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.
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
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.
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