|Time Traveling |
| The Katz Snyder Gallery is located on the second floor of the JCCSF, but to experience one of its exhibits is to travel across countries and time. From September to November, visitors to the gallery are transported to Budapest in the 1940s, where Swedish diplomat and businessman Raoul Wallenberg saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust. “To Me There’s No Other Choice” proves a not-to-be-missed exhibit honoring one man’s bold courage and heroism. “You’ll walk away amazed and inspired,” says the JCCSF’s Director of the Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts Lenore Naxon. |
Through an engaging timeline, video installation, and images of historic pieces, the exhibit charts Wallenberg’s life from architecture student at the University of Michigan to bank employee in Haifa, where he first encountered Jews. He moved on to a diplomat post in Budapest, where he issued protective Swedish passports for Jews and rented buildings where Jews could seek shelter. Wallenberg also took business trips to Nazi-occupied Germany and France as the international manager of the Central European Trading Company, where he gained first-hand knowledge of German bureaucracy.
Less than a year after Wallenberg launched his rescue mission, he was imprisoned by Soviet forces and never seen again. The details of his death remain unknown. But his legacy lives on: In 1981 Wallenberg became one of a select group of people named honorary citizens of the United States, and has since been made an honorary citizen of Canada and Israel. Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem recognizes him as one of the “Righteous Among the Nations.” And just a few blocks from the JCCSF stands the Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School.
“He was one person who felt he had no other choice,” says Naxon. “Actually, he had many other choices but he chose to change the world with his actions.”
Join us on Monday, October 28 for a special evening with Wallenberg biographer Ingrid Carlberg. Learn more.
|Because of You |
|The Katz Snyder Gallery at the JCCSF exists because of people like you. The JCCSF is home to hundreds of programs for teens, seniors, athletes, youth and families. Tens of thousands of people across the city rely on the JCCSF as a resource for community, education, health and happiness. From visiting the Wallenberg exhibit to traveling to distant countries with the Travel Program, just about everyone finds a way to benefit from the JCCSF in a meaningful way. |
Membership, program fees and ticket sales do not cover our full cost to run the JCCSF. The JCCSF needs your individual donations – of any size – to continue making programs and services accessible to everyone in our community.
Through your collective generosity, the JCCSF creates opportunities to fill your heart with laughter, joy and love. Please join us in ensuring a bright future for our JCCSF. Call 415.292.1229 or visit us online at jccsf.org/give.
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|Journeys of Discovery |
|Participants in the JCCSF Travel Program, no matter where they are – South America, Cuba, China, Israel, Russia – carry the JCCSF spirit and feeling of community with them. “Wherever we go, we bring the JCCSF with us,” says JCCSF Travel Program Manager Ariel Goldstein. “It’s our connection to the JCCSF that creates opportunities for building relationships with locals and experiencing their homeland in a very personal way. Traveling with the JCCSF is a unique experience.” In the next six months, travelers will have that unique experience in four different countries. |
In December participants head to Cuba, marking the program’s thirteenth trip to the island nation. Engagement with the local Jewish community, including trips to Havana’s Sephardic Center and Holocaust Memorial, will enable the group to experience parts of Cuba that few travelers get to see.
In January participants go back in time in Israel, studying at historic sites and meeting with local scholars for a firsthand, immersive learning experience that explores the early days of Judaism and Christianity. Destinations include the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Caesarea and Tiberias.
In March participants head to Uruguay – home to one of the most active Jewish communities in the world, and Argentina – home to the largest Jewish community in South America. A special trip to Moisesville, the Jewish Gaucho town founded in 1889, will connect people to the first of many agricultural colonies where Jews from Russia arrived at the end of the nineteenth century.
“Traveling with us is about uncovering hidden gems, about discovery” says Goldstein. “When we visit these communities and tour these sites, the understanding of that place immediately deepens for our travelers, and they are able to see other countries in a whole new light. It’s fantastic.”