Simon Preisler Fall Learning Series

A program of the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education


Join us as we continue our special virtual community programs with the Simon Preisler Learning Series this Fall featuring stories of the Holocaust and genocide. These free, educational events are open to anyone aged 13 and over. They are designed to bring us closer to the history that defines our present and to inspire social responsibility.


December 3rd at 11 am PDT
Counting on America: A Conversation with Author Gary Reiner

Our Fall Learning Series concludes with Gary Reiner, author of Counting on America: A Holocaust Memoir of Terror, Chutzpah, Romance, and Escape and son of Holocaust survivors Kurt and Hennie. In his memoir, Reiner illustrates the escalation of antisemitism following Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938 (the Anschluss) and the obstacles Jewish refugees faced trying to reach the shores of America.

Presented in partnership with Classrooms Without Borders



The JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education was established in memory of Simon Preisler, z”l, father of Lydia Shorenstein and Renee Barasch, who was born in Fancsicovo, Czechoslovakia in 1925.  A survivor of Auschwitz, he settled in Germany, where he had a successful career in business after the Holocaust. Preisler’s courage and wisdom serve as a reminder of the strength of the human spirit in the face of hatred and indifference.

Please contact Leslie White, Director of Education, at with any questions.

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