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.

 

May 21st at 12 pm PDT
Summer Book Club Series: The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Leyson’s book is the story of the youngest Jew on Schindler’s List. Read this important text and join our first virtual Book Club meeting, featuring a conversation with Dr. Marilyn Harran, Director of the Barry and Phyllis Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University, who wrote the foreword to Leyson’s book.

Presented by the JFCS Institute for Polish Jewish Studies

 

May 26th at 12 pm PDT
Summer Speaker Series: George Elbaum, William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau

Join the JFCS Holocaust Center and Israeli American Council in a virtual conversation with Holocaust Survivor George Elbaum. Smuggled out of the Warsaw Ghetto, George was hidden with several Polish Catholic families during the war. He recently completed his 260th talk and is the author of Neither Yesterdays Nor Tomorrows.

Presented by the JFCS Institute for Polish Jewish Studies in partnership with the Israeli American Council

 

May 28th at 11 am PDT
Three Minutes in Poland—A Conversation with Glenn Kurtz

Dr. Glenn Kurtz discovered a reel of film in the closet of his parents’ home in Florida. Only three minutes long, the footage shows his grandfather’s hometown of Nasielsk, Poland, in 1938. The clip has become surprisingly important—both historically and personally. Dr. Kurtz joins JFCS Holocaust Center staff for a virtual conversation.

Presented by the JFCS Institute for Polish Jewish Studies

 

June 11th at 12 pm PDT
Summer Book Club Series: Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto by Rywka Lipszyc and Anita Friedman

The newly discovered diary of a Polish teenager in the Lodz ghetto during World War II—originally published by Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco.  Learn about Rywka Lipszyc and the JFCS Holocaust Center’s mission to translate her writings for students to read all over the globe.

Presented by the JFCS Institute for Polish Jewish Studies

 

June 18th at 12 pm PDT
Summer Book Club Series: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

One of the most well-known victims of the Holocaust and the diary she kept while in hiding are the focus of this session.

Please contact Leslie White, Director of Education, at LeslieW@jfcs.org with any questions.

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