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 :-).