Summer Learning Series

A program of the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education


Join us for a special virtual Summer 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.


July 16th at 3 pm PDT
Summer Book Club Series: Night by Elie Wiesel

Participate in this session centered on Elie Wiesel’s famous memoir of life, death, and survival in the concentration camps. Bryan Susman at Facing History & Ourselves joins the conversation to discuss trauma and memory.

Presented by the JFCS Institute for Polish Jewish Studies in partnership with Facing History & Ourselves


July 23rd at 12 pm PDT
Vienna to San Francisco: Herb Barasch, Holocaust Survivor, with The Contemporary Jewish Museum

The JFCS Holocaust Center is proud to continue our ongoing partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) with a conversation between Fraidy Aber, Director of Education at the CJM, and Herb Barasch of the JFCS William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau.

Herb will share his testimony of surviving the Holocaust as a hidden child and reflect on life after the war in San Francisco, when his mother worked as a seamstress for Levi Strauss & Co. Herb and Fraidy will connect Herb’s memories to the CJM’s current exhibition on Strauss, and the birth of the blue jean and its status as American icon.

Presented in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum



August 20th at 12 pm PDT
Summer Book Club Series: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

In 1939 Munich, Liesel steals and learns to read books with the help of her foster father as part of her survival, and shares them with neighbors and the Jewish man hiding in her basement. Join us for a discussion of one of the most popular books in Holocaust education.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Library

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

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