JFCS’ Advocacy Efforts Are Fighting Antisemitism
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The Never Again Education Act of 2021 (SB 693) is on its way through the state legislature, thanks to unwavering support from Senator Henry Stern, author of the Bill, the California State Jewish Caucus, and the leadership of the JFCS Holocaust Center along with the USC Shoah Foundation and the ADL. The bill, which will expand teacher training, materials, and opportunities for enhancing Holocaust and genocide education across the state, addresses the growing knowledge gap among young Americans about the Holocaust and other recent genocides. The Key to Fighting Antisemitism Morgan Blum Schneider, Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center, says… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 15, 2021
Dr. Carl Grunfeld Donates Family Passport to JFCS Tauber Archives
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In the midst of the pandemic, Dr. Carl Grunfeld, member of the JFCS Board of Directors, reached out the JFCS Holocaust Center to donate an important piece of his family history. The passport belonged to Otto Schwarz, Carl’s uncle, who was born in Viersen, Germany in 1904. When Kristallnacht unfolded, Otto raced home and jumped over a wall to escape the Nazis. Days later, he returned to look at the wall and realized he could not jump high enough to even get his hands on the top. As Carl recalls, Otto “spent the rest of his life wondering how he… Read More

Posted by Admin on January 5, 2021
JFCS Holocaust Center Confronts Rising Antisemitism
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Last month, an alarming incident in Marin County schools reminded us that antisemitism exists, even in our own backyard. An Instagram account associated with Redwood High School in Larkspur named specific Jewish students in Marin and asked for followers to contribute to a list of names. The account was titled “Redwood students organized (against) semitism.” This incident represents an urgent and growing problem—what has happened in Marin schools is unfortunately not unique. Acts of antisemitism have been reported in schools across the Bay Area, most recently in San Mateo County, and represent a larger, national shift. A study released Read More

Posted by Admin on October 14, 2020
Holocaust Center Fights Antisemitism in Cooperation with Bay Area Schools
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There has been a recent and dramatic rise in antisemitism; from the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, to the stabbing on Hanukkah in New York. Attacks on Jews have increased globally, and locally as well. The JFCS Holocaust Center reports a 175% increase in antisemitic acts in schools and community spaces of the past year. As leaders of the Jewish community in the Bay Area, JFCS works diligently to combat hate and antisemitism. We find that education is one of the strongest tools in this ongoing fight. The Holocaust Center continues to play a role in preventing these… Read More

Posted by Admin on January 31, 2020
‘The Diary of Rywka Lipszyc’ Wins Prestigious Award
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Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto—first published by the JFCS Holocaust Center—has been awarded this year’s Historical Award by Polityka, Poland’s top newsmagazine. The handwritten diary—miraculously discovered intact amidst the rubble at Auschwitz—is a moving account of the life and dreams of 14-year-old Polish girl Rywka Lipszyc. After more than 70 years in obscurity, the diary was finally published in 2014 and soon after became a worldwide success. The diary has gone on to be translated and published in 15 countries, including Poland. The award, initiated in 1959, is the oldest award in Poland… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 4, 2018
Holocaust survivors are dwindling, but their children are just getting started
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J Weekly By Karen Galatz The generation of Holocaust survivors may be passing, but thanks to a just-launched initiative in San Francisco, their testimonies will live on through their children and grandchildren. Called the Next Generation Speakers Bureau, the initiative is the brainchild of Morgan Blum Schneider, director of Jewish Family and Children Services’ Holocaust Center. The bureau is designed to address the challenge of Holocaust education when the last of the survivors are gone. “We want to ensure that the Holocaust remains a story of faces, not just a history of numbers,” said Alexis Herr, the Holocaust Center’s new… Read More

Posted by Admin on April 12, 2018
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