Simon Preisler Learning Series

A program of the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education

Join us this summer 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.

Summer Learning Series 2021

Stanley and Diana Steyer: A Story of Love, Betrayal, Courage, & Resilience 

Tuesday, July 27th, 11AM – 12:15PM PT

In 1943, Danuta Kintzel, a Catholic, married Samek Sztajer, a Jew, living with false identity papers on the Aryan side of Warsaw. Despite their risky union, and the dangers they endured trying to save other Jews, both survived.  In this Summer Learning Series event, Dr. Yedida Kanfer will present archival items from the recently donated Stanley Steyer collection. Helen Sarah Steyer, the daughter of Stanley (Samek) and Diana (Danuta), will honor the memory of her parents by introducing her family story to our community.

This program is supported in part by Helen Sarah Steyer and the Holocaust Memorial Education Fund of the Jewish Community Federation

Remembering Jerry Rosenstein: Special Pride Month Event  

Thursday, June 17th, 11AM – 12:15PM PT

In this special Pride summer learning session, we’ll honor Jerry’s memory and legacy exploring his unique experience as both a gay man and a Holocaust survivor in San Francisco. Dr. Yedida Kanfer and guest speakers Ingrid Lobet, Cantor Sharon Bernstein of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, and Martin Tannenbaum of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, will guide us towards a deeper understanding, through Jerry’s life experience, of the beauty within intersecting queer and Jewish identities.

Presented in partnership with Keshet and Sha’ar Zahav

My Family Story: Lisa Tabak  

Thursday, June 10th, 11AM –12:15PM PT

In 1941, Edith Weiler z”l and two of her five siblings were hidden on a Polish farm in Raka. What began as a temporary plan to evade the Nazis turned into four years of hiding in the loft of that farm. In the meantime in Hungary, George Tabak z”l, his twin sister, and family were surviving one day at a time in the Budapest Ghetto. Hear Lisa Tabak, Edith’s daughter, share her parents’ stories and the impact of their legacy on her life.

Presented in partnership with Temple Beth Abraham

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 [email protected] with any questions.

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