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Join Us for The Mill Valley Film Festival 40!

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to co-present two films at this year’s festival! Vitch | directed by Sigal Bujman Eddie Vitch, a Polish Jewish entertainer and Hollywood caricaturist, found fame in pre-war Paris as a comedian. But in a dark twist, he spent the war years entertaining Nazi troops throughout Europe. This fascinating documentary follows his daughter as Read More

Posted by Admin on September 18, 2017
Bay Area High School Students Take Part in One-Of-A-Kind Learning

Through interactive and cutting-edge educational programming the JFCS Holocaust Center bring the lessons of the Holocaust alive to a new generation of students, activists, and young scholars. As a senior at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, Jessica took part in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program last year. Not only did she study Read More

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2017
Looking Back at a Great Year

Reflections on the 2016-2017 University Fellowship Each year at the JFCS Holocaust Center, students from colleges and universities throughout the Bay Area apply for the Albert Jerassy University Fellowship. As part of this JFCS Holocaust Center program, two students benefit from a nine-month intensive study of the Holocaust that includes mentoring and teaching high school Read More

Posted by Admin on September 4, 2017
JFCS Holocaust Center Now Offers 55,000 Video Testimonies

Impressive Visual History Archive Now Available in its Entirety in San Francisco JFCS Holocaust Center, in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation founded by Steven Spielberg, now gives people full access to view thousands of video testimonies, and is one of just two sites in Northern California to do so along with Stanford University. The Visual Read More

Posted by Admin on August 14, 2017
Rywka's Diary Focal Point in New Exhibit in Poland

JFCS Partners with the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow on a New Exhibit Featuring Rywka’s Diary When the JFCS Holocaust Center first received an old and tattered school notebook written in Polish and pulled from the ashes of Auschwitz, JFCS Executive Director Dr. Anita Friedman suspected the power the mysterious volume contained as she turned Read More

Posted by Admin on July 24, 2017
Guest Blogger: Waheeb M., YouthFirst Summer Intern

John Damski: Rescuer Today’s post comes from the JFCS Holocaust Center’s YouthFirst Summer Intern, Waheeb. In addition to helping Holocaust Center staff with administrative projects, Waheeb spent part of his summer researching, writing, and editing this portrait of John Damski, a Polish Catholic who risked his life to save Jews during the Holocaust. Waheeb completed this project using Read More

Posted by Admin on July 19, 2017
Join Us for The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to co-present eight films at this year’s film festival! Be sure to use the promo code JFACSHC17 for a special deal. This code will reduce your regular ticket price to $13 (regular price $15).  We look forward to seeing you there! 116 Cameras  in Jews in Shorts: Documentaries | directed by Davina Pardo Read More

Posted by Admin on June 29, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Helen F.

Ben’s Personal Project Ben S. is a 10th grader at The Urban School of San Francisco and a participant in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program this year. As part of the program, students are matched with local Holocaust survivors, who they meet with and interview several times over the course of a semester. Read More

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Zinovy S.

Ethan S. is a 10th grader at Woodside Priory and a participant in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program this year. As part of the program, students are matched with local Holocaust survivors, who they meet with and interview several times over the course of a semester. Through the Next Chapter program, students learn Read More

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Stella M.

Students Leet M. and Ella R. were matched with Holocaust survivor Stella M. during this year’s Next Chapter program. As part of the Next Chapter, students write biographies of their survivors, then create personal projects to reflect on the experience of meeting and getting to know a Holocaust survivor. For her personal project, Ella created Read More

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Sonia K.

Students Eloise M. and Ari N. were matched with Holocaust survivor Sonia K. during this year’s Next Chapter program. As part of the Next Chapter, students write biographies of their survivors, then create personal projects to reflect on the experience of meeting and getting to know a Holocaust survivor. For her personal project, Eloise created Read More

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Louis D.

Louis’s Story Jonah K. 11th grader at Oakland Technical High School Louis D. was born in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, in 1929. He grew up in the nearby town of Arnhem. His parents operated an electrical store where they sold various appliances. Louis had one older sister. His parents were not particularly religious, but they believed Read More

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Lori S.

Lori’s Story Idan S. 10th grader at Jewish Community High School of the Bay Lori S. was born in 1925 in Vienna Austria. Her father and mother were not very wealthy but also not poor. She grew up with a brother who was four years older, and two cousins. Her family owned a shop, with Read More

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Livia G.

Emma T. is an 11th grader at International High School and a participant in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program this year. As part of the program, students are matched with local Holocaust survivors, who they meet with and interview several times over the course of a semester. Through the Next Chapter program, students Read More

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Leon R.

Students Sarah F. and William B. were matched with Holocaust survivor Leon R. during this year’s Next Chapter program. As part of the Next Chapter, students write biographies of their survivors, then create personal projects to reflect on the experience of meeting and getting to know a Holocaust survivor. For his personal project, William wrote “Darkness Read More

Posted by Admin on June 28, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Lenci F.

Students Nick F., Marionne S., and Byron Z. were matched with Holocaust survivor Lenci F. during this year’s Next Chapter program. As part of the Next Chapter, students write biographies of their survivors, then create personal projects to reflect on the experience of meeting and getting to know a Holocaust survivor. For his personal project, Read More

Posted by Admin on June 27, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Herb H.

Herb’s Story Students Caroline R. and Simone R. were matched with Holocaust survivor Herb H. during this year’s Next Chapter program. As part of the Next Chapter, students write biographies of their survivors, then create personal projects to reflect on the experience of meeting and getting to know a Holocaust survivor. For her personal project, Read More

Posted by Admin on June 27, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: Gerda L.

Gerda’s Story Dana W. 12th grader at Menlo-Atherton High School Gerda’s story begins in the German city of Breslau. She began her education at a well-regarded private Catholic school. The kids were friendly and she excelled in her classes. She could not understand why in 1934 the school asked her and other Jews to leave, Read More

Posted by Admin on June 27, 2017
The Next Chapter 2017: AnneMarie Y.

AnneMarie’s Story Students Nicolette K. and Frederick K. were matched with Holocaust survivor AnneMarie Y. during this year’s Next Chapter program. Nicolette and AnneMarie participated in the annual Yom HaShoah program at Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Nicolette first shared about some of AnneMarie’s experiences during the Holocaust with the students at her Read More

Posted by Admin on June 27, 2017
Letters from Valley View Middle School

Letters for Ralph Earlier this spring, Holocaust survivor Ralph Samuel shared his story with students at Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill as part of the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Speakers Bureau. The following comments make up just a small sample of some of the feedback that we received from the students at Valley View Read More

Posted by Admin on June 20, 2017
Hope for the Future

Simone’s Personal Project Simone R. is a 10th grade student at The College Preparatory School and a participant in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program this year. As part of the program, students are matched with local Holocaust survivors, who they meet with and interview several times over the course of a semester. Through the Next Read More

Posted by Admin on June 14, 2017
Fantastic Letters from Tamalpais High School

Letters for Leon During the first week of May, Holocaust survivor Leon Rajninger shared his story with students at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley as part of the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Speakers Bureau. Regarding Leon’s programs, the organizing teacher wrote: “He is a treasure. My students were especially struck by his response to the Read More

Posted by Admin on June 12, 2017
Next Chapter Student Strives for More

Byron’s Personal Project Byron Z. is a 10th grade student at Palo Alto High School and a student in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program. As part of the program, students are matched with local Holocaust survivors, who they meet with and interview several times over the course of a semester. Through the Next Read More

Posted by Admin on June 8, 2017
3gSF in the News!

A Legacy of Remembrance and Resilience Recently, the members of 3gSF attended Café by the Bay’s Passover Seder. At this special event, survivors of the Holocaust mingled with the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors (3Gs), sharing food, drink, and life experiences. J Weekly By Rob Gloster Berta Kohut endured more than 1,000 days at Auschwitz. She Read More

Posted by Admin on May 23, 2017
JFCS Holocaust Center in the News!

Iris Bendahan is one of three winners of this year’s Morris Weiss Award for Outstanding Holocaust Education. Gathering most of the materials herself, she has put together an incredible Holocaust museum at Congregation Beth David in Saratoga. J Weekly By Rob Gloster As a child, Iris Bendahan was confused when her grandmother would speak of relatives Read More

Posted by Admin on May 12, 2017
2017 Morris Weiss Award Recipients

Morris Weiss Award for Outstanding Holocaust Education Each year, the Preisler Shorenstein Institute celebrates the role of teachers in the field of Holocaust education with the Morris Weiss Award. Morris Weiss, a Holocaust survivor, was a founder of the JFCS Holocaust Center and was dedicated to fighting discrimination and anti-Seminism. His family established this scholarship Read More

Posted by Admin on April 28, 2017
Yom HaShoah and Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

For the first time since 1979, Holocaust Remembrance Day falls on the same date as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor the memories of the six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during the Holocaust. This day is observed on the 27th day of the month of Nisan on Read More

Posted by Admin on April 25, 2017
Yom HaShoah 2017

Sunday, April 23 5:00-6:15pm JCCSF, 3200 California Street San Francisco The Future of Our Past A Conversation about Memory and Testimony with Stephen D. Smith, USC Shoah Foundation, Followed by a Memorial Ceremony This community event is free and open to the public. 4:00 pm: Reading of the Names—On a continuous cycle prior to the Read More

Posted by Admin on April 7, 2017
Incredible Letters from Students at Mt. Eden High School

In the beginning of March, William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau member Helen Farkas addressed the students at Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, California. Following the program, we received a large stack of letters from the students at Mt. Eden. Helen really made an impression on this large group of young people; each letter was Read More

Posted by Admin on April 4, 2017
Day of Learning Featured in the J. Weekly

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, more than 700 students and teachers from the Bay Area and beyond came together for the 15th annual Day of Learning. This week, The J. – The Jewish News of Northern California, featured the event in their publication. “While most high school students wouldn’t choose to spend their weekends inside a classroom, Piedmont High Read More

Posted by Admin on March 29, 2017
Upcoming Event: At the Threshold of Memory

At the Threshold of Memory: An Exploration of New Modalities in Holocaust Education Please join our friends at Jewish LearningWorks this weekend for an exploration of new modalities in Holocaust education. The program is free of charge and open to all adult community members, but registration is required. Register > Sunday, February 12 2:00 – 5:30pm University Read More

Posted by Admin on February 7, 2017
Jewish Film Institute WinterFest 2017

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to partner with the 4th annual JFI WinterFest to present the Bay Area premiere of The Zookeeper’s Wife! The Zookeeper’s Wife is a new film based on the best-selling nonfiction book starring Jessica Chastain as a working mother who becomes a hero to hundreds in World War II. Attend the premiere and Read More

Posted by Admin on January 24, 2017
The Next Chapter Featured in The Mercury News

The JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program was recently featured in The Mercury News! Read the article > The Next Chapter enables high school youth to develop profound connections with Holocaust survivors. By participating in the program, students build a special community of social responsibility and genocide awareness and are awarded 40 hours of community service. Read More

Posted by Admin on January 13, 2017
Register Now for the Day of Learning 2017!

Day of Learning Sunday, March 19 12:30 – 5:00 pm Galileo Academy of Science and Technology San Francisco All Northern California students (grades 7 – 12) and teachers are invited to this annual, free event. Come learn from preeminent educators and Holocaust survivors. At the Day of Learning, gain a deeper understanding about the Holocaust Read More

Posted by Admin on January 5, 2017
Amazing Poems from Adele Harrison Middle School

The JFCS Holocaust Center was honored to have the students from Adele Harrison Middle School in Sonoma join us for the BAY AREA BIG READ! Upon careful reflection after reading The Children of Willesden Lane, the students at Adele Harrison Middle School wrote incredible poems. The following poems are just a few examples of the Read More

Posted by Admin on November 23, 2016
We continue to remember
The JFCS Holocaust Center is comprised of the Tauber Holocaust Library and Education Program, the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship, the Speakers Bureau, the Day of Learning, the Oral History Project and the Zisovich Fellowships programs, as well as The Next Chapter Project. All of these organizations operate on the generous support of our donors.
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