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By the Grace of the Game: A Conversation with Dan Grunfeld

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Author Dan Grunfeld shares how Holocaust history and the NBA cross paths in his family story of life, love, resilience, and basketball.

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A kid in New York City loves basketball and watches the New York Knicks from the nosebleeds. Years later, that same kid is center-court playing in the NBA. Ernie Grunfeld went on to be General Manager of the Knicks in the 1990s. Most Knicks fans know the Grunfeld name, but what many do not know is that Ernie Grunfeld arrived in New York at age 9 with his parents from Hungary, not knowing a word of English and having lost most of his family during the Holocaust.

Hear Ernie's son, Dan Grunfeld, speak about the "unprecedented American Dream" realized by his father and his grandparents, and his experience as a third-generation Holocaust survivor carrying on the legacy of his family story.

By the Grace of the Game hits shelves on November 30th.

This event will be hosted on Zoom and is not recommended for children under 13.

Presented by 3gSF in partnership with 3GNY

To learn more about the JFCS Holocaust Center, please visit our website.

The JFCS Holocaust Center's Simon Preisler Learning Series is a program of the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education. The JFCS Holocaust Center is funded through the generous support of individuals, foundation grants, and program fees. See our funders.

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The Holocaust Center of Jewish Family and Children's Services is dedicated to remembrance, research, documentation, and education about the Holocaust. As Northern California’s primary resource for education about the Holocaust and other genocides, our work increases awareness about Jewish history and the causes and consequences of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. Through a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide, our goal is to inspire moral courage and social responsibility in future generations.

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