December 2014

JGSGB Programs:

Jews in Focus:  Film Clips from Eastern & Central Europe Between the Wars
Presented by Sharon Pucker Rivo, Executive Director, National Center for Jewish Film
Plus: Spotlight Talk by Leora Tec on I’m Not Polish: My Discovery of Identity
4:00  meet with the new Belarus Special Interest Group (SIG)
December 14  at Temple Emanuel, Newton, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Other Events:

Limmud Boston: A Day-Long Conference of Jewish Learning
JGSGB member Marilyn Okonow will present an Introduction to Jewish Genealogy  at 10:15 am. Visit us at the JGSGB booth.
December 7 at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
$36 advance, $54 at door
More info

The Legacy of Jan Karski

Meeting of American Association of Polish-Jewish Studies
Speakers: Prof. Richard Pipes, filmmaker Waldemar Piasecki, Prof. Michal Szporer
December 7 at Harvard Hillel, 2:00 pm

Soviet Jewry: Then and Now
Panel discussion on recent history and current situation of Russian Jews, with JGSGB-member Alan Shuchat speaking on “Connecting to Your Jewish Past” (via genealogy)
December 9 at Newton Free Library, 7:00 pm
More info


JGSGB 8-Week Course: Foundations of Jewish Genealogical Research
A comprehensive introductory course on how to research your Jewish family history.
Starts February 18, meets eight Wednesday evenings at Hebrew College, 7-9 pm, $250.
Registration is open – Enroll
More info

Boston University Online Courses in Genealogical Research
Genealogical Essentials – for genealogy enthusiasts, 4 weeks, $775.
Certificate in Genealogical Research, rigorous 15 week course, $2,695.
Webinar with program information December 2, 12 – 1 pm. More info
Courses begin January 20; Enrollment deadline December 18. More info

JewishGen Online Courses
Beginning Jewish Genealogy in the U.S., January 16 – February 10,  $100
Advanced JewishGen, January 1 – 30, $100
Basic 1-Search Strategies on JewishGen, January 2 – 16, $18
More info


Membership renewals for 2015 are now underway. Please respond to our email invitation to rejoin and spare our volunteers the work of sending you a letter by regular post.  If you have an item for the next newsletter, please submit it by December 15 to

Happy Chanukah!

Heidi Urich
President, JGSGB