Simon Preisler 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 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.


Past Events:

Counting on America: A Conversation with Author Gary Reiner

An Intergenerational Conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

Voices from the Third Generation — Ezra

Salvaged Pages: A Conversation with Alexandra Zapruder

Esti Dunow: Painting Tomaszow

My Mother’s Legacy: A Second Generation Survivor’s Story

Vienna to San Francisco: Herb, Holocaust Survivor

“A Life Sentence”: Testimony from Anita, Holocaust Survivor

Three Minutes in Poland: A Conversation with Glenn Kurtz

Commemorating the Rwandan Genocide with Bihama, a Survivor

Summer Book Club 2020


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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