You don’t have to be a survivor of the Shoah (Holocaust) to join the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association. We are open and inclusive to everyone who is interested in our group and the speakers and programs we offer.

While monthly in-person brunches have been suspended indefinitely, we are meeting monthly on Zoom. Please contact Cherie if you would like to join our monthly meetings.

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at or 408.357.7462.

The mission of the SVHSA is to assure remembrance of the Shoah:
  • We will achieve this by promoting dialogue, education, and creating platforms to foster awareness.
  • We will shed light how this genocide was the result of intolerance and hatred and the lessons learned should also be applied today.
  • We will strive to engage Holocaust survivors and their descendants to share their stories. It is important for the public to learn from their experiences and messages.
  • We will support social activities for the community of survivors and their descendants.
  • We will continue to collaborate with other supportive organizations in an effort to diminish apathy and Holocaust denial.
  • We will strive to promote an awareness of domestic and global antisemitism.



This year’s virtual Service of Remembrance is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, at 7 p.m. via the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center’s website and also via a link which will soon be available.

The Annual Sonoma County Yom Hashoah Commemoration will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. via Zoom. The focus of this year’s commemoration will be on our local Holocaust survivors. It will include both live and pre-recorded elements featuring video footage of Hans AngressAl and Susanne Batzdorff, and Lillian Judd.  To attend the commemoration on April 11th on Zoom, please register by no later than April 8th using this registration form.


Photos from past meetings







The Addison-Penzak JCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The JCC is also generously supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.

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