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2018
March, 2018
Speaker: Sarina Roffé Branching Out From Sepharad outlines the history of Jews in Spain, the 1492 Expulsion, the history of Jews in Syria, and follows them to the Americas. Biographies and genealogies of rabbinic families include the Kassins and Labatons, as neighbors in Vallodlid, and Hedayas, as well as genealogies of their related families (Attia, Dabah, Mizrahi). The book is footnoted and can be used as a source for research. Jointly sponsored with JGS. the author Sarina Roffé will discuss her work, its significance, and will be available for questions after her presentation   The event requires pre-registration. Admission is $10, please click here to RSVP ...
Speaker: Fred Voss   From 1892 to 1954, more than 12.5 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—whom nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America. Most were processed through Ellis Island without incident. But some immigrants found themselves detained due to mental or physical illness, because their paperwork was not in order, or because those who were due to receive them did not show. What kind of stories could they tell? This talk will explore the personal, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of those who came ...
April, 2018
Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey Shandler This lecture examines the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive as a major project of public memory situated in a series of contexts: Jewish ethnographies, public memory projects at the turn of the millennium, and the different media used to document the Holocaust. Jeffrey Shandler is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.  He received a PhD in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University.  Shandler has also been a visiting scholar at the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Center, Tel Aviv University; the Center for Religion and ...
May, 2018
  Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks   GenealogyIndexer.org is a free website for searching 1 million+ pages of historical European directories (business, address, telephone), yizkor books, Galician secondary school reports, military documents, and more. Containing many millions of personal names – often with towns, street addresses, and occupations, and sometimes with vital dates or patronymics – most of the 2,000+ sources are not searchable elsewhere. This talk will focus on recently added sources and new search functionality. The use of directories in the Warsaw property restitution process will also be discussed briefly. Recipient of the IAJGS 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish ...
June, 2018
Speaker: Mark Halpern   A great many Galician researchers have acquired family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine. Images of many of these records can now be found online. Over the last seventeen years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers.   This session offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. A historical perspective showing the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping and how regulations on civil marriages impacted the legitimacy and surnames ...
August, 2018
  Speaker: Daniel Horowitz   Learn how to access genealogical resources and other useful databases available in Israel, that can be used online to find relatives. Every day, more genealogical, historical and other types of useful databases are released on the Internet. Israel has a lot of websites and digital resources that can be searched via the Internet in English and Hebrew. A fast introduction to Hebrew, the keywords needed and the translation tools available will help everybody deal with the vast list of places where you can find information of people that have born, passed, lived or died in Israel. Rich ...
November, 2018
 Speaker: Lara DiamondCo-Sponsored by JewishGen.org at the Museum of Jewish Heritage Genetic genealogy is much more complicated when dealing with endogamous populations than the general population, and many people get frustrated when trying to identify actual relatives from the mass of genetic cousins who are actually related in many ways quite far back. Learn how you can have success when dealing with endogamy by examining stories from the speaker's own family's DNA, which include reuniting with branches thought killed in the Holocaust.   Lara Diamond has been researching her family for 25 years, starting as a middle school student. She has traced all ...