May 2015

JGSGB Member & Former Member Surveys

IMPORTANT:   The Society distributed two important surveys by email last week to help plan future programming, one for current members and one for former members.
May 3 Deadline:  If you received a survey and haven’t responded, be sure to return it before midnight on May 3.  The invitations were sent on April 19 and April 22, and a reminder was sent on April 25; all were sent from ‘heidi at jgsgb via surveymonkey’. If you need another copy, contact
Dual Members: If you have a dual membership and both members have not received an invitation to fill out the survey, send the name and email address of the member to whom it should be sent to
We thank those who have completed the survey. You can see the results of the last survey undertaken by the Society in 2009.

JGSGB Programs

Speaker:  Ellen Cassedy
May 17, 1:30 pm, at Temple Beth-El Atereth Israel, Newton

Events Elsewhere

National Center for Jewish Film’s 18th Annual Film Festival
April 30 – May 1, Screenings at MFA, Boston; West Newton Cinema; Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge
May 3, 11 am, JGSGB is sponsoring Farewell Herr Schwarz, West Newton Cinema
More info

Finding Living Ancestors: Being a Genealogy Gumshoe
Speaker:  Mike Maglio
May 27, 6 pm, Boston Public Library, Central Library, Abbey Room
Local & Family History Lecture Series, free
More info

Celebrate the Remarkable Jewish Women of Boston! Annual Mother’s Day Celebration & Brunch
Highlighting Yiddish theater’s Sophie Tucker and Molly Picon
Speakers:  Helaine Davis & Linda Stern plus children’s activities and tour of Shul
May 10, 10 am,  Vilna Shul, Boston
More info


35th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Early registration discount extended through May 6  ($290 vs. $320)
Multiple tracks, great lectures, the best and latest in Jewish genealogy.
Optional Shabbaton Weekend (Fri-Sat) and Exploration Sunday with tours and programs.

July 6 – 10, Israel.  Ramada Jerusalem Hotel


The Jewish in Jewish Genealogy
JewishGen online course, $120
 May 1 – May 29

JewishGen educational 5-minute videos, free
More info
____________________ is highlighting our Memorial Plaques Project (with Al Bernstein, Carol Clingan, David Rosen, Sue Rosenstrauch) and the work of JGSGB member Alex Woodle for the Austrian-Czech SIG, in its newly released annual report which focuses on the work of volunteers worldwide.Items for the next newsletter should be submitted by May 20 to

Heidi Urich