I have never shunned or doubted: that of a “seeker”, a seeker of meaning of my life and meaning in my life. At age 21, I immigrated to Israel, several years later I left for East Asia, where I spent close to 5 years, immersing myself in the languages, martial arts, and philosophical, psychological and spiritual teachings of the East. Much of this wisdom guides me today as well.
It took me some years to realize that my deepest purpose in life is not only to seek meaning for myself but to help others to do the same in their lives. There is no greater challenge, opportunity and sense of fulfillment than to do this in our Second Half of Life, when our identities, roles, and experience call us to evolve into our “wisdom years”.
If these words resonate in your mind and heart as they have in mine, then we have already “connected” and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Certificates and Qualifications
2022- Advanced training in Logotherapy Certificate- Viktor Frankl Institute of Israel
2022- Introduction to Existential Therapy- (Univ. of Oxford Online Extension Studies)- UK
2021- Certified Sage-ing Leader- Sage-ing International- US
2020- in process. Ph.D. candidate, Wisdom Studies, Ubiquity University (online). Doctoral thesis: “Reflections of children of Holocaust survivors in their second half of life, on their life experience.”
2019- Guided Autobiography Certificate- Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies- US
2015- Group Coaching Training- Israel (I have facilitated and created over one hundred groups/workshops since 2004).
2014- Spiritual Care in the Community Course - Israel
2011- Storytelling Training Course Certificate- Golem Center- Israel
2008- Psychology and Philosophy of Buddhism- Psychodharma Institute- Israel.
2004- Senior Level Life and Business Coach Qualification- Israel Coaching Association.
(I have coached hundreds of clients and over 6000 hours since 2004).
1999- Diploma in Human Resource Management, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
1989- M.B.A. in International Management-Thunderbird School of Global Management- US
1987- Advanced training in Internal Chinese Martial Arts- Taiwan
1986- Black Belt Qualification in Aikido- Osaka, Japan
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