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The Study Groups  are a series of educational programs for the Section’s members and fellows interested in enhancing their knowledge of various topics of contemporary importance. With this program members and fellows have been exploring a broad range of social, cultural and political issues and presenting solutions for going forward. The program has been a powerful tool to service members and reach out to new membership resources.

Study Groups Events

Past Events

Council Wednesdays Webinar Series: The San Francisco Protocols and Services for Children in Foster Care 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Featured speakers:
Renee Espinoza 
Executive Director of the San Francisco Court, Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Hon. Susan Breall, California Superior Court Judge 
City & County of San Francisco 

Moderated by Emma & Julia Shaw, NCJW Next Generation Members

Click HERE for the webinar recording.

Council Wednesdays Webinar Series: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Clients and Programs of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Featured speakers:
Nancy Masters, Associate Executive Director at JFCS
Dr. Heidi Emberling, Director of Parents Place at JFCS

Moderated by Emma & Julia Shaw, NCJW Next Generation Members

Congregation Beth Israel Judea & National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco 

Fine Art from the Holy Land Show and Sale by Safrai Gallery of Jerusalem

January 17 – 20, 2019 | 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco

On January 17th – 20th, Congregation Beth Israel Judea was transformed into a gallery featuring the finest in Israeli art. A comprehensive collection of original oil paintings, watercolors, original lithographs and etchings designed by over 100 different Israeli artists was displayed at the show and over 1000 works of art were available for exhibition and sale.

The Four Day Program Included:

Happy Hour Kick Off –
Patron Preview Party 
Thursday, January 17th  | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

habbat Shira Concert featuring Cantor Arik Luck with
Wine & Cheese reception

Saturday, January 19th | 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Sisterhood Lunch and Learn Free catered light luncheon (space limited)
Friday, January 18th | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Reception & Discussion: Israeli – Bay Area partnership
in Fighting Human Trafficking
Sunday, January 20th | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NCJW San Francisco Co-sponsors a Benefit Screening of “Persona Non Grata”

Saturday, September 10, 2016

On September 10, 2016 NCJW SF co-sponsored a benefit screening of the film “Persona Non Grata,” which tells the story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved over 6,000 Jewish lives during World War II.  

Hosted by the Nichi Bei Foundation, the benefit screening was followed by a panel including Cellin Gluck, director of the film, Mandoka Sugihara, granddaughter of Chiune Sugihara; and survivors of the Sugihara transit visas. The reception after the film featured musical entertainment by the Murasaki Ensemble Trio and delicious food, wine, and sake.

Sharing the Work: Presentation by Professor and Prominent Feminist, Myra Strober

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 PM  

Place: Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Professor Strober discussed her new book, Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others).

A labor economist, she is professor emerita at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, and professor of economics at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She was founding director of Stanford’s Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute for Research on Women in Gender) and president of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Faculty Artist Series
Mark Teicholtz, 

Sunday, October 11, 5:00 PM  

Admission Free

Conservatory Orchestra Open Rehearsal

Sunday, October 18, 2:00 PM

Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagno
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Admission Free

Alumni Artist Insights
Christopher Basso 04′, 

Saturday, October 24, 8:00 PM

“Last Words” Beethoven Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
Shostakovich, Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147
Shubert, Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Faculty Artist Series
Don Ehrlich, 

Monday, November 9, 8:00 PM

Schumann Märchenbilder, Op. 113
Brahms Viola Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2
Rubinstein Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 49

Admission Free

Chamber Music Master Class with
the Kronos Quartet and SFCM students

Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 PM

Admission Free

Historical Performance
Baroque Ensamble

Sunday, November 15, 2:00 PM

Music of Vivaldi and Handel

Admission Free

Conservatory Opera Scenes

Saturday, November 21, 7:30

Favorite selections from staples of the repertoire performed with piano accompaniment

Admission Free

Conservatory Opera

Sunday, December 6, 2:00 PM

Bizet/Brook La tragédie de Carmen

Admission Free

Stolpersteine: Stumbling Stones

A Film Screening and panel discussion with Howard Shattner, Jacqueline Shelton-Miller, and German Consul General Stefan Schlueter

Sunday, March 29, 1:30 PM  | Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, SF
Free Admission

In Germany and elsewhere in Europe, victims of the Nazis are being remembered with Stolpersteine—brass plates, embedded in concrete, record the details of each victim (some of whom survived the war) whose last address was at that spot. A project conceived and overseen by German artist Gunter Demnig, more than 40,000 remembrance plates have been installed to date.

Howard Shattner (pictured left) has produced a twenty-seven minute film, Stumbling Stones for My Family, documenting these Stolpersteine installations and the encounters he has had with ordinary Berliners at each site. He will be joined by Stefan Schlueter, German Consul General in San Francisco, and by Jacqueline Shelton-Miller. 

Motherland: Growing Up with the Holocaust

A Reading by Rita Goldberg

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 PM | Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, SF
Free Admission

Rita Goldberg (right) reveals both her mother’s story and Goldberg’s own struggles as the daughter of a survivor. She reflects on the life story of the author’s parents and how they fell in love in the middle of war, loss and the cruel fate of the Holocaust.

Rita Goldberg’s mother, Hilde Jacobsthal, was fifteen when the Nazis invaded Holland. After the arrest of her parents in 1943, Hilde fled to Belgium, where she went into hiding and worked with the Resistance at night. After she was liberated by the American army, she volunteered with a British Red Cross unit to help with relief at Bergem-Belsen. Despite the overwhelming devastation, she stayed at the camp for two years, helping with the enormous task of recovery. Hilde’s family and Anne Frank’s family were close friends before the war and reunited after the war. Otto Frank (Anne’s father) became Rita’s godfather.

RSVP to: Nalini Elias at, (415) 346-4600 or Sara Keyak at (415) 731- 0348.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 6:30-8:30pm | Goethe Institut, 530 Bush Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco

RSVP to: | (415) 346-4600 or Sara Keyak, (415) 731- 0348

Rita Goldberg, whose mother’s photo is in this exhibition, will speak about her book, Motherland —- Growing Up with the Holocaust

Spearheaded by Exhibition Chair Jackie Shelton-Miller, this phenomenal project brings together the Federation, the Goethe Institut of San Francisco, and the Wolff Foundation in Amsterdam. The free exhibition is the world premiere of 26 portraits of Jews in Amsterdam in 1943, taken by German-born Dutch photographer Annemie Wolff who passed away in 1994, which were previously lost to history.

The exhibit will be a means of learning, exploration, and creating a space to discuss our collective history, how it affects our current lives, and how we can pass it on to future generations. The compelling images provide an unforgettable experience for viewers to delve into the past, present, and future of the Jewish and human experience. The previously lost works also help illuminate an untold story of Jewish life in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. Visit to view the story behind the discovered photos. This exhibition will run from February 26 – April 17, 2015

Geneaology Research Service

The National Archives at San Francisco, 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066

Find out when and where your family members departed their birthplace to come to the United States. Learn about what ship or mode of transportation they took! These official documents can be obtained to get all the facts available with respect to immigration and naturalization.  This is wonderful information to have about your family history. There are no special set tours available but it is interesting to see the facility and obtain copies of the records available.

The Documentation: “Declaration of Intention — Petition for Citizenship — Affidavits of Petition, Witnesses and Oath of Allegiance”

Sara Keyak, Study Groups Chair, will lead small groups by arrangement to obtain the above materials. Please contact Sara, (415-731-0348), or the NCJWSF Office (415-346-4600, to arrange a visit.

PS. Be sure to bring the details for the individuals you want information on. Some information may not be available at this facility, but may be at the District Court, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, Rm. 2417, (415) 522-2009 or at the Civil Records, Superior Court, (415) 551-3813, Naturalization.

Reception & Exhibition Commemorating The Rescue of Bulgarian Jewry

Nov. 12, 2014 | San Francisco Main Public Library

The National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco Section and Bulgarian Memory Foundation collaborated to present this exhibition, which highlighted little known historical facts explaining the chain of events that, via the humanistic efforts of the Orthodox Church and the common people of Bulgaria, led to some 48,000 Bulgarian Jews being rescued from deportation to the Nazi death camps during WWII.

Welcome by:

Antonia Lavine, President, National Council of Jewish Women; Marin Dimitrov, Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria; David Goodstone, Director of Public Affairs, Consulate General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest

Featured Speakers:

Varban Todorov, PhD, Associate Professor, Vice President of the Bulgarian Archive State Agency

David Levy, International Intellicratic Institute

With the financial support of Dr. Milen Vrabevski , European Citizen of the Year 2013

Flyer Program

Lynn A. Dean, Estate Planning and Elder Law

Sunday, August 24, 2014 | 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Lynn Dean discussed “Trust Updating, Revising Trusts, and Recent Developments in Trusts”. She covered IRAS and the distribution of IRAS. This meeting was open to couples.

Spring and Summer Study Groups Programs: Davies Symphony Hall and Conservatory of Music

Davies Symphony Hall – June 1, 2014

The Study Groups attended the Conservatory of Music Annual student competitions. They also enjoyed the original 1940 version of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 performed by the Davies Symphony Hall orchestra. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the Nutcracker Suite were also played while restored footage was shown on the big screen. This concert benefitted the Orchestra’s pension fund.

Into NCJW’s Global World with Sharon Gustafson, ICJW’s President 

December 4, 2013 | Delancey Street Restaurant | 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco

Featured Speaker: 

Sharon Gustafson – President of the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW)

The ICJW brochure can be found HERE.

JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

October 3, 2013

Featured Speaker:

Gina Waldman, Co-Founder of JIMENA, spoke about her life and the struggles she overcame from being a Jewish woman who was forced to flee her home.

Combating the 21st Century: Fighting Hate on the Internet

May 17, 2011

Featured speaker:

Nina Grotch, Education Director, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) provided information on cyber bullying and its connection to hate and prejudice.