May 2019


DNA Basics Workshop
Presenter: David Ellis, JGSGB Board Member
May 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Temple Emanuel, Newton
Followed by optional buffet lunch, $20, advance reservations required by April 30
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DNA Successes in (and Despite) Endogamy
Presenter: Lara Diamond
May 5, 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Temple Emanuel, Newton
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Cadastral Surveys and Maps of Galicia: Visiting Ancestral Towns and Meeting the Neighbors
Joint program of the JGSGB and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts
May 19, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Framingham Public Library, Framingham
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This month we are featuring the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the JDC Archives houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. On the site, you can view galleries, exhibits, and topically arranged content; learn about the documents and finding aids, photos, artifacts, films, oral histories, and indexed names; and conduct research in the online database.
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Finding Your Jewish Roots
April 29, 7:00 pm
Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street, Lexington
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Like Dewdrops in the Waving Grass: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Trade
Prof. Saskia Coenen Snyder, University of South Carolina
May 2, 4:45 – 6:00 pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge
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Walking Tour: Boston Jewish Women Finding their Voices
May 5, 4:00 pm, $18 register in advance
location provided after registration
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The National Center for Jewish Film’s Annual Film Festival
May 7-19, multiple locations
JGSGB is sponsoring the film From Cairo to the Cloud (May 16, 5:00 pm, MFA)
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An Evening with Ambassador John Loeb, Jr.
May 8, 7:00-8:30 pm, $18 reception and book signing to follow
NEHGS Library and Archives, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
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Bearing Witness: The Story of the Nentershausen Synagogue
A Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Event
Presented by Stephen Denker, JGSGB member
May 16, 8:00 – 9:15 pm
Adams Street Shul, 168 Adams Street, Newton
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Comparing the DNA Testing Services
May 30, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, registration required
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
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The 10 Most Useful Databases for Eastern European Research
Legacy Family Tree webinar, register in advance
May 15, 2:00 pm
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Tools for Translating and Transcribing Genealogy Records
Legacy Family Tree webinar, register in advance
May 29, 2:00 pm
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Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies 2019 Conference
June 30-July 2 Denver, CO, registration required ($)
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IAJGS 2019 International Conference
July 28-August 2, Cleveland, OH, registration required ($)
Early Bird Registration extended to May 9
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Our Speakers Bureau is now accepting invitations for the fall. If you know of a synagogue or other local organization whose members might be interested in learning more about their Jewish family histories, please contact Susan Rosen at