The Police and the Holocaust: May 30-31, Guatemala City

The JFCS Holocaust Center is excited to participate in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Fifth International Holocaust Studies Conference! May 30–31, 2018 Guatemala City, Guatemala Register by emailing conferencia2018@mdh.org.gt   This conference brings together international scholars to address the role of the police in the Holocaust, particularly in the organized murder of Jews and Roma. JFCS Holocaust Read More

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2018
Upcoming Event: Music of Remembrance's Voices of Witness

We are excited to partner with Seattle-based Music of Remembrance (MOR) for an upcoming performance of Voices of Witness. Thu., May 24, 2018 7:30 pm San Francisco Conservatory of Music Purchase Tickets > The program marks MOR’s fourth annual concert in the Bay Area, premiering new compositions by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christophe Chagnard. Sakamoto’s new work, Snow Read More

Posted by Admin on May 10, 2018
Introducing the Next Generation Speakers Bureau

Holocaust survivors are dwindling, but their children are just getting started The JFCS Holocaust Center’s newest education initiative, the Next Generation Speakers Bureau (NGSB), was recently featured in the J. Weekly! The Next Generation Speakers Bureau is a training program for second- and third-generation speakers to share their families’ stories of survival during the Holocaust. Read More

Posted by Admin on April 26, 2018
"After Auschwitz" Film Screenings

We are excited to partner with film director Jon Kean on upcoming screenings of After Auschwitz! May 4 – 10, 2018 AMC Van Ness 1000 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco Showtimes > After Auschwitz is a “Post-Holocaust” documentary that follows six extraordinary women after their liberation from Nazi concentration camps, capturing what it means to move from Read More

Posted by Admin on April 24, 2018
German Again Citizenship Workshop

Did you or a direct ancestor lose German citizenship between 1933 and 1945 because of Nazi persecution? If so, you might be eligible to reclaim your German citizenship. We are excited to co-sponsor an upcoming workshop on the Peninsula about reclaiming German citizenship: Fri., May 11, 2018 10:30 am Peninsula Jewish Community Center 800 Foster Read More

Posted by Admin on April 19, 2018
Shoah: How Was It Humanly Possible?

We are pleased to co-sponsor an upcoming event at Congregation Sherith Israel. SHOAH: How Was It Humanly Possible?, an exhibit by the American Society for Yad Vashem, will be on display from April 16-19, 2018. This exhibit is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. See below for details. Don’t miss two Read More

Posted by Admin on April 2, 2018
Questions of Complicity: January 31, 2018

Alexis Herr, Associate Director at the JFCS Holocaust Center, will be speaking at Tennessee Technological University on January 31. Dr. Herr and the other members of the panel will speak on the history of the American South and the history of the Holocaust to initiate a larger discussion about the legacy of complicity. Other panelists include: Dr. Betsie Read More

Posted by Admin on December 21, 2017
Virtual Lessons from The Diary of Rywka Lipszyc

The Diary of Rywka Lipszyc was discovered in the rubble of the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau and was published 70 years later by the JFCS Holocaust Center. In the diary, Jewish teen Rywka Lipszyc chronicles her time in the Lodz Ghetto. The Polish-language version of Rywka’s diary debuted last month, printed in partnership with Austeria Publishing House in collaboration with the POLIN Read More

Posted by Admin on December 18, 2017
International Holocaust Education Led by JFCS Holocaust Center

Plucked from the ashes of Auschwitz and published in 2014 by the JFCS Holocaust Center, Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto has been an international sensation, sold alongside The Diary of Anne Frank. The tattered school diary written in Polish by 14-year-old Rywka Lipszyc has captivated readers around the world and has Read More

Posted by Admin on November 9, 2017
A Reason to Remember

“A Reason to Remember” reception and presentation The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to partner with Mercy High School’s Farkas Center for this special event! November 9, 2017 4:00 to 6:00 pm Mercy High School 3250 19th Avenue, San Francisco 94132     All middle and high school students from San Francisco are invited to Read More

Posted by Admin on October 25, 2017
Join Us for a Performance of The Obligation

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to co-present THE OBLIGATION! Be sure to use the promo code JFCSHC10 for a special deal. This code will save 10% off tickets to any performance of THE OBLIGATION. We look forward to seeing you there! We are proud to partner with The Mitzvah Project and PlayGround to present The Obligation, a new play written Read More

Posted by Admin on October 4, 2017
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 students, 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
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 William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau. The following comments make up just a small sample of some of the feedback that we received from the students at Read More

Posted by Admin on June 20, 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 William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau. Regarding Leon’s programs, the organizing teacher wrote: “He is a treasure. My students were especially struck by his Read More

Posted by Admin on June 12, 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
Morris Weiss Award Recipients

Morris Weiss Award for Holocaust & Genocide 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 antiseminism. His family established this 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
BAY AREA BIG READ Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle featured a great story about The Children of Willesden Lane BAY AREA BIG READ and its impact on local students. We are so proud that we were able to bring Lisa Jura’s story to nearly 7,000 students and teachers throughout Northern California. From the article by San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Filipa A. Ioannou: Read More

Posted by Admin on November 21, 2016
Thank You Letters Fly in from Lowell High School

The response from students and teachers throughout Northern California to The Children of Willesden Lane BAY AREA BIG READ has been incredible! This past week the JFCS Holocaust Center has received over 120 thank you letters from students at Lowell High School in San Francisco. Each heartwarming letter serves as a reminder of the importance of educating youth Read More

Posted by Admin on November 18, 2016
"From Generation to Generation" at the CJM

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration between the JFCS Holocaust Center and The Contemporary Jewish Museum, inspired by the new exhibition From Generation to Generation. From Generation to Generation examines memory, sometimes personal, but more often collective or historic, through the lens of art. The artists invite us into their worlds, urging us to make Read More

Posted by Admin on November 18, 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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