Join JFCS for Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Giving List Staff   |   April 12, 2022
Childhood photo of Holocaust survivor Yaacov Goldstein, from his memoir, Against All Odds, published by the JFCS Holocaust Center.

“Testimonies are perhaps the most powerful tool in bringing Justice to the victims.” 
—Reb Shlomo of Bobov 

In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Holocaust Center will host a two-day online program on April 27 and 28. You are invited to attend all or part of this meaningful series of community events featuring Holocaust survivor testimony, a reading of names, and thought-provoking conversations. This year’s theme is “Everyone Has a Story.” 

Holocaust education is more important than ever with the troubling rise in antisemitism. The JFCS Holocaust Center is Northern California’s primary resource for education about the Holocaust and genocide. More than 28,000 students, teachers, and community members each year throughout Northern California and beyond participate in the center’s innovative programs each year. 

Through year-round programming for high school students, college students, educators, and the community, the Holocaust Center works to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust continue to inspire empathy, social responsibility, and moral courage in students and community members.

“Everyone Has a Story” Yom HaShoah: A Virtual Commemoration

The events are being held online. Click here to register.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Reading of Names and Memorial Commemoration

4:00 pm (PDT) 
Reading of Names and Community Yizkor Memorial Service 
Featuring clergy from San Francisco synagogues and the Israeli Consul General

6:00 pm (PDT)
“Yom HaShoah: The Memory of the Past and the Moral Responsibilities of the Present” 
Dr. Anita Friedman, Executive Director of JFCS, in conversation with Yoav Potash, filmmaker, and Aaron Tartakovsky, community leader

Thursday, April 28, 2022
Day of Commemoration
Presented by the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education

10:00 am (PDT) 
Holocaust Survivor Testimony
Featuring Leon, a member of the William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau

7:00 pm (PDT) 
“Years of Glory: Recovering the History of the Holocaust in North Africa”
Susan Gilson Miller in conversation with David Biale. 
Presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center in partnership with New Lehrhaus and the Center for Jewish Studies at UC Davis. 

Registration is free thanks to the generosity of the donors to the JFCS Holocaust Center. Donations will support Holocaust education. For more information or to sign up, please click here.

Participants best express what it’s like to participate in the JFCS Holocaust Center’s programs:

“Survivors are physical embodiments of history, and at the same time, part of my community. I feel deeply convicted in my belief that storytelling has the power to change the world, and my world was absolutely changed by hearing Anita’s story. Learning about her gave me a model for resilience, compassion, and understanding.”
—Zoe, a student, reflecting on her experience listening to a Survivor’s testimony

Please visit to learn more about the Holocaust Center’s range of programs, upcoming events, and ways to get involved.


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