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Hebrew College

160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/

January 2014

Hasia Diner – Wandering Jews: Peddlers and the Discovery of New Worlds

January 5, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States

How did peddling, an utterly prosaic and familiar occupation of Jews in the Old World, become an engine of opportunity for Jewish resettlement around the world? What was the role of peddlers in Jewish migration and integration in nearly every place in the New World including the United States, the British Isles, North, South and Central America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand? Professor Hasia Diner is a renowned authority on American Jewish history and U.S. immigration history. She is…

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March 2014

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern – The Golden Age Shtetl

March 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States

Professor Petrovsky-Shtern will discuss his new book The Golden Age Shtetl. The shtetl was home to two-thirds of East Europe's Jews in the 18th and 19th centuries, yet it has long been one of the most neglected and misunderstood chapters of the Jewish experience. Challenging popular misconceptions of the shtetl as an isolated, ramshackle Jewish village stricken by poverty and pogroms, Petrovsky-Shtern argues in his latest book that, in its heyday from the 1790s to the 1840s, the shtetl was…

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July 2014

Nadia and Oleksiy (Elisha) Lipes – Resources in Ukrainian Archives for Jewish Genealogical Research

July 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Ukrainian researchers Nadia and Oleksiy Lipes will discuss records in the Ukrainian archives that are relevant to Jewish family research, emphasizing archives in Kiev and eastern Ukraine, but Galician records will also be included. The different kinds of records, their unique features, and their availability will be discussed. Ukrainian archives include Metrical Books (parish registers); rabbinical records of births, deaths, and marriages; census tables 1795-1900; Jewish Population Census of 1875; Russian Empire Population Census of 1897; police records; lists of…

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November 2014

Annual Lecture: The Genetic History of the Jewish People – Dr. Harry Ostrer

November 2, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Our 8th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy, co-sponsored by JGSGB & Hebrew College. In 1921, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the Berlin rabbis in which he observed, “I notice that the word Jew is ambiguous in that it refers (1) to nationality and origin, (2) to the faith.” Population genetics research is adding new meaning to Einstein’s view of being Jewish by showing that the history of the Jews can be seen in their genes. Jews can be said…

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February 2015

JGSGB Genealogy Course at Hebrew College: Foundations of Jewish Genealogical Research (registration required)

February 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston will be offering its award-winning, intensive introductory course on Jewish Genealogy for the 7th year starting Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  The course is designed to provide serious adult students with the skills and knowledge to research their Jewish family origins. It is taught at Hebrew College in Newton  by experts from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. The course includes relevant world history and geography, research methodology and strategies, and guidance in…

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October 2015

Steve Morse – Two Lectures: One-Step Webpages and A Case Study

October 11, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Join us for a special double program with Steve Morse, the man who created the “One-Step” research tool that gives novice and experienced genealogists the key to Ellis Island and Castle Garden databases and much more. Morning lecture at 11 AM One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools Steve Morse initially created the “One-Step” website as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database.  He later expanded it to search the 1930 Census. He has continued to…

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November 2015

Annual Lecture: The Scroll and the Cross: Jewish Genealogy in Latin America – Ilan Stavans

November 8, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Our 9th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy, co-sponsored by Hebrew College and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. With a population of close to half a million, the Jews of Latin America are a microcosm of parallel diasporas. A portion dates back to the colonial period and is defined by a converso identity, another traces its roots to the Pale of Settlement, and yet another one is linked to the Ottoman Empire. These disparate family trees result in a…

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March 2016

JGSGB Genealogy Course at Hebrew College: Foundations of Jewish Genealogical Research (registration required)

March 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston will be offering its award-winning, intensive introductory course on Jewish Genealogy for the 8th year starting Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  The course is designed to provide serious adult students with the skills and knowledge to research their Jewish family origins. It is taught at Hebrew College in Newton  by experts from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. The course includes relevant world history and geography, research methodology and strategies, and guidance in…

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November 2016

Glenn Dynner – Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor and Life in Eastern Europe

November 20, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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10th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy, co-sponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College In the 18th and 19th centuries, much of the economy of Eastern Europe was based on vodka and Jews were believed to be the only group sober enough to be entrusted with its production and sale. The Jewish-run tavern, leased from the local nobleman, became the center of leisure, hospitality, business and other aspects of local life. However, as peasant drunkenness reached epidemic proportions, reformers and government officials…

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March 2017

Jewish Genealogy:
Discover Your Family History

March 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Register here The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, in conjunction with Hebrew College, is offering its award-winning course on how to research your Jewish family history. Eight Wednesday evenings March 1 - April 26, 2017 (excludes April 12) 7:00 - 9:30 pm at Hebrew College in Newton Tuition $250. Class limited to 24 students.         "Terrific course. Lots of great info useful to all levels of researchers... All the lecturers were well-prepared, engaging and stimulating... I loved…

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December 2017

Adam Mendelsohn – The Rag Trade: How Jews Made It in America

December 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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11th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy co-sponsored by the JGSGB & Hebrew College   The majority of Jewish immigrants who made their way to the United States between 1820 and 1924 arrived nearly penniless.  Yet today their descendants stand out as exceptionally successful. From itinerant rag traders to piece workers and entrepreneurs in the burgeoning garment industry, shmattes help us explain Jewish economic success in America. Adam Mendelsohn wrote the award winning book, The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their…

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December 2018

Annual Lecture: Credit to the Nation: East European Jewish Immigrant Bankers, Mass Migration and American Finance – Rebecca Kobrin

December 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy cosponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College Jewish immigrant bankers helped shape the mass migration of Jews from Eastern Europe and the development of 20th century American finance.  Entrepreneurial Jewish immigrants formed small banks to facilitate purchasing passage to America. Their innovative credit mechanisms gave immigrant Jews, who could offer no collateral, access to basic financial services. They encouraged immigrants to invest in new homes, contributing to the immigrants’ economic success and the expanding…

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