September 2018



Welcome to the start of our 2018-19 program year.

Two talks: Clairvoyant Housewives, Cookbook Mavens and Other Advice Givers: The Women of the Tenement and What’s Available at the American Jewish Historical Society for Researchers?
Speaker: Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society
September 16, 1:30-4:30 pm, American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 294 California Street, Newton
JGSGB Members are invited to bring a friend for free to this program!
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This month we’re featuring the Vilna Shul, the last immigrant era synagogue building that exists in downtown Boston. Located in historic Beacon Hill, the Vilna currently operates as a cultural center celebrating Jewish culture and its intersection with other cultures.
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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
September 5, 4:30-5:30 pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge
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Hands On With Tricky Genealogy Databases
September 24, 7:00-8:30 pm (limited space; registration required)
Newton Free Library, Newton
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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-$50)
The Depot in Lexington Center, Lexington
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What Do I Do Next: How to Unlock Your Genealogy Using Research Plans
Southern California Genealogical Society webinar, register in advance
September 1, 1 pm
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Importance of Newspapers for Family Research
Presenter: Daniel Horowitz
Legacy Family Tree webinar, register in advance
September 25, 2 pm
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Nashi Predky 2018 Conference
Your Ancestry: Past, Present and Future
November 3-4, Somerset, NJ, registration required ($)
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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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At last week’s IAJGS International Conference in Warsaw, JGSGB Member and Bessarabia SIG Leader Yefim A. Kogan was awarded the 2018/5778 JewishGen Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding commitment to JewishGen and for creating a valuable resource for anyone researching their Jewish roots in Bessarabia. Congratulations, Yefim!

The Society will present a Beginners Workshop in Jewish Genealogy for newcomers and novices on Sunday, November 4, from 10-12 noon at Temple Emanuel in Newton. We will also continue to offer our annual 8-session comprehensive beginner’s course, Foundations of Jewish Genealogical Research, at Hebrew College in March 2019. More information on both will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

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!

L’Shanna Tova! The Board of the JGSGB wishes you a happy and healthy New Year filled with new discoveries.