March 2014

To JGSGB Members & Friends:

Here’s the 3rd issue of our monthly newsletter to supplement our journal Mass-Pocha (published 3x/year) and regular email announcements about our programs. You are invited to submit information on coming events to by the 25th of the month for inclusion in the following issue. Submissions are screened for relevance to Jewish genealogy, interest and timeliness.  We welcome  your comments and suggestions.

Heidi Urich
President, JGSGB

JGSGB Programs

The Golden Age Shtetl

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern will discuss his new book. Talk co-sponsored by JGSGB, general admission $10, free to JGSGB members.  Reservations recommended.
Mar 12, 7:30 pm, at Hebrew College, Newton.  More info
DNA and Jewish Genealogy
2 lectures by Bennett Greenspan of FamilyTreeDNA, plus optional lunch.
Mar 30, 11 am & 1:30 pm, at Temple Emanuel, Newton.
Optional kosher catered lunch at 12:30. Lunch reservations required
Small Group Meetings 12:30-1:20 pm:  Ask the Experts;  Bessarabia, Poland and Litvak-Baltic SIGs.  More info

Other Programs

Jewish Settlement In and Out of Mattapan and Race and Ethnicity in Mattapan, 1860-2010

Lecture by Amy Schectman. Boston Public Library Family History Series.
Mar 12, 6 pm, at the BPL.  More info
No One Remembers Alone: Memory, Migration and the Making of an American Family
Exhibit runs through Mar 24 at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst.  More info Researcher Forum at the National Archives in Waltham.
Learn about new initiatives at NARA and offer ideas.
Apr 1, 2 pm, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham.  More info

Other News

Litvak-Baltic SIG is a new Special Interest Group for JGSGB members interested in Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian research. It joins the Bessarabia and Poland SIGs which meet in the hour prior to monthly JGSGB programs when held at Temple Emanuel.  More info
JewishGen is offering two on-line classes: Beginning Jewish Genealogy in the U.S., Mar 16 – Apr 13, $100; & Getting Organized, Mar 28 – Apr 10, $18. More info

RootsTech 2014, the largest genealogy conference in the U.S., has posted keynote lectures and other sessions on-line for free viewing at