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December 2019

Dan Oren – The Wedding Photo: Genealogy Puzzles Discovered and Solved

December 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Members Bring a Friend For Free A visit to an abandoned Polish Jewish cemetery in 1993 launched Dan Oren on a 20-year search to solve the mystery of “Who is Buried in Sarah’s Tomb?” A visit with a cousin unearths a breathtaking photo of a Berlin family wedding from 1926 and leads to discovering their unimaginable post-wedding history. In this talk, Dr. Dan Oren will share these stories and others along with the research strategies he used to unearth and…

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January 2020

Dan Judson – Welcome to America!: The Religious Life of Jewish Immigrants

January 12, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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The religious life of immigrant American Jews at the turn of the 20th century was in part transplanted from Eastern Europe, while some fascinating new religious phenomena emerged in the American context. Dr. Dan Judson describes trends such as “mushroom synagogues” popping up for the High Holidays, the “chazan craze” in which some cantors attracted top entertainment salaries, and the spin-off congregations from Stephen Wise’s “free synagogue”. This lecture will describe all of these trends and place the religious life…

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Research Sunday

January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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(Feldberg Meeting Room, lower level) Registration is now closed. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Get help with using your genealogy software Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books…

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February 2020

Avraham Groll -What’s New at JewishGen? and Jewish Migration Patterns

February 9, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Exciting change and movement is happening at JewishGen.org. During this talk you will find out first-hand about significant new technology and features that will help you in your research, major impacts that JewishGen has had upon the broader Jewish community, and recent developments within the leadership team. Second Talk: Jewish Migration Patterns: Jewish Life in Poland during the 16th - 18th Centuries. Using maps, pictures and documents, Avraham Groll will show the patterns of Jewish migration to Poland between the…

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May 2020

Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Resources for Sephardic Research: An Introduction

May 3, 2020 @ 1:30 pm EDT
Goto Webinar MA United States + Google Map

GSGB VIRTUAL GENEALOGY PROGRAM presented in generous cooperation with MyHeritage Click here to register for this program: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3915055646195687693 Advance registration required You will receive a confirmation email with instructions from MyHeritage   Schelly Talalay Dardashti will introduce the growing field of Sephardic research, surveying websites, discussion groups, books, journals, conferences, archives and libraries, ongoing research projects, researchers, and DNA projects. She will include information on the Sephardic presence in Eastern Europe, a topic that has not been explored widely by researchers.…

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Virtual Research Sunday

May 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting Registration is closed To register, login to your account. Registration Closes May 10. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers with your research questions or work with a strategist to plan your next steps. Please provide a clear focus question Translation help with documents written in Bulgarian, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, or Yiddish Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you These…

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Alan Shuchat-Finding Jewish Records from the Russian Empire

May 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial Link to view this program will be sent to JGSGB members shortly What kinds of records were kept of subjects in the Russian Empire and what kind of information was recorded? What records still exist and how can they be found? How can we learn where our ancestors lived and locate their records? How can we deal with the language barrier? We'll see examples from JewishGen, JRI-Poland, Ukrainian archives, FamilySearch, Ancestry,…

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Joan Nathan – Food: A Window on Jewish Life, Culture, and Genealogy

May 31, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial Link to view this program has been sent to JGSGB members Do you have your latkes with applesauce or sour cream? Does your family eat rice during Passover? Award-winning chef, food journalist, and author Joan Nathan will show us how the foods we ate growing up were influenced by our families’ ethnic and geographical origins. Dedicating her life to examining Jewish food through a historical perspective, she will explain how and…

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June 2020

Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Maria Apodaca – Jewish Ethnicity: History, Migration and DNA

June 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Goto Webinar MA United States

Temple Emanuel and the JGSGB VIRTUAL GENEALOGY PROGRAM presented in generous cooperation with MyHeritage Register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5224966523076348430 Advance registration required - Free and Open to All You will receive a confirmation email with instructions from MyHeritage Schelly Talalay Dardashti will build on her introduction to Sephardic research program with a deeper look into Jewish ethnicity as seen through historical events, migrations, and DNA evidence covering the post-1391 and post-1492 migrations from what is today's Spain and Portugal around the Mediterranean,…

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Yuri Dorn – Belarus: Jewish History & Research Strategy in Belarus Archives

June 14, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial A link to view this program will be sent to JGSGB members shortly This program will not be recorded Yuri Dorn will present a brief history of Jewish Belarus, followed by a description of the records available for research in Belorussian archives. He will explain which records you can expect to find and will suggest the best strategy for approaching one's research. Remember that your Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Polish, etc. ancestors may…

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July 2020

Libby Copeland – Stories from the World of DNA Testing

July 14, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Virtual via Zoom Meeting *Please read our Zoom tutorial This presentation is open to the public. CLICK HERE  to register for this program. If you are not already on our email list and  would like hear about future programs, CLICK HERE to be added. Have you had your DNA tested? Were your results surprising? If so, you’re not alone. Journalist Libby Copeland will share some of the stories she discovered while researching her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is…

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September 2020

Marian Smith – Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Records

September 13, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Marian Smith presents an overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool (included in the handout), she demonstrates how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found. Bio: Marian Smith retired in 2018 after thirty years as an Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), later US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).…

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October 2020

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

October 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

The Beginners Workshop is Open-to-All No Fee! Carol Clingan Debbie Lerner Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. The second half will apply this information to a case study, demonstrating what you can find and how you…

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Lisa Cooper – A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale

October 25, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

What was life like in the old country? Through the eyes of Lisa Cooper’s grandmother Pearl, we experience family life in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Pearl's son recorded his mother's memories, which give a lively sense of life and culture in the Pale of our ancestors. Bio: Lisa Cooper is a British writer, journalist and artist. While spending a…

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Too Brown to Keep: A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm EDT
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

JGSGB is co-sponsoring a program with the Massachusetts Genealogical Council Judy Fambrough-Billingsley will discuss her newest book, which covers her odyssey from being an abandoned “brown baby” in Germany after WWII to unlocking the mysteries of her birth parents.  In addition to sharing her unique story, Judy will describe some of the tips and lessons she learned while researching and discovering her ancestry. Pre-registration required:  www.massgencouncil.org/m-o-r-e Free.

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November 2020

Jonathan Brent – YIVO’s Rediscovered Archives in Vilna and New York; and Spotlight Talk: Elliot Matz – Bringing Jewish Life to Lithuania’s “Sturbridge Village”

November 8, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

YIVO’s collections include more than 2.5 million documents and 12,000 books that were long thought to be lost and represent over 500 years of Jewish history in Eastern Europe.  The landmark Edward Blank YIVO Vilna project will preserve and digitize these materials, making them available to researchers.  Dr. Jonathan Brent’s talk describes the project and the political and social roles these records play in contemporary Lithuanian society and 21stcentury Jewish identity. Jonathan Brent Dr. Jonathan Brent is the Executive Director…

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Annual Lecture: Steven J. Zipperstein – Myth and History in the Recent Jewish Past

November 15, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy co-sponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Free and Open to All JGSGB current members: Program is free. Members do not need to register. You can find the Zoom link by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the "What would you like to do" dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program.…

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Aaron Ginsburg – The Joint: What Is It and How Can I Use Its Archives?

November 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Special Members-only Program Presented by: Aaron Ginsburg, JGSGB member The Joint Distribution Committee has provided relief and support to Jews in many countries since 1914. During WWI and the subsequent turmoil in Eastern Europe, the Joint assisted millions of Jews. This work continued during the Holocaust and continues today. Recently their archives became digitized and searchable, http://search.archives.jdc.org/. Aaron will review the history of the Joint, describe the archive's contents, and will demonstrate how to use the search engine to learn more about your…

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FILM and PANEL DISCUSSION: “Children of the Inquisition”

November 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Join us for a special online showing of the film, “Children of the Inquisition,” followed on November 22 by a one-hour panel discussion and Q&A led by the film’s director, Joseph Lovett. Advanced registration is required - https://hebrewcollege.edu/events/film-screening-of-children-of-the-inquisition-and-discussion-with-director-and-guests/ The film will be available for viewing from 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18th through 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 20th. Separate links for the movie and the Zoom discussion will be sent to all registrants the week of November 16th. Deadline to RSVP…

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December 2020

Deborah Munk Long – Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust

December 6, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Deborah Munk Long reviews the best (as well as some of the obscure) resources and methods for determining the fate of those involved in the Holocaust, including survivors and victims. Deborah will use examples from her own research to demonstrate the documents and artifacts she discovered. Download her handout here. Bio: Deborah Munk Long has been researching her family's Holocaust history and looking for surviving family members since she was 10 years old. Her research…

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JGSGB Book Group

December 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm EST
– Zoom Meeting, Virtual MA United States

Please join us: The book: Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman One woman’s journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into Family Identity, Myth & Memory. The Book Group is open to all JGSGB members. For more information and/or to be added to the mailing list, contact Bookgroup@jgsgb.org

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