September 2015


Passenger Manifests and the Immigrant Voyage

Speaker: Phyllis Kramer
September 27, 1:30-3:30 pm
Gann Academy, Waltham
Members are invited to bring their friends to this program for free.
A new Ukraine SIG and the 4 existing SIGs will meet; see JGSGB NEWS below
More info & handout


Mining the Treasures in Newspapers

Speaker: Rhonda R. McClure
September 4, noon-1:00 pm
New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
More info

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Author talk: Sarah Wildman
September 9, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
More info

From Ottoman Empire to Italian Colonialism: The Jews of Rhodes 1900-1944

Speaker: Prof. Aron Rodrigue, Stanford University
September 17, 4:15-6:00 pm
Harvard University, Center for European Studies
More info

Genealogy: Researching Your Ancestors

Class presented by Newton Free Library
September 29, 2:00 -3:00 PM
Newton Senior Center, Newtonville
More info

NEHGS Family History Day

October 3, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston
Cost: $50
More info


Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research – Tips, Tools and Tricks
September 2
, 2pm

Legacy Family Tree Webinar, register in advance
More info

Eastern European Jewish History and Culture
September 8 – December 22

Hebrew College online course taught by faculty in Vilnius, Lithuania
Cost: $500 (plus registration fee)
More info


IAJGS Conference

Our Society was honored at the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem this summer when we received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Project in recognition of our members’ work on the Memorial (Yahrzeit) Plaques project.
More info

At the same conference, Doug Cohen, Treasurer of JGSGB, was elected Treasurer of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.  More news from the conference will appear in the October issue of Mass-Pocha.

New Ukraine SIG

We have a new Special Interest Group, the Ukraine SIG. It will be led by Alan Shuchat and hold its first meeting on September 27 around 3:30 pm after our regular program.
More info

The ongoing SIGs (Bessarabia, Belarus, Litvak/Baltic and Poland) will also meet that day.
More info

Bring Friends for Free

We invite JGSGB members to bring their friends to the first program of the season on September 27 for free admission.

Special Membership Offer

All first-time members who join this fall will get full 2016 Membership plus the fall 2015 programs for the basic $25 annual membership fee – 16 months for $25!

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