Virtual Programs

The JFCS Holocaust Center is providing educational programming online to meet community needs. See our offerings below!

Online educational programs are supported by the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education.

Schedule a Virtual Speakers Bureau Program

The JFCS Holocaust Center’s William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau is ready to speak with your community … via Zoom!  If you are a teacher seeking a speaker for your students, please fill out this Virtual Speakers Bureau Request Form. If you are a community member seeking a speaker for your virtual conference room or community space, please fill out this Request Form.

Join our 2020 Summer Book Club

Come for one session or for the whole series of interactive virtual discussions on the themes and history behind key pieces of Holocaust literature. Our Book Club is open to all (ages 13 and up) who wish to reread classics or explore new titles. We encourage families, educators and their students, and those who love to read to participate!  Register for the Book Club here >

Curriculum Consultations with JFCS Holocaust Center Staff

Our staff can work with local teachers to support the continuation of the study of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide in the virtual space. Consultations include sharing resources, virtual teaching pedagogies, and connecting Bay Area schools with virtual programming through the JFCS Holocaust Center. Schedule a consultation >

Tour Online Exhibits

Examine historical documents, see family photos, read letters, and explore video testimony all on our website.

In one of our online exhibits, You Cannot Stay in Germany: Erna Wertheim’s Letters, viewers can see how Nazi Germany left its mark on the local Jewish community in Northern California. Click here for oral histories > 

Yom HaShoah 2020: A Virtual Commemoration

We are honored that more than 3,000 individuals came together over two days to learn, commemorate, and hear testimony from local survivors. On our website, you can watch the recording of our reading of the names and community yizkor service, led by participating clergy from San Francisco synagogues and the Israeli Consul General. View these videos here >


JFCS continues to serve our community during the coronavirus outbreak. If you or someone you care about needs help, please call 415-449-1200.

Read the latest updates on JFCS’ response to COVID-19.

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