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Upcoming Event: At the Threshold of Memory

At the Threshold of Memory: An Exploration of New Modalities in Holocaust Education Please join our friends at Jewish LearningWorks this weekend for an exploration of new modalities in Holocaust education. The program is free of charge and open to all adult community members, but registration is required. Register > Sunday, February 12 2:00 – 5:30pm University Read More

Posted by Admin on February 7, 2017
Jewish Film Institute WinterFest 2017

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to partner with the 4th annual JFI WinterFest to present the Bay Area premiere of The Zookeeper’s Wife! The Zookeeper’s Wife is a new film based on the best-selling nonfiction book starring Jessica Chastain as a working mother who becomes a hero to hundreds in World War II. Attend the premiere and Read More

Posted by Admin on January 24, 2017
The Next Chapter Featured in The Mercury News

The JFCS Holocaust Center’s Next Chapter program was recently featured in The Mercury News! Read the article > The Next Chapter enables high school youth to develop profound connections with Holocaust survivors. By participating in the program, students build a special community of social responsibility and genocide awareness and are awarded 40 hours of community service. Read More

Posted by Admin on January 13, 2017
Register Now for the Day of Learning 2017!

Day of Learning Sunday, March 19 12:30 – 5:00 pm Galileo Academy of Science and Technology San Francisco All Northern California students (grades 7 – 12) and teachers are invited to this annual, free event. Come learn from preeminent educators and Holocaust survivors. At the Day of Learning, gain a deeper understanding about the Holocaust Read More

Posted by Admin on January 5, 2017
Amazing Poems from Adele Harrison Middle School

The JFCS Holocaust Center was honored to have the students from Adele Harrison Middle School in Sonoma join us for the BAY AREA BIG READ! Upon careful reflection after reading The Children of Willesden Lane, the students at Adele Harrison Middle School wrote incredible poems. The following poems are just a few examples of the Read More

Posted by Admin on November 23, 2016
BAY AREA BIG READ Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle featured a great story about The Children of Willesden Lane BAY AREA BIG READ and its impact on local students. We are so proud that we were able to bring Lisa Jura’s story to nearly 7,000 students and teachers throughout Northern California. From the article by San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Filipa A. Ioannou: Read More

Posted by Admin on November 21, 2016
Thank You Letters Fly in from Lowell High School

The response from students and teachers throughout Northern California to The Children of Willesden Lane BAY AREA BIG READ has been incredible! This past week the JFCS Holocaust Center has received over 120 thank you letters from students at Lowell High School in San Francisco. Each heartwarming letter serves as a reminder of the importance of educating youth Read More

Posted by Admin on November 18, 2016
"From Generation to Generation" at the CJM

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration between the JFCS Holocaust Center and The Contemporary Jewish Museum, inspired by the new exhibition From Generation to Generation. From Generation to Generation examines memory, sometimes personal, but more often collective or historic, through the lens of art. The artists invite us into their worlds, urging us to make Read More

Posted by Admin on November 18, 2016
BAY AREA BIG READ Featured on KCBS Radio

The Children of Willesden Lane Bay Area BIG READ is a powerful education initiative for grades 6-12. It teaches youth about the Holocaust, the importance of standing up against bigotry and hatred, and the transformative nature of art. Recently, KCBS reporter Scott Lettieri visited a classroom at City Arts and Technology High School in San Read More

Posted by Admin on November 15, 2016
Former JFCS Student Spreads Genocide Awareness

Lydia is a former student of the JFCS Holocaust Center and participated in both of our programs for high school students, The Next Chapter and the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship. Armed with knowledge and skills that she learned while studying with the JFCS Holocaust Center, she has spent the last year developing her own curriculum to be Read More

Posted by Admin on October 21, 2016
Book Signing with Holocaust Survivor Gloria Lyon

The JFCS Holocaust Center, in partnership with Rhoda Goldman Plaza, is pleased to present a reading, book signing and reception for Gloria H. Lyon, author of Mommy, What’s that Number on Your Arm? A-6374. Sunday, November 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Rhoda Goldman Plaza 2180 Post Street, San Francisco RSVP by November 6th by contacting Candiece Milford Read More

Posted by Admin on October 10, 2016
Denial Film Screening

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to partner with Taube Philanthropies in hosting screenings of Denial. Based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the film tells the story of Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt’s legal battle with Holocaust denier David Irving. Directed by Mick Jackson and starring Rachel Weisz, Denial is not to Read More

Posted by Admin on September 30, 2016
Kindertransport Oral Histories

What are “oral histories”? Oral histories are testimonies of Holocaust survivors, recorded on audio and video tape. These personal stories provide us with an immediate way to grasp the horrors of the Holocaust. The oral history clips on this site are excerpts from testimonies in the JFCS Holocaust Center collection. They have now been digitized Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Herb H.

Survival by Luck by Naama W. Saint Mary’s College High School   The first thing Herb said he could remember was the small, idyllic town that his family lived in: a nice place on the outskirts of Prague. He was born into a Jewish family, a small one, with only one other child beside him. Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: AnneMarie Y.

The Story of AnneMarie Y. by Joshua C. Stuart Hall High School   AnneMarie Y. was born in Chemnitz, Germany, She lived in a house with her father and mother. On November 9, 1938, when AnneMarie was a young child, she heard the violence of Kristallnacht[1] from inside her house. When she asked her parents Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Ed L.

Ed’s Story by Madison M. Monte Vista High School   Ed was born in the year 1930, in Dobromil, Poland[1]. Self described as a troublemaker, Ed’s first memory was at only three years old, when he had managed to swallow a coin. He remembers everyone in a frenzy around him, worried about his safety. Of Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Bill K.

The Story of Bill K. by Jacob L. Lowell High School   Shlomo Katz, now named Wilfred (Bill) K., was born in the year 1928 in Pultusk, Poland[1]. He was the 3rd oldest of 7 children. Born and raised as a Jew, Shlomo’s life was enjoyable, school in the fall, winter and spring, and a break Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Leon R.

Leon’s Story By Damian F. Stuart Hall High School   For many Jews in Czernowitz[1], the period preceding World War II was the golden age for Jewish civil rights. Leon R. was born during this period and enjoyed the benefits of being recognized as a citizen of Romania. As a young boy, Leon had a close friend Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Stella M.

Esther to Stella by Dominique M. St. Ignatius College Preparatory   “Esther!” her mom called out down their street. Esther’s long, thick black hair waved in the wind as she glided on her gold scooter towards her home for supper. “Bye Lulu! See you tomorrow at the movies!” she exclaimed before zooming away. Lulu is Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Luba K.

Luba’s Story by Joy C. Kehillah Jewish High School & Leah C. Menlo-Atherton High School   Luba was born in Szydlowiec, Poland into a family of 8 originally as Leba. She remembers it was a Friday afternoon when she was about 13 years old and was watching her younger sister when she heard planes fly Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Helen F.

Helen’s Story by Leah K. San Mateo High School   Helen F. was born in 1920, in Satu-Mare, Romania, as the middle child to 9 brothers and sisters. She grew up in a middle-class family that owned a large property; she learned to cook and clean, spent time with her Jewish and non-Jewish friends, and was Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Livia G.

Livia’s Story by Bethie L. Aragon High School Livia was born in 1925 in a small town outside of Satu Mare Romania called Micula. The town only consisted of a few hundred people. Livia was one of ten children. In 1944, at the age of eighteen Livia went to visit her older sister in Budapest. Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Helen F.

Helen’s Story by Ella G. Lick-Wilmerding High School   Helen F. was born in 1920 in the county of Satu-Mare, Romania.[1] Helen grew up in a large town of 100,000 where she attended a school that taught up to the 7th grade. If you wanted to earn a higher education then you would have to Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Ellen V.

Ellen’s Story by Chace C. Nueva School   On May 10th, 1940, a seven-year-old Ellen saw the war for the first time. Snuggled in her mother’s arms, she watched as German planes dropped bombs on the nearby Amsterdam airport. The oppressive Nazi regime slowly started to affect Ellen and her family over the next few Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Leon R.

Leon R. – “The Will to Live” by Talia M. San Francisco Waldorf High School Leon R., now 84 years old, was born in Czernowitz, Romania in 1931. There in Romania Leon grew up with his mother and father in a big condominium with many other families. He had a best friend named Marcello, and Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Gloria L.

Gloria L.: A Survivor’s Story by Seth E. Stuart Hall High School Gloria L. was born in what she remembers as ‘the enlargement of Czechoslovakia’ on January 20, 1930, in the village of Nagybereg, which was located in the province of Bereg. Nagybereg had a population of approximately 8,000 to 10,000 people, and was only a few Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Rivka S.

  The Life of Rivka S. by Rebecca C. Lick-Wilmerding High School Through The Next Chapter, I had the honor of getting to know Rivka Spiegel, a Holocaust survivor whose story is tragic, yet both enlightening and inspiring. Rivka grew up in Ozorkow, Poland, with her two older sisters, Golda and Rachel, and one older Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Next Chapter 2016: Warren H.

Warren’s Story by Nick E. Stuart Hall High School A Jewish family, living in Germany at the height of anti-Semitism, was not destined to have a good fate. Many survivors today still deal with the guilt that they alone were able to make it out of the Holocaust. However, what about a family in which Read More

Posted by Admin on September 16, 2016
The Past is a Foreign County: Poland Confronted with Holocaust History

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs, Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She was the 2011/2012 Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and is the author of Me – Us – Them. Ethnic Prejudices and Alternative Methods of Education: The Case of Read More

Posted by Admin on August 18, 2016
Recent Additions to the Tauber Holocaust Library

The Tauber Holocaust Library’s collection includes over 12,000 volumes in more than 15 different languages. Each year, thanks to both generous donations by community members and staff purchases of the latest works in Holocaust and genocide scholarship, the collection expands further. Books recently added to the Tauber Holocaust Library’s collection: Alice’s Piano: The Life of Read More

Posted by Admin on July 19, 2016
JFCS Holocaust Center to co-present four films at the SF Jewish Film Festival

This year, the JFCS Holocaust Center will co-present four films at the 36th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival! Continuing to inspire communities in the Bay Area to expand their understanding of Jewish culture through film, this year’s festival lineup includes 68 films from 15 countries. The JFCS Holocaust Center is proud to co-present the following Read More

Posted by Admin on July 12, 2016
The Botkin Family: A Bridge Between the Past and the Future

Meryl Botkin was delighted when she heard that her granddaughter, Julia, had been accepted into the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship at the JFCS Holocaust Center. She knew that she would get the chance to see her beloved granddaughter more often throughout the school year, and it would give Julia an incredible opportunity to study the Read More

Posted by Admin on July 12, 2016
Reflections on the 2015-2016 University Fellowship

Each year at the JFCS Holocaust Center, students from colleges and universities throughout the Bay Area apply for the Albert Jerassy University Fellowship. As part of this JFCS Holocaust Center program, two students benefit from a nine-month intensive study of the Holocaust that includes mentoring and teaching high school students, developing curriculum, working with primary Read More

Posted by Admin on June 29, 2016
Munich ’72 and Beyond Documentary from The Foundation for Global Sports Development Will Screen at Jewish Family & Children’s Services in San Francisco

The film chronicles the tragedy and aftermath of the terrorist attack in which 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were killed at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties will host a public screening of the documentary film Munich ’72 and Read More

Posted by Admin on June 14, 2016
Register Today, Space is Limited!

The Children of Willesden Lane Bay Area BIG READ The JFCS Holocaust Center is happy to announce an exciting new opportunity to engage students about the Holocaust using an interactive curriculum focusing on art, music, and the power of storytelling. All Northern California teachers (grades 6-12) are invited! This training is part of a larger Read More

Posted by Admin on May 24, 2016
We continue to remember
The JFCS Holocaust Center is comprised of the Tauber Holocaust Library and Education Program, the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship, the Speakers Bureau, the Day of Learning, the Oral History Project and the Zisovich Fellowships programs, as well as The Next Chapter Project. All of these organizations operate on the generous support of our donors.
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