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JFCS Holocaust Center

The JFCS Holocaust Center is dedicated to the education, documentation, research, and remembrance of the Holocaust. As Northern California’s primary resource for education about the Holocaust and other genocides, our programs increase awareness about the causes and consequences of hatred, anti-Semitism, and indifference—during the Holocaust, as well as during contemporary times.

Inspiring moral courage and activism in future generations of youth, our Preisler Shorenstein Institute reaches more than 20,000 public and private school students and educators each year. Our Tauber Holocaust Library & Archives houses more than 12,000 volumes, an archive of more than 2,000 recorded oral histories, and many rare artifacts, memorabilia, and images documenting the Holocaust.

Many Bay Area Holocaust survivors are part of the JFCS Holocaust Center’s William J. Lowenberg Survivor Speakers Bureau where they work with Bay Area high schools and colleges and share their stories of courage and resilience.

The JFCS Holocaust Center also has published The Diary of Rywka Lipszyc, the writings of a Polish teenage girl which was found at Auschwitz in 1945 and has been revealed for the first time after more than 70 years.

Learn more about the JFCS Holocaust Center and it's events, programs, publications, and fellowships:

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Care for the Survivors

JFCS possesses a deep sense of responsibility to care for Holocaust survivors who are an integral part of our community. We have helped thousands of survivors over the decades through our Seniors At Home home care and support services, comprehensive reparations assistance program, and JFCS RIDES transportation services.  In addition to many direct services that address survivors' physical, financial, and emotional well-being, our Café by the Bay programs offer survivors ample social, cultural, and educational opportunities, as well as the chance to spend time with friends. 

In Appreciation

The JFCS Holocaust Center is funded through the generous support of individuals, foundation grants, and program fees. Special support and funding are also provided by the following named funds established as part of JFCS' Permanent Endowment: Gita & Henry Baigelman Holocaust Education Fund, Libi & Ron Cape Endowment Fund, Leonie J. Darwin & Jay A. Darwin Endowment Fund, Lilly Manovill Endrei Education Fund, Joseph & Rita Friedman Family Fund, William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau Fund, Senator Herbert C. Pell Scholarship Fund for Holocaust Studies, Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education, Tauber Holocaust Library and Education Program Endowment Fund, Idell and Otto Weiss Family Youth Community Service Fund, Mitzi and Adolf Wilner Memorial Fund, and Rozsi & Jeno Zisovich Holocaust and Tolerance Studies Scholarship Fund.

Additionally, generous support is provided from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, Laszlo N. Tauber M.D. Family Foundation, Sarlo Foundation, and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Special funding for the University Fellowship is provided by the Maria and Jerry Brenholz University Fellowship Fund and the Albert Jerassy University Fellowship Fund for Holocaust Education.

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For Seniors At Home services in San Francisco, the Peninsula and Marin County, call 415-449-3777 or email For senior services in Sonoma County, call 707-571-8533.

For Holocaust reparations assistance, call 415-449-3823 (English assistance) or 415-449-2900 (Russian and English assistance)

For Café by the Bay programs, contact:
San Francisco and Palo Alto: Bobbi Bornstein, 650-688-3090;
San Mateo: Pauline Shulman; 650-931-1858;

For the Holocaust Speakers Bureau, contact:
Nikki Andrews at 415-449-3717 or

For Holocaust Education Programs, contact:
Morgan Blum Schneider at 
415-449-1289 or

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