Manovill Programs

Manovill Seminar

The Manovill Seminar program is an opportunity for high school students (grades 9 – 12) to investigate the ties between racism and antisemitism and increase their awareness of the patterns of genocide. This 3-month long seminar focuses specifically on the history of the Holocaust and the Cambodian Genocide.

Graduates from the 2022 Manovill Seminar share the impact that the program had on them.

Students engage in discussion, hear survivor testimony, and explore items in the Tauber Archives. The program culminates with a student-driven project to locate real-world applications of themes learned during the seminar.

Participating students in grades 9 through 11 may be invited to continue their work after the Manovill Seminar with a Manovill Research Fellowship.

Manovill 2024 Schedule

March 26                  Session 1 (Family Orientation)- Virtual

April 2                       Session 2- In person at the JFCS Holocaust Center

April 9                       Session 3- Virtual

April 16                     Session 4- Virtual

Sunday, May 5          Session 5    (Holocaust Remembrance Day) In person at the JCCSF

May  21                    Session 6- Virtual

May 28                     Session  7- In person

Sunday, June 2 (2-4pm)        Session 8  (Family Graduation)- In person at JFCS

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program meet? 
Weekly during March – May, 2024 5:00 – 7:00pm

Does the program meet online or in person? 
The program meets both online and in person. The final schedule will be shared with applicants.

Is there a fee to participate? 
There is a $400 program fee for each student participating in the Manovill Seminar. Financial aid is available for those eligible as the JFCS Holocaust Center is committed to making sure all students have the opportunity to participate regardless of financial circumstances.

When is the application due? 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 13 or until the cohort is full!

Manovill Research Fellowship

Through this invitation-only fellowship, each student dives deep into a topic of their choosing on the Holocaust or genocide, learns research, writing, and presentation skills, and furthers their knowledge on the patterns of genocide by reviewing modern events and genocides. Students in this program will choose a topic to investigate deeper, complete a thesis (8 – 10 pages), read a memoir, and present their learnings to the broader community on that topic while investigating modern events that fall under the umbrella of patterns of genocide.


The Manovill Programs are named in memory of Lilly Manovill z’l, who courageously helped fellow Jews from the Budapest ghetto escape and survive. The program is generously underwritten by the Lilly Manovill Endrei Education Fund at JFCS.

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