November 2018


Beginner’s Workshop on Jewish Genealogy
November 4, 10:00 am, Congregation Beth El, Newton (members free; $10 for non-members)
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There will be an optional Buffet Lunch (catered kosher) at 12 Noon for $20. Advance reservations for the lunch are required and must be purchased online by October 30. Lunch cannot be purchased at the event.

Two-part Program: Gene Fax – How World War I Transformed the American Jewish Community and Harry Penn – My Childhood in Wartime Lithuania: Lifelong Impacts of Surviving the Holocaust
November 4, 1:30 pm, Congregation Beth El, Newton
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This month we are featuring the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, the only prewar Jewish cultural institution to have survived the Holocaust. It is the home of the largest collection of Holocaust primary documentation in North America, a world-renowned library and archive of Jewish history and culture, an educational organization with online and on-site courses and the world’s oldest intensive Yiddish language program.
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30th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival
November 7-19, venues in and around Boston
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Kristallnacht as Crescendo and Overture
Speaker: Peter Hayes, Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus, Northwestern University
November 8, 4:30-6:00 pm
Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Street, Cambridge
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Books and Periodicals: Keys to Genealogical Research
November 26, 7:00-8:30 pm (limited space; registration required)
Newton Free Library, Newton
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Facebook For Genealogy (Even If You Hate Facebook)
Southern California Genealogical Society webinar, register in advance
November 3, 1:00 pm
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City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks
Legacy Family Tree webinar, register in advance
November 6, 2:00 pm
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Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor
Legacy Family Tree webinar, register in advance
November 7, 2:00 pm
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Guide to Immigration and Naturalization History
USCIS webinar
November 15, 1:00 pm
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Nashi Predky 2018 Conference
Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future
November 3-4, Somerset, NJ, registration required ($)
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Save the dates for 2019 conferences!

New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC) 2019 Conference
April 3-6, 2019 Manchester, NH, registration required ($)
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Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies 2019 Conference
June 30-July 2, 2019 Denver, CO, registration required ($)
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IAJGS 2019 International Conference
July 28-August 2, 2019 Cleveland, OH, registration required ($)
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Attention first-time members! Join the JGSGB this fall and receive membership through December, 2019 for the basic annual membership fee of $25.00.

Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History. We are offering our annual 8-session awarding winning comprehensive beginner’s course on how to research your Jewish family history at Hebrew College from March 6th through May 8th 2019. For more information: