Morgan Blum Schneider

Director of Education

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 an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition and sits on the advisory boards of the Genocide Education Project and the Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools. She is a Bay Area native.

Yedida Kanfer, PhD

Coordinator of Education Services

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.

Nikki Bambauer

Program Coordinator

Nikki began her work at the Holocaust Center in 2014 as an Albert Jerassy University Fellow. She creates opportunities for intergenerational exchange through her management of the William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau, as well as develops curriculum and assists in the daily operations of the Holocaust Center. Nikki earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Modern European History from San Francisco State University with additional coursework in International Relations and German.

Colin Issel

Albert Jerassy University Fellow

Colin is a senior at the University of San Francisco, majoring in European History with a minor in German Studies. He is also a member in the Honors in Humanities Society at USF. After graduation in the spring and the conclusion of the University Fellowship, Colin plans to continue his studies in Berlin.

Melanie Santos

Albert Jerassy University Fellow

Melanie is an undergraduate at San Francisco State University majoring in Comparative Literature. Her future plans include pursuing a career in teaching and volunteer work. When she has free time, she likes to write, invest in detailed art projects, and work on creative music playlists.

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