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 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

Manager of Library, Archives, and 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.

Penny Savryn

Program Coordinator

Penny manages the William J. Lowenberg Survivor Speakers Bureau, working closely with Holocaust survivors and their descendants to spread their stories all over the Bay Area.  She coordinates with teachers and community organizers to ensure successful programming.  Before joining the JFCS Holocaust Center, Penny was an assistant teacher in Madrid, Spain, helping students in secondary school develop English language skills throughout their curriculum.  She has also taught writing to university and community college students.  Penny received her BA with Distinction and High Honors in History of Art from the University of Michigan and speaks Spanish fluently.

Anthony Abuan

Pell University Fellow

Anthony is a college senior at San Francisco State University where he is pursuing a BA in English Literature and a minor in Jewish Studies. The major concentration focuses on literatures of exile, emigration, and diaspora. He is also very interested in the Jewish Mystical Tradition and its place in Modern Jewish Thought. In May 2018, he received the Linda Mazursky Kurtz & Frank Kurtz Scholarship for his work in Jewish Studies at SFSU. After graduating, he will continue to further his education with aspirations of teaching literature and composition.

Harley Kalter

Pell University Fellow

Harley is a first year college student at the University of San Francisco. She is majoring in Sociology, minoring in French, and enrolled in a 5 year program to receive her Multi-Subject Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in the Arts of Teaching. She is currently a member of the Honors College and French National Honor Society. In the future, Harley hopes to travel to Cite Soleil, Haiti, and volunteer in the schools, helping children learn English and French. She plans to study abroad in Paris, France.

Anthony Lozano

Manovill University Fellow

Anthony is a graduate student at Holy Names University in Oakland. He earned his BA in History from California Baptist University in 2017. He recently moved from Los Angeles to pursue a career in education. He now works as a college cross country & track coach.

Micaela Stafford

Pell University Fellow

Micaela is a junior at the University of San Francisco where she majors in Sociology (with a concentration in Critical Diversity and Social Justice) and minors in Child and Youth Studies. Micaela is also a Dual Degree Teaching Program student, so in addition to her BA, she in the process of earning a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching and a multi-subject teaching credential. Micaela has been a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) volunteer since 2014, she is a member of the Tri Delta Women’s Fraternity and BSU, and she is a Pilates instructor. During her free time she enjoys exploring San Francisco, binge watching shows on Netflix, going to the beach, attending political rallies, and competing in beauty pageants through the Miss USA and Miss America pageant systems.

 

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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