Staff

Morgan Blum Schneider, MA

Director

Morgan has been an instrumental leader in the development and success of the Holocaust Center since 2005. She teaches seminars, mentors high school and university students through advanced fellowships, and develops curriculum. Morgan also leads educator workshops and study tours to Europe and Israel. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Clark University in history (specializing in Holocaust and genocide studies) she went on to Deakin University in Australia where she focused her Masters thesis on the forced removal of Aboriginal children as a case of genocide. A staunch advocate for innovative and interactive Holocaust education, Morgan has published several articles on the patterns of genocide, best practices for teaching the Holocaust, and the future of Holocaust education in the post-survivor era. Morgan is deeply invested in the California education system. She often serves as an advisor to school districts, California legislators, and civic leaders on Holocaust and genocide education, instances of antisemitism, and  best practices for teaching the Holocaust. She is currently on the advisory board of the Genocide Education Project and chairs the Parent Council for the JCCSF Rosenberg Preschool. Morgan is a Bay Area native.

Yedida Kanfer, PhD

Director of Community Education

Yedida teaches high school students, educators, and the larger community about the Holocaust and patterns of genocide. She also manages the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives. Prior to her position at the JFCS Holocaust Center, Yedida served as a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and worked for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. Yedida received her PhD in East European and Jewish history from Yale University in 2011; over the course of her studies she lived in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Having studied Russian, Polish, Hebrew and German languages for research purposes, her favorite language is Yiddish, which she speaks and writes fluently.

Andrea Struve, EdD

Director of Education

Andrea is committed to anti-racist teaching, passionate about curriculum development and design, and brings an expertise in best practices in online, hybrid, and classroom-based instruction to the JFCS Holocaust Center. Prior to starting her position at JFCS Holocaust Center, Andrea showed a strong commitment to teaching and curriculum development across her six years as a high school history in the California public schools. This commitment directly translates to her focus on direct service to students and mentoring California teachers with the JFCS Holocaust Center. She leads the effort to research, design, and publish curriculum with a focus on adaptability in the physical, virtual and hybrid classroom. Andrea graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in History (U.S. and European Studies), earned her MA in Teaching, and received her EdD in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Human Rights Education. Her knowledge of genocide studies is ever growing and rooted in the values of the JFCS Holocaust Center. She first worked with the JFCS Holocaust Center as one of the first University Fellows in 2014. She is excited to be back and contributing to the organization in larger ways.

Penny Savryn

Education & Marketing Manager

Penny manages the William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau, working closely with Holocaust and genocide survivors and their descendants to spread their stories all over the globe.  She collaborates with teachers, students, companies, and religious institutions to bring inspiring testimony and Holocaust history to their communities.  Before joining the JFCS Holocaust Center, Penny taught secondary-school curriculum as an English language teacher in Spain, helping students develop English language skills.  She also spent years putting writing center pedagogy into practice, including at Hostos Community College (CUNY) where she taught multilingual writers.  Penny received her BA with Distinction and High Honors in History of Art from the University of Michigan and speaks Spanish fluently.

The JFCS Holocaust Center is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. For more information about JFCS and its leadership, please visit www.jfcs.org.

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