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Day of Learning

Yom HaShoah


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:

“A Reason to Remember” Reception and Presentation

All middle and high school students from San Francisco are invited to join the community at Mercy High School for a special reception and presentation of “A Reason to Remember” – an exhibit which documents the fate of the five Jewish families from Germany during the Holocaust. Remarks will be by special guest Annemarie Yellin, a Kristallnacht survivor, and Derek Wetmore, a descendant of the survivors of one of the Roth families.

Thur., Nov. 9
4:00 to 6:00 pm
Mercy High School
3250 19th Avenue, San Francisco

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Surviving Skokie Film Screening

We are excited to partner with the Smith Rafael Film Center on an upcoming screening of Surviving Skokie! Filmmakers Eli Adler and Blair Gershkow will present and discuss a special screening of the powerful documentary they premiered at the 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival, where it was an Audience Favorite. The film focuses on Jack Adler, Eli’s father, a Polish immigrant and concentration camp survivor who built a life for his family in Skokie, Illinois. But the peaceful existence of hundreds of Holocaust survivors was threatened in 1978, when a neo-Nazi group announced a march through the Chicago suburb. Using the elder Adler’s first-person perspective and fascinating historical footage, the filmmakers explore how the community united in the face of the scars and memories that were suddenly exposed.

Sun., Nov. 19
4:15 pm
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street, San Rafael

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