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Holocaust Center Events

As part of our mission to ensure that future generations understand the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides—and that they impart them to their children—the JFCS Holocaust Center offers educational programs for parents, teachers, students, and others in the community who are interested in learning about this significant part of history. You will find our upcoming programs below. Unless noted otherwise, all programs are free.

Upcoming Events:

Alix Wall on The Lonely Child: A Song and a Film in Progress

Thur., January 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

“The Lonely Child” is a song written in the Vilna Ghetto by Yiddish poet Shmerke Kaczerginski in 1943 about a mother and daughter separated by war. Seventy-five years later, Alix Wall – the daughter of the song’s daughter – sets out to make a documentary film about the people who are keeping the song alive, working together with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, the son of a child hidden from the Nazis. While the film is in its early stages, Wall will speak about the power of the song and its global footprint. Learn More >

Americans and the Nazi Threat: What Did Californians Know?

Thur., February 1, 7:00 pm
3200 California Street, San Francisco

While media around the country provided frequent and vivid accounts of rising Nazi brutality in Europe, Americans tended to focus inward in the 1930–40s. Step back in time with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and local experts to explore headlines and artifacts from that time period in California. Learn More >

Download the flyer for the February 1 event >

16th Annual Day of Learning

Sun., March 4
Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco

Students (grades 7-12) and educators from all public and private schools throughout California are invited to this free, one-day conference to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide in order to inspire moral courage and social responsibility in the future. Learn More >

Holocaust Survivor with Students

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