On Sunday, Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland, Rosalie Gerut will speak about her work with One by One, an organization she founded that uses the Jewish path of teshuvah to create dialogue between descendants of Holocaust survivors and those of the Nazi regime.

The daughter of Holocaust survivors from Vilna and Lodz, Gerut spent many years trying to understand the painful feelings she carried after hearing and experiencing her parents’ tragic history. She studied sociology and psychology at Brandeis and Tufts, seeking answers. It was not until the diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder emerged that she was able to put a label on the effects of the Holocaust on her parents and her people.

In the 1970s, Rosalie found a group of children of survivors with whom she could share common history. Inspired by these meetings, she formed groups of other children of survivors, one of which documented their experiences in a book “We Shall Not Forget.” In 1993 when she heard that descendants of the Nazi regime wanted to meet descendants of the Shoah, she flew to Berlin. This group meeting, documented by Dateline NBC, was life changing and as a result, Gerut spearheaded the creation of One by One in 1995.  She and her colleagues, one a granddaughter of a Nazi, the other a Polish Catholic whose mother’s family was killed by the Nazis, developed the One by One Dialogue Group.

Gerut will share the stories of participants of these groups, which were collected for their book in progress, “Journeys of Transformation.”

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Adas Yoshuron Synagogue at 594-4523 or yoshuron@midcoast.com.

Gerut will also lead a musical Sabbath service Friday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at Adas Yoshuron, and a Hebrew/Ladino/Yiddish music workshop on Sunday, Aug. 22 in Union. To learn more or sign up for the workshop, contact Nancy Scovern at 273-3767 or nscovern@gwi.net.

Adas Yoshuron, an unaffiliated and all-inclusive synagogue, is located at 50 Willow St. in Rockland. All are welcome to services and events that take place throughout the year. For more information, contact yoshuron@midcoast.com or 594-4523.