Sunday Brunch

The Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association gathers the second Sunday of each month for a bagel brunch from 10:30am-1:00pm. The first hour is reserved for eating and visiting (10:30-11:30am), then following announcements and meeting remarks (11:30am-12:00 noon) we offer a one-hour educational or entertaining program (12:00-1:00pm).

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

Admission is free unless otherwise noted, but a $5 donation is suggested, and bringing food to share is always appreciated.

Unless otherwise noted, brunches will be held on selected Sundays from 10:30am-1:00pm, at the JCC in the Adult Lounge on the second floor.

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at [email protected] or 408.357.7462.

Upcoming Brunch Dates at the JCC:

All brunches are 10:30am-1:00pm unless otherwise noted.

April 14
Author and survivor Max Garcia will be joined by his daughter to share memories from his book “Auschwitz, Auschwitz, I’ll Never Forget You.”

May 5
Rabbi Ariel Burger will discuss his book Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom. Burger was Wiesel’s teaching assistant for many years and is a rabbi, teacher, artist and lecturer. There will be a fee for this event. Price TBA. For more information and to RSVP, contact [email protected].

June 2
San Jose State Professor Linda Landow will update us on activities on the local campus.

Other Events:

Community Yom HaShoah Memorial Service at Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave., San Jose, CA, 95126.
Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00pm
Everyone is invited to Silicon Valley’s Yom HaShoah service, with special guest speaker Max Garcia, a survivor, and with the participation of the Jewish clergy of the community, a community adult choir, and a children’s choir. For more information, contact Temple Emanu-El at 408.292.0939 or visit

County of Santa Clara: Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at County Government Building, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 
Thursday, May 2 at 4:00pm
The topic of this year’s Holocaust remembrance ceremony will be “Courageous Diplomats: Rescuers During the Holocaust.” Foreign service personnel from many countries used their roles to save Jews during the Holocaust, at the risk of their personal and professional lives. Holocaust survivor Lottie Marcus will share her personal story of survival through receiving a visa from Feng Shan Ho to Shanghai. You can also visit the “Beyond Duty” exhibit in the County Governance Building breezeway. The exhibit is sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest. For more information, contact Diane Fisher at the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley: [email protected] or 408.357.7504.


Photos from past meetings








The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.