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June 6, 2023, San Francisco—The Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) Holocaust Center has announced the public phase of a $45 million capital campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art Holocaust Center, library, and archive.
The JFCS Holocaust Center is widely recognized statewide, nationally, and internationally as a leader in Holocaust and genocide education. The organization is currently guiding a major statewide response to combatting antisemitism, including co-chairing the Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education and leading the California Teachers Collaborative, a critical initiative that will reach California’s students, teachers, and community members over the next five years.
Antisemitic incidents rose by a shocking 41% in California from 2021 – 2022—the highest number on record since the ADL began tracking incidents in 1979. Research demonstrates that young people who receive Holocaust education report a deeper understanding of the Jewish community, a more pluralistic attitude, and a greater willingness to challenge intolerant behavior in others. The need for expanding Holocaust education throughout California is abundantly clear.
The proposed new center—a 15,000 square-foot, four-story building—will include an expansive library to house 20,000 books, proper archival storage for priceless artifacts, museum-quality exhibit space, a board room, classrooms, and seminar meeting spaces. Servings hundreds of schools, the center will be a hub for programs, exhibits, symposiums, conferences and research—the only resource of its kind in northern California.
“The sacred responsibility of this generation is to remember, commemorate, and teach the moral lessons of the Holocaust to future generations,” says Dr. Anita Friedman, JFCS Executive Director and Co-Chair of the Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education. “We are grateful to those who have stepped up so generously to build this premier Holocaust Center, and we invite the entire community to be part of this once-in-a-century project.”
To make a donation to build our community’s Holocaust Center or for more information, visit jfcs.org/neverforget