CA Legislature Budgets Record-Setting Funding for Holocaust Education and Survivor Assistance in 2022/23

Last week, the California Assembly and Senate released their joint budget agreement, a critical step in the State’s annual budget approval process. It includes two of our Jewish community’s most important priorities—Holocaust and genocide education and caring for vulnerable survivors. Anita Friedman, JFCS’ Executive Director, says, “The voice of California’s Jewish Community has been heard. Read More

Posted by Admin on June 9, 2022
JFCS Holocaust Center Establishes California Collaborative for Holocaust and Genocide Education

Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center has established the California Collaborative for Holocaust and Genocide Education, with support from a $1.9 Million grant from the Marin County Office of Education and the State of California. The California Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind statewide network, will connect educators, genocide survivors, and community leaders in order to support Read More

Posted by Admin on April 12, 2022
JFCS Holocaust Center Launches Inaugural Educator Leadership Council

During the pandemic, the JFCS Holocaust Center never waned from its mission to remember, research, document, and educate about the Holocaust. In fact, it has increased accessibility and access to students, educators, and the community through adapting its offerings. From pivoting the William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau into virtual settings to addressing the increase in Read More

Posted by Admin on March 30, 2022
JFCS Holocaust Center is Leading in Statewide Initiative to Expand Education and Confront Antisemitism

In an unprecedented public-private partnership, the JFCS Holocaust Center will be partnering with the State of California to respond to rising acts of antisemitism and hate. By combining private donations with public money, the JFCS Holocaust Center will lead an important initiative to expand Holocaust and genocide education across our state. Over recent months, JFCS Read More

Posted by Admin on July 28, 2021
JFCS Holocaust Center Responds to Surge in Antisemitism with Survivor Testimony

Our community is inspired by the more than 1,000 students, educators, and parents from all over the Bay Area who took the time to attend a Confronting Antisemitism workshop this past academic year. Attendees grappled with the term “antisemitism” and its profound impact throughout history and in everyday life.  Students and their parents gathered together Read More

Posted by Admin on June 23, 2021
JFCS William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau Goes Global

Two years ago, Henry was a student in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Manovill Fellowship Program. Today, Henry is a student at a university in Menton, France. When he arrived at his French university, Henry was shocked by the acts of antisemitism he witnessed around him and the lack of Holocaust education opportunities for students. He reached Read More

Posted by Admin on June 23, 2021
Every Family Has A Story

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Posted by Admin on March 24, 2021
Responding to Hate Crimes, Racism, and Antisemitism in Marin - A Community Conversation

Thursday, February 4th 5:00 – 6:30pm (PST)   Lori E. Frugoli, District Attorney, Marin County​ Morgan Blum Schneider, Director, JFCS Holocaust Center​ Susan Leider, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Kol Shofar​ Seth Brysk, Regional Director, ADL Patrice O’Neill, Not in Our Town Noah Griffin, Local resident, historian, leader for changing the name of the Dixie School District Representatives Read More

Posted by Admin on February 2, 2021
Dr. Carl Grunfeld Donates Family Passport to JFCS Tauber Archives

In the midst of the pandemic, Dr. Carl Grunfeld, member of the JFCS Board of Directors, reached out the JFCS Holocaust Center to donate an important piece of his family history. The passport belonged to Otto Schwarz, Carl’s uncle, who was born in Viersen, Germany in 1904. When Kristallnacht unfolded, Otto raced home and jumped over a wall Read More

Posted by Admin on December 22, 2020
JFCS Holocaust Center Runs First Ever Spanish Workshop

The JFCS Holocaust Center hosted its first ever Spanish workshop this summer. Claudia Leiva, adjunct faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College, attended the first session of our virtual Summer Book Club, spearheaded by Leslie White. Leon Leyson’s The Boy on the Wooden Box, the focus of that first session, resonated with Claudia, who wanted to Read More

Posted by Admin on August 25, 2020
Standing Up to Hate

How Holocaust Education at the JFCS Holocaust Center is Empowering the Next Generation As the movement against racism and injustice builds in our country and around the world, the JFCS Holocaust Center continues our commitment to fighting discrimination, hatred, and antisemitism. Watch this video, featuring our Manovill Fellows, to see how the next generation is Read More

Posted by Admin on June 18, 2020

Jewish Family and Children’s Services has issued the following statement in coalition with the San Francisco Interfaith Council and our network of interfaith organizations   As leaders of diverse faith-based traditions we understand human life to be the greatest and most sacred gift endowed by our Creator. Inherent in that gift is the inalienable right Read More

Posted by Admin on June 1, 2020
Register Now for our 18th Annual Day of Learning

  Students (grades 7-12) and educators are invited to our 18th Annual Day of Learning at Galileo High School on March 8, 2020! More than 700 students (grades 7-12) and educators from public and private schools throughout California will choose from 18 different workshops and hear survivor testimony from the Holocaust or genocide.  The Day of Read More

Posted by Admin on February 3, 2020
Holocaust Remembrance Day at Manny's - January 27, 2020

Join us on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020     George Elbaum was 1 year old living in Warsaw when Germany invaded Poland in September 1939. His family lived in what became the Warsaw Ghetto, in cramped quarters and on starvation rations for three years. Of his family of 12, only George and his mother survived. Read More

Posted by Admin on January 6, 2020
Musical & Historical Remembrance with Dr. Yedida Kanfer - January 26, 2020

A Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area Event in San Mateo   Join Dr. Yedida Kanfer, Director of Community Education at the JFCS Holocaust Center, and Rabbi Daniel Stein of Congregation B’nai Shalom in Walnut Creek on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day for a discussion of music in the Holocaust, folk tradition, Read More

Posted by Admin on December 10, 2019
Holocaust and Human Behavior with Violins of Hope

Music as a Medium for Teaching the Holocaust – Fall Workshops for Educators   Register for the Oakland workshop on November 13th   This workshop is presented by Facing History and Ourselves and Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center in partnership with Violins of Hope and Music at Kohl Mansion. How is history shaped by Read More

Posted by Admin on October 17, 2019
Arts & Ideas at the JCCSF—Bari Weiss 9/23

A Survival Kit for 21st Century Jews   Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7PM (3200 California Street, SF, CA 94118) An Unorthodox Live Podcast Recording with Bari Weiss & Andrew Marantz “Since its debut in 2015, Tablet magazine’s Unorthodox has become one of the most popular and beloved Jewish podcasts in the world. Join hosts Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz Read More

Posted by Admin on September 19, 2019
Reflections from University Fellows 2018-2019

Each year at the JFCS Holocaust Center, students from colleges and universities throughout the Bay Area apply for the Pell and Manovill University Fellowships.  University Fellows mentor and teach high school students, conduct research, develop curriculum, work with primary source materials in the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives, and gain first-hand experience learning from Holocaust Read More

Posted by Admin on August 8, 2019
Join Us for The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 39!

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to co-present seven films at this year’s film festival! Be sure to use the promo code JFCSHC39 for a special deal. This code takes $2 off any regularly priced screening.  We look forward to seeing you there! Afterward | directed by Ofra Bloch In this documentary, psychoanalyst and trauma expert Read More

Posted by Admin on July 16, 2019
Upcoming Event: Music of Remembrance - The Parting

Music of Remembrance Presents: The Parting Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall San Francisco Conservatory of Music The Parting, a daring new opera by composer Tom Cipullo and librettist David Mason, explores the life and art of Miklós Radnóti, widely considered one of the most important poetic witnesses to Read More

Posted by Admin on May 17, 2019
Perspectives on Historic and Contemporary Anti-Semitism—Panel Discussion

Morgan Blum Schneider, Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center, will be participating in a panel discussion on antisemitism with Seth Brysk (Anti-Defamation League) and David Schraub (UC Berkeley).  The discussion will be moderated by Sue Fishkoff of J. The Jewish News of Northern California. Register here! Monday, May 13th, 2019: 6:00 – 8:00PM Goethe-Institut San Read More

Posted by Admin on May 7, 2019
Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience - Panel Discussion

Join our Associate Director, Dr. Alexis Herr, for a panel discussion with other scholars on the impact of collective and historic trauma on targeted communities.  This event is being put on in partnership with the multimedia exhibit, Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, at Futures Read More

Posted by Admin on March 14, 2019
Hear from A Survivor of the Holocaust or another Genocide at the 17th Annual Day of Learning

17th Annual Day of Learning Sunday, March 17, 2019 Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, San Francisco 12:30 – 5:00pm Register Today! > Download a flyer (PDF) here   Join us for the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Day of Learning, in San Francisco, on Sunday March 17, 2019! At the Day of Learning, students (grades 7-12) Read More

Posted by Admin on March 1, 2019
What Makes Difficult History Difficult?

In this presentation, Professor Gross will examine the relationship between what Polish teens learn in school about the Holocaust and what they have absorbed from their cultural milieu. She will discuss how the research she conducted in Poland relates to contemporary thinking about history education and collective memory. While focusing primarily on the teaching of Read More

Posted by Admin on January 16, 2019
Teaching the Holocaust Today

Teaching Holocaust history has the potential to inspire and empower students in the present. Led in partnership with the JFCS Holocaust Center and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, this session examines individual stories of rescue and resistance as a means of highlighting personal agency and moral choice. Using a curated selection of testimony, archival, and media Read More

Posted by Admin on January 11, 2019
80 Years After Nazi ‘Kristallnacht’ Pogrom, One Jewish Girl’s Holocaust Diary Sounds Warning Against Revival of Antisemitism

Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto—first published by the JFCS Holocaust Center in 2014—was recently featured in The Algemeiner. The handwritten diary—miraculously discovered intact amidst the rubble at Auschwitz—is a moving account of the life and dreams of 14-year-old Polish girl Rywka Lipszyc. After more than 70 years in obscurity, Read More

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2018
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Posted by Admin on October 22, 2018
Upcoming Event: Holocaust Education Workshop

Join us for workshop with Dr. Magdalena Gross and filmmaker Yoav Potash! Sun., Nov. 11, 2018 2:00 – 6:30 PM Flora Lamson Hewlett Library Building 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA RSVP > Hear from Dr. Magdalena Gross on teaching the history of the Holocaust through Structured Academic Controversy. This will be followed by an exclusive Read More

Posted by Admin on October 22, 2018
Holocaust Memory in Poland

Join us for a fascinating discussion on Holocaust Memory in Poland: Attitudes, Studies, Politics, and More with Dr. Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs and JFCS Holocaust Center Associate Director Alexis Herr! Thu., Nov. 29, 2018 6:00 pm Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, CA Different historical narratives and collective memories linked to the post-WWII constructions of national identity still divide Western Read More

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2018
Faces of Genocide Film Premiere

The JFCS Holocaust Center is excited to sponsor the upcoming premiere of Faces of Genocide! Sun., Nov. 11, 2018 5:00 pm Cowell Theater at Fort Mason 2 Marina Blvd, Building C San Francisco Faces of Genocide is a unique short documentary about the shameful succession of genocidal atrocities throughout the 20th and beginning of the 21st Read More

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2018
Upcoming Webinar About Rywka's Diary

Rywka’s Diary, Life in the Lodz Ghetto We are proud to sponsor the free upcoming Echoes & Reflections webinar, “Rywka’s Diary, Life in the Lodz Ghetto”. Wed. Oct. 24, 2018 3:00–4:00 PM PST Learn More > The newly discovered Rywka’s Diary is a powerful historical account of life in the Lodz ghetto recorded in moving Read More

Posted by Admin on October 1, 2018
Upcoming Event: Italy & the Holocaust

Holocaust Center Associate Director Alexis Herr, PhD will be speaking at the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University next week — Be sure to check it out if you are in the area! Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 7:00 PM Northern Arizona University 705 S Beaver St., Flagstaff, AZ Learn More >

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2018
The Holocaust Across the Disciplines

  Fall 2018 Lecture Series at San Francisco State University We are excited to co-sponsor the Department of Jewish Studies at SFSU’s Fall 2018 lecture series The Holocaust Across the Disciplines! All lectures are free and open to the public. Learn more >

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2018
Join Us for a Performance of The Obligation

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to co-present The Obligation! We are proud to partner with The Mitzvah Project and PlayGround to present The Obligation, an acclaimed one-person Holocaust drama written and performed by Roger Grunwald. Thur., Oct. 11 – Sun., Nov. 4 Potrero Stage 1695 18th Street, San Francisco A child of an Auschwitz survivor and a Read More

Posted by Admin on September 14, 2018
Fall 2018 at the Jewish Community Library

Upcoming Events We are excited to partner with the Jewish Community Library on two events this Fall! Both events are free and open to the public. Europe’s Underground Railroad with Megan Koreman Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco Learn More > Hear from Megan Koreman, Read More

Posted by Admin on August 28, 2018
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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