3gSF

3gSF is a forum based in the Bay Area for grandchildren of Holocaust survivors (3Gs) to meet, connect and explore our shared history.

The mission of 3gSF is to serve as a living link between the history of the Holocaust and today. A program of the JFCS Holocaust Center, 3gSF uses their personal connection to the Holocaust to inspire understanding, moral courage and social responsibility.  Our goal is building a community of Jewish young adults to connect and engage in our common family histories.

Upcoming events:

  • Confronting Antisemitism Community Program – Testimony from Channy Chhi Laux, Survivor of the Cambodian Genocide and Member of the JFCS William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau (May 6th, 5:30 – 6:45 pm): The Cambodian Genocide (1975 – 1979) was an explosion of mass violence where more than 1.5 million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge, a communist political group. We will explore this event in history through the eyes of Channy, who courageously survived and started a new chapter of her life in the United States.  Register here >

Past events include:

  • A 3G Perspective: Preserving the Memory of Auschwitz Survivors: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 3gSF joined with third-generation leaders across the nation for a panel discussion featuring descendants of Auschwitz survivors. Batya, 3gSF leadership, participated in the panel hosted by 3G Community leaders across the United States and Israel.
  • Voices from the Third Generation – Ezra:  3gSF teamed up with 3GNY, an educational organization in New York founded by the grandchildren of survivors, for this special, bicoastal JFCS Holocaust Center Fall Learning Series event. Ezra shared testimony of his grandfather’s experience during the Holocaust, from Hamburg to Buchenwald to liberation.
  • Dinner and Discussions with Holocaust Survivors: JFCS’ Young Professional Community Connection and the JFCS Holocaust Center gathered for dinner and discussions with three Holocaust survivors. This is always a unique opportunity for young professionals to hear personal stories from survivors and to understand the moving and memorable accounts of their lives before, during, and after the Holocaust. Survivors invited are from within the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Speakers Bureau
  • 3gSF Book Club: 3gSF recently read Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. This international bestseller reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. The meeting included fruitful discussion of this powerful story about the experience of women in the Holocaust.
  • 3gSF Conversations: One of 3gSF’s largest events of the year, this evening included a catered kosher dinner and a discussion with Gloria, a local survivor, in conversation with a member of the leadership team.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum: 3gSF toured “From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art” at the CJM and explored the connection between the art of the exhibition and their shared history.
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Each summer, members gather for an outing to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Last year members screened ‘A La Vie’, a film about three women who met in Auschwitz reuniting for a holiday weekend.
  • Café by the Bay Hanukkah Party: 3gSF joined the volunteer team for the annual JFCS Café by the Bay Hanukkah party for Bay Area survivors. Members of 3g helped with serving, singing, and schmoozed with survivors.
  • Exploration of Transgenerational Trauma: An introductory look at the psychological effects of the Holocaust on the 3rd generation, this meeting presented an opportunity to explore how trauma is experienced, processed, and passed on.

3gSF in the News:

Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Unite! >

3rd generation assumes mantle of preserving survivors’ stories >

Holocaust survivors are dwindling, but their children are just getting started >


Get involved! Contact Morgan Blum Schneider at MorganB@jfcs.org.

Join the 3gSF Facebook page.

Funding for 3gSF is provided by fees and donations from generous individuals and foundations. 

To make a donation, please contact Barbara Farber at BarbaraF@jfcs.org, 415-449-3858, or give online today

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