by George J Elbaum
San Francisco Hillel supports the community of Jewish students in several San Francisco colleges, including SFSU, USF, UCSF, Golden Gate, UC Hastings and others. Its efforts are focused on community building, organizing events for Shabbat and other holidays, arranging participation in Birthright-Israel, and participating in area-wide and national social justice programs such as “Repair the World Now,” Food Banks, etc. My talk was part of a unit that SF Hillel hosted for Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Remembrance Day, focused on stories and prayers for the Shoah and an on-campus event about anti-Semitism. It was attended by 2 dozen SF Hillel current members and alumni, organized by Sasha Joseph, Director of Student Life, with support from staff members Emily Simons, Naomi Zipursky and Jason Steckler. My participation was arranged by Penny Savryn, Program Coordinator of the JFCS Holocaust Center.