October 2018



Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know
Speaker: Renee Steinig
October 14, 1:30-4:30 pm, Temple Emanuel, Newton
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Research Sunday
October 21, 2:00-4:30 pm
Temple Emanuel, Newton
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This month we are featuring the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) as a follow-up to our September program with Annie Polland, Executive Director of AJHS. The American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest ethnic, cultural archive in the United States. AJHS provides access to more than 30 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present.
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Never Forget: An Evening of Conversation with Dr. Anna Ornstein and Leora Tec
October 9, 7:00-8:30 pm, $10
First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington
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Expelling the Jews: Wartime Plans to Expel Jews from Eastern Europe after the Second World War
Speaker: Gil Rubin, Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University
October 11, 4:30-6:00 pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge
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Fragments of a Lost World: Why I am Moved to Bring People to Poland to Teach about Jewish Life
Speaker: Leora Tec
October 14, 9:45 am, $10
Temple Emunah, Lexington
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Remembrance of Things Past: Keeping the Stories of Jewish Poland Alive
Co-sponsored by the American Association of Polish Jewish Studies (AAPJS) and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB)
October 21, 5:00-7:30 pm ($18-$50)
The Depot in Lexington Center, Lexington
Limited number of $15.00 tickets available, please contact President@jgsgb.org for more information.
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Tracking Your Ancestors Using Local Resources
October 22, 7:00-9:00 pm (limited space; registration required)
Newton Free Library, Newton
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Psychological Dimensions of the Jewish Immigration Experience
Presented by the Vilna Shul in partnership with Hebrew College
October 16 – November 20, 7:30-9:00 pm, 6 sessions, $120
Emmanuel Church/Central Reform Temple, 15 Newbury Street, Boston
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The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad
Presenter: Judy Russell
Legacy Family Tree webinar, register in advance
October 19, 5:30 pm
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Research in Belarus
JewishGen online course, register in advance
October 26 – November 16, $125
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Polish Historical Politics and the Future of POLIN (Museum of the History of Polish Jews)
Speaker: Dariusz Stola, Director, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Recording available on demand
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Nashi Predky 2018 Conference
Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future
November 3-4, Somerset, NJ, registration required ($)
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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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The Society will present a Beginners Workshop in Jewish Genealogy for newcomers and novices on Sunday, November 4, from 10-12 noon at Temple Beth El-Atereth Israel in Newton. We will also continue to offer our annual 8-session comprehensive beginner’s course, Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History, at Hebrew College in March 2019. More information on both will be available on our website.

First-time members who join this fall will get full 2019 Membership plus the fall 2018 programs for the basic annual membership fee – 16 months for $25!