Meet our Forum Leaders
Bereavement and Grief Counseling
Zahava Farbman, MSW, is a veteran traumatologist, having worked in this field for close to two decades.
Formerly she held the position as a director of Camp Simcha, Chai Lifelines overnight camp for children with cancer and other medical challenges.
Zahavas current position, which she has held for much of her career, is the Associate Director of Project Chai, the Crisis Intervention, Trauma and Bereavement Department of Chai Lifeline, where she focuses on helping families and communities locally, nationally, and internationally prepare for and respond to the full range of crises, traumas and tragedies.
In addition, Zahava is the responder for mental health emergencies for Hatzolah of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway in NY. Zahava is currently pursuing a PhD in social work with a focus in grief and trauma in Wurzweiler where she is also an adjunct professor.
Zahava has authored and presented papers across the nation in her areas of expertise. She is widely recognized as the "go to" professional in responding to crisis in the Jewish community.
Zahava is a presenter for Gateways, a flagship program that hosts retreats and seminars with a focus on intellectually engaging and spiritually uplifting educational lectures. Zahava lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband and children.