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Psychoanalysis in Israel: Trauma, Anti-Semitism, and Victimization
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Psychoanalysis in Israel: Trauma, Anti-Semitism, and Victimization

May 6 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for our Sixth Annual Jewish Thought & Psychoanalysis Lecture as we welcome Dr. Eran J. Rolnik from Tel-Aviv. He is a noted psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and historian. He will share with us his unique perspective on the development of psychoanalytic discourse in Israel.

Few chapters in the history of psychoanalysis are as densely packed with transcultural, ideological, and moral issues as the coming of psychoanalysis to Jewish Palestine – a geopolitical space which bears some of the deepest scars of twentieth-century European, and in particular Jewish, history. This talk will bring into focus several points of entry of psychoanalysis into Hebrew culture. In what way has the story of psychoanalysis coming to Israel echoed Jewish experience during the first half of the last Century? To what extent has the Israeli experience during the second half of the twentieth century influenced the way Israeli analysts listen to their patients today? Are there any particular insights for contemporary psychotherapeutic discourse that could be gained from the history of psychoanalysis in Israel?

Eran J. Rolnik is a training and supervising psychoanalyst, psychiatrist and historian. He is on the faculty of the Max Eitingon Institute for Psychoanalysis and Tel-Aviv University Medical School program for postgraduate training in psychotherapy. He also heads the medical department at the Office for Personal Compensation from Germany at the Israel Ministry of Finance.

Dr. Rolnik has written extensively on the history of psychoanalysis. He translated and edited numerous volumes of Freud’s essays, and is well known in Israel for his commitment to sensitizing the general public to the value of transposing psychoanalytic thinking onto daily social and political reality. His book Freud in Zion: Psychoanalysis and the Making of Modern Jewish Identity (2012) won the critical acclaim as one of the best books on the history of psychoanalysis. He recently co-edited the volume Freud, Einstein and the Wars to Come (Carmel Jerusalem 2018). His forthcoming volume of Freud’s letters  is due to appear in early 2019. Dr. Rolnik has a private practice in Tel-Aviv.

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