JFCS Day of Learning, San Francisco, CA – March 8, 2015

by George J Elbaum

The Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) has organized an annual Day of Learning since 2003, inviting students and educators from schools throughout California to participate in numerous workshops to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide, and to inspire moral courage and social responsibility in the future.  Each workshop includes a presentation of eyewitness testimony by a survivor of the Holocaust or genocide. This year’s Day of Learning was held again at San Francisco’s Galileo High School, with more than 600 students and 100 educators participating in 15 workshops for students and 3 for educators.  My presentations were to 2 student workshop sessions  entitled “Who Lived in the Ghettos?  A Study of the Socio-Economic Spectrum”, which were organized and led by Lu Bazela, a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher of Social Science at the Fernando Rivera Intermediate School in Daly City.

JFCS’s Katie Cook arranged my presentations as well as being one of the key organizers of the whole event, and JFCS volunteer Debbie Aquaro was my on-site guide, ensuring that I found the right room for my presentations and, afterwards, that I didn’t get lost leaving Galileo High School :-).

1st workshop with teacher Lu Bazela

1st workshop with teacher Lu Bazela

2nd workshop

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2 Responses to JFCS Day of Learning, San Francisco, CA – March 8, 2015

  1. Samantha says:

    I dont know if this reply message will go to George himself but it is worth a try. I was in his audience today. Almost very front row. Today at 2-3:35pm he came to talk to us about his life journey. During his speech I wanted to know more about his life and more in a detailed manor. I heard that George had signed books, and was wondering if he coud come back to Gateway High School in San Francisco. To sign books. That is if the teachers at my school will be notified of this. I love his story alot. Meeting him again would be awesome. I know this may not be the right place to talk like this, I couldn’t find his email address. George, if you see this can you email me at 16samanthat@gatewayhigh.net. Thank you for your time talking to us.

    • gelbaum says:

      Thanks much for your message. I was really impressed with Gateway, will post the visit on my website within a day or two, and will come back whenever I’m invited by your teacher(s) to talk to another class.
      My very best,

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