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Newton Centre, MA United States

November 2014

Ron Arons – What’s in a Name? Trouble! and Nifty Technologies for Genealogical Research Analysis

November 16, 2014 @ 10:55 am - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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What's in a Name? Trouble! 11:00am - 12:30pm Ron Arons will discuss some of the research he did on his great-grandfather, Isaac Spier, who served time in Sing Sing Prison for bigamy and who committed other crimes. Through the years, Ron has come across records of other people with the same name who were born in the same general time frame, lived in the same places as his great-grandfather, and who, by some stroke of luck, also found trouble, either…

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January 2015

Adam Brown – Collaborative Genealogy: A Revolutionary New Approach to Building Our Family Trees

January 11, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Collaborative genealogy is a process in which many researchers contribute to a common, extended family tree. Adam Brown will describe the ways in which Internet sites and social networking have already begun to bridge the gap between the collaborative trees, the family-specific trees, and the large record and DNA databases hosted by organizations such as JewishGen. As we take advantage of these exciting new developments over the next few years, our opportunities for making breakthroughs in building our family trees will…

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February 2015

Sheila Green and Beverly Olsberg – Planning Your Family Reunion

February 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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If you are planning  a family reunion or even just thinking about the possibility, this workshop will provide many ideas and suggestions that should make the planning process easier and lead to an enjoyable reunion experience for all. Beverley Olsberg and Sheila Green will share what they learned when they each planned their successful family reunions. Beverley will transport you to Zambia, her birthplace and the site of her 1996 family reunion. Sheila will share the processes and techniques she…

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March 2015

Allan Jordan – Finding Family History in Probate Records

March 15, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Probate, which includes wills and estate records, is an interesting topic because it’s not a source people immediately think about, but the files are rich with information and can provide routes around research roadblocks. In his presentation, Allan Jordan explores: what is a Probate file; how to determine if someone was likely to have Probate records; how to go about finding the record; and what you may find searching in a Probate record. He will review the ins and outs…

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May 2015

Donate Your Books!

May 17, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Do you have books on Jewish history, religion or culture that you’d like to donate?  A newly-restored Jewish cultural center in the Azores has asked for our help in obtaining books.  Please bring your books to our program at Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel on Sunday, May 17 from noon to 4 pm. Persons wishing to donate books who can’t get to the program this Sunday should contact Candice to make other arrangements. A synagogue building in the Azores, founded in…

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Ellen Cassedy – Jewish Life in Lithuania Before the War

May 17, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Jews in "the land of the Litvaks" lived alongside their  non-Jewish neighbors for nearly seven centuries before the Holocaust. Ellen Cassedy, author of the award-winning We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2012), explores a rich cultural history, including the social structure of a multi-cultural world, the daily lives of women and men in villages, towns, and cities, and the dreams, aspirations, and challenges faced by our ancestors. Click here to download handout Ellen Cassedy…

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November 2015

Sheila Green and Beverley Olsberg – Planning Your Family Reunion

November 22, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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You’ve now identified members of your extended family through your research, but how do you put all that work to practical use? If you are planning a family reunion or even just thinking about one, this workshop will provide numerous ideas and suggestions to make the planning process easier and lead to a more enjoyable experience for all. JGSGB members, Beverley Olsberg and Sheila Green, will share what they learned when they planned successful family reunions. Beverley will transport you to…

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January 2016

Israel Pickholtz – Lessons in Jewish DNA – Inspiration From One Man’s Successes

January 31, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Are you concerned about understanding and interpreting your DNA test results?  DNA results are especially complicated for Jews, who have largely married “within the tribe” for hundreds of years, a practice known as endogamy. In this presentation, Israel Pickholtz will tackle this challenge head on. Since every family is different, rather than taking a “how to” approach, he will demonstrate how he dealt with endogamy in his family and identify general lessons that apply to all DNA research. His goal…

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June 2016

Family History Pop-Up Exhibit

June 5, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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        You are invited to participate in JGSGB’s first “Family History Pop-Up Exhibit” at our monthly program. Bring your family history books, booklets and scrapbooks to be viewed by and to inspire your fellow genealogists! The exhibit will accompany a presentation by Mike Karsen on how to "Liven Up Your Family History with Images". Drop off your work between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm, and pick it up from 4 to 5 pm the same day.  Advance…

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Mike Karsen – Liven Up Your Family History With Images

June 5, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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A family history can contain phenomenal research with every event documented with precision, but yet no one is interested in reading it.  This is a likely outcome when the history consists mainly of names, dates and text.  If we want our painstaking work to be appreciated, it needs to be a vehicle for “time travel,” taking us back to the days when our grandparents and great-grandparents lived and raised their families. The use of contemporary images can bring histories to…

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September 2016

Todd Knowles – Getting the Most Out of FamilySearch

September 25, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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FamilySearch.org is the largest free genealogical website in the world. It contains the records of over four billion people worldwide and is sponsored by the Church of the Latter Day Saints (the Mormon Church). Todd Knowles will demonstrate how we can make the most of this vast resource as we search for our Jewish ancestors. In addition to the basic searches, we will learn some tricks to finding the records of our families, including the fast growing collection of online…

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December 2016

Eric Silverman – Jewish Dress and Cultural History: What You Can Learn From Grandma’s Photos

December 11, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Eric Silverman will discuss how something as mundane as clothing can help illustrate the complex social worlds in which Jews have always lived.  For most of Jewish history, but especially beginning around the time when the ancestors of most American Jews migrated to the United States, clothing illustrated a tension between dressing Jewish and dressing like everybody else – that is, clothing communicated messages about the different ways one could be Jewish in a particular era. Prof. Silverman is a professor at…

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May 2017

Genie Milgrom – From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: My Search for Jewish Roots; and How to Trace Your ‘New Christian’ Ancestors (2 lectures)

May 7, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Born in Cuba to a Catholic family, Genie Milgrom has brilliantly  traced her maternal lineage back 600 years to the Jews of pre-Inquisition Portugal and Spain. In her first talk, she will present her amazing personal journey to uncover her Jewish origins. In her second talk, she will describe the Catholic, notarial and Inquisition records that led to her discovery and ultimately persuaded Rabbinic authorities to recognize her Jewish identity. Genie Milgrom served as President of the Society for Crypto…

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November 2018

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Carol Clingan Debbie Lerner Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. The second half will apply this information to a case study, demonstrating what you can find and how you can use it to tell your family…

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Buffet Lunch

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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$20

Following the Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy, we will provide an optional buffet lunch at 12 noon for $20. Advance reservations are required and must be purchased online by 9 PM on October 30.  Lunch cannot be purchased at the event. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED Lunch will be a dairy buffet with a selection of sandwiches, quiche, pipettes, salad, dessert and drinks, prepared by a kosher caterer. Congregation Beth-El does not allow individuals to bring in food from outside the building.…

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Gene Fax – How World War I Transformed the American Jewish Community

November 4 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Before World War I, most Americans saw Jews as an alien population.  Gene Fax’s talk describes the Jewish transformation from “immigrants” to “Americans”, showing how America’s participation in World War I led to Jews being integrated into American life, becoming one of the many co-equal ethnic and religious groups. It also explains how the War began the destruction of Eastern European Jewry decades before the Holocaust. Gene Fax has researched the Jewish experience in World War I extensively. His book With Their Bare Hands was inspired…

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