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Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Please note that the police are very stictly enforcing parking regulations around Temple Emanuel. If you do not find a place in the small lot behind the left side of the building, you should park on the street, very carefully observing the following regulations:

  • Do not park within 5 feet of a driveway.
  • Do not park within 20 feet of a corner.
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January 2014

Annual Help Day: Research and Translation Assistance

January 19, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States

Problem-solve with others who can help show you the way. Learn how to get started or get over that “brick wall” in your family research. Members will be able to consult with those more experienced for help with their family research. You can bring your own laptops for online research. Roundtables will be dedicated to topics such as: Country and region-specific research (e.g., Polish, Lithuanian, Galician, Ukrainian, Belarussian, Romanian, Moldovan, Bessarabian, German) Finding your ancestors using immigration, naturalization, and vital…

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February 2014

Jessica Antoline – Immigration from Lithuania

February 9, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States

Jessica Antoline will briefly recount the story of the migration of Lithuanian Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries and review the circumstances that prompted them to leave the land where they had lived for so many years and travel thousands of miles to new lands. Why did so many settle in Boston and its surrounding communities? What were their motivations, their hopes, and their struggles in di goldene medine as they tried to find affordable neighborhoods in which to live, communities of…

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March 2014

Bennett Greenspan – DNA and Jewish Genealogy

March 30, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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There will be 2 lectures and an optional lunch, starting at 11 AM at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA Bennett Greenspan, president and founder of FamilyTreeDNA, will give two presentations on the use of DNA for Jewish genealogy research. 11:00 am Understanding, Interpreting, and Using DNA Results Greenspan will discuss the three different types of DNA tests—Y, Mitochondrial, and Autosomal—including what results look like, what they mean, and what to do next once results are received. He will explain…

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April 2014

Fay Bussgang – Finding Your Ancestors in Polish Records

April 20, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Fay Bussgang More American Jews have roots in Poland than in any other country. Poland kept very good track of its citizens through metrical records (birth, marriage, and death), Population Registers, and other documents. While many of these records were destroyed during the war, a surprising number has survived and can be found in Polish Archives, even for localities no longer in Poland, particularly parts of present-day Ukraine. Through the efforts of JewishGen and JRI-Poland volunteers, information about and indexes…

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May 2014

Daniel Soyer – Landsmanshaftn: Jewish Hometown Societies in the New World

May 18, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Landsmanshaftn, mutual aid associations made up of immigrants from the same Eastern European town, were an important form of organization among turn-of-the-twentieth-century Jewish immigrants in the United States. At one time, thousands of landsmanshaftn provided their hundreds of thousands of members with health and death benefits, loans, and help in securing jobs and housing. They also served as arenas for social interactions, and evolved their own colorful internal culture. In this illustrated talk, Daniel Soyer discusses the development of these…

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June 2014

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild – Belarusian Encounters: Travel, Family Research and Connections

June 8, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Since 1966, when she was a participant in the US–USSR scholar exchange program, Rochelle Ruthchild has made seven trips to Belarus to visit surviving relatives and conduct family research. Ruthchild will discuss these trips and key aspects of what she learned about doing family research. She will also provide pointers for those planning to travel to Belarus and a brief overview of her experiences visiting and working in the archives. Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild is Professor Emerita of Graduate Studies at…

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October 2014

Tammy Hepps – Ten Things I Learned about My Family from My Couch

October 26, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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New to genealogy and short on time?  You can make amazing discoveries using online resources!  These true research examples, all taken from Jewish immigrant families, demonstrate the breadth of materials available, especially Jewish-focused web sites, and suggest next steps for when you have time to go deeper.  A number of Jewish-specific research techniques will be discussed to help you overcome the unique challenges of our ancestry. The handout for the talk can be found here. Tammy A. Hepps is the…

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November 2014

New: Research Sundays

November 9, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps. Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions. For JGSGB members only. During months when the JGSGB is not holding its regular meetings at Temple Emanuel, where our extensive collection of books and maps is stored, we will offer special, member-only sessions called Research Sundays. Not only will our full collection of research materials be available, but experienced researchers will be on hand to help members with their research questions.…

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December 2014

Sharon Pucker Rivo – Jews in Focus: Film Clips from Eastern and Central Europe between the Wars

December 14, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Join Sharon Pucker Rivo, Executive Director of The National Center for Jewish Film, for a peek into the archive vaults. Attendees will view clips of rare films from the Center’s collections that document the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish life in Eastern and Central Europe between the Wars.   Sharon Pucker Rivo, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The National Center for Jewish Film, has been a leading force in the field of Jewish film and culture for more than three…

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Spotlight Talk (follows main lecture on 12/14): Leora Tec – I’m Not Polish: My Discovery of Identity

December 14, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Speaker: Leora Tec Join JGSGB member Leora Tec as she presents the story of the serendipitous journey to her own Polish identity. As the founder and director of Bridge To Poland (BTP), Leora Tec creates immersive intellectual and cultural experiences in Poland that examine the history of the Jews in Poland and how Christian Poles today are commemorating that history. Leora holds a BA from Wellesley College and a JD/LLM from Duke University School of Law. In addition to her…

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January 2015

Research Sunday

January 25, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Join us for our 2nd Research Sunday, following our highly successful initial session in November. At Research Sundays, you have the opportunity to consult with experienced researchers to help you with your research questions and time to examine our extensive collection of reference books and maps. At this session, we are introducing a new service - translations of documents. We will provide skilled translators in different languages at each Research Sunday. At this session, we will have translation services available…

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February 2015

Plucking Stories from the Family Tree and Scrivener Software, a Tool for Writing Your Family History

February 22, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Plucking Stories from the Family Tree Speaker: Suzette Martinez Standring Stories of adventure, courage, or quirkiness make ancestors come alive, and help us to understand much about ourselves. A one-page written snapshot preserves a milestone, or experiences from a different era, or details of a special person as a lasting treasure. Such a written remembrance to family and friends can be a unique gift.  Suzette Martinez Standring will illustrate how we can create stories that linger on the minds of…

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March 2015

Research Sunday

March 29, 2015 @ 2:00 am - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Join us for our 3rd Research Sunday, following our highly successful initial sessions in November and January. At Research Sundays, you have the opportunity to consult with experienced researchers to help you with your research questions and help you look for specific documents. You could also sit with a strategist to help you decide next steps and/or help you break down a brick wall. You can also spend time examining our extensive collection of reference books and maps. We will…

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April 2015

Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Jewish Genealogy’s Other Side: Sephardic Research

April 12, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Schelly Talalay Dardashti will introduce the growing field of Sephardic research, surveying websites, discussion groups, books, journals, conferences, archives and libraries, ongoing research projects, researchers, and DNA projects. She will include information on the Sephardic presence in Eastern Europe, a topic that has not been explored widely by researchers.   Pioneer Jewish genealogy columnist (Jerusalem Post, "It's All Relative," 1999-2005) and blogger ("Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog," since 2006)  Schelly Talalay Dardashti is the US Genealogy Advisor for…

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Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Belarus Research and My Sephardic Roots

April 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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In her second talk, Schelly Talalay Dardashti will cover the resources available for searching for family from Belarus. She will overview key historical events and their impact on the Jewish community. Finally she will discuss Mogilev and its Jews, presenting family trees, family archival records, and photos that focus on the Sephardic connection in Mogilev.   Pioneer Jewish genealogy columnist (Jerusalem Post, “It’s All Relative,” 1999-2005) and blogger (“Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog,” since 2006)  Schelly Talalay Dardashti…

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October 2015

Research Sunday

October 25, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Our first of three Research Sundays for the 2015-2016 season is fast approaching. We hope you’ll take advantage of this day and make a reservation to get some help. See below for the choices. Please be aware that the number of experts we'll have on hand is dependent on the number of reservations that are made in advance…so don’t wait…make a date!! If you can’t make it for this one, the others will be on January 31, 2016 and April…

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December 2015

Karen Franklin and William Weitzer – German Jewish Research: New Strategies and New Opportunities

December 13, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Click here for recent WBUR interview with Arther Obermayer. Karen Franklin will show us how to “get into the archives” to find our German-Jewish ancestors.  She will explore how to mine the archives for family collections, correspondence and interviews, and will demonstrate research techniques with case studies.  She will also describe the extraordinary Obermayer German Jewish History Awards, established by Arthur Obermayer, a long-time member of our Society and a leader of the American Jewish Historical Society. These awards are…

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January 2016

Meredith Hoffman – Getting the Most Out of JewishGen.org

January 10, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Many people use one or two features of JewishGen.org and are not aware of the variety of additional resources and how best to use them. JewishGen is a vast and growing treasure trove for researchers at all levels of experience.  Meredith Hoffman will survey a selection of these valuable and often overlooked resources with abundant real-life examples in the first part of her presentation. In the second part, she will demonstrate tools to determine how personal names varied across countries…

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February 2016

Research Sunday

February 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Reservations for expert help are now closed, but you can still examine our extensive research collection on your own or with the guidance of our librarians.  The next Research Sunday will be on April 10, 2016. Sign-ups will be a month before the date. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 20-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various…

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Bernard P. Fishman and Dr. George L. Mutter – Historic 3-D Photographs of Jewish Communities in Europe and the Ottoman Empire Before WWI

February 28, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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We will be treated to a virtual tour of the vanished Jewish world before the mass migrations of the early 20th century, as seen through never-before-shown historic stereo photographs more than a century old. These images, taken between 1860 and 1915, will be shown in actual 3-D as they were originally meant to be seen. A Jewish universe of diversity and tradition will be revealed in its complexities and contradictions, spanning the cities of Western Europe, the shtetls of Eastern…

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March 2016

Joseph Lovett – Children of the Inquisition: Discovering Their Jewish Roots

March 20, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Children of the Inquisition, a documentary in the making, follows descendants of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions on their quest to determine and embrace their Sephardic Jewish roots. Many whose families fled the Inquisition 500 years ago were raised as traditional Jews, while others, whose ancestors were forced to convert, are just discovering their Jewish roots. Director Joseph Lovett will show film clips from this work-in-progress and present a fascinating re-evaluation of history and identity, exploring what happened to these…

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April 2016

Janette Silverman – Two Talks: Ukrainian Research and Online Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

April 3, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Our speaker will make two presentations - a lecture on Ukrainian research, followed by a shorter spotlight talk about online Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Finding records about our Ukrainian ancestors presents special challenges and obstacles, including the recent political situation in Ukraine. Janette Silverman will draw on her travels to Ukraine, research in several Ukrainian archives, and experience with other Ukrainian resources to show us how to navigate this difficult terrain. She will also present several ways of doing Ukrainian…

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Research Sunday

April 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Reservations for expert help are now closed, but you can still examine our extensive research collection on your own or with the guidance of our librarians. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 20-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing…

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May 2016

Andrew Zalewski – Galician Portraits: Jews, Gentiles and Emperors

May 15, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Austrian Galicia (1772–1918) once spanned parts of today’s Poland and Ukraine. Andrew Zalewski’s story covers centuries of Jewish history in the region, before and after Galicia existed. Large cities, small towns, and tiny farming villages are the tale’s backdrop. In them, people from a variety of ethnic groups lived alongside a large community of Israelites. Dr. Zalewski illustrates his talk with archival pictures of Galicia, genealogical findings, and old maps of Galicia. Dr. Andrew Zalewski is a cardiologist who has…

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October 2016

Beginners Workshop in Jewish Genealogy

October 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Workshop handouts: Naturalization Military Immigration Census Information Carol Clingan 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. They will describe in detail the sources and records that are most helpful to beginners and present a case study demonstrating a successful search. Their core message is that you CAN research your family tree and will be off to a great…

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Nolan Altman – The Genealogical Value of Jewish Burial Records

October 16, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States

Jewish headstone inscriptions and burial records can provide crucial information to family historians. Hebrew name inscriptions that are based on patronymics can link together two generations of Hebrew names unlike any other source document. This can be especially helpful when trying to connect first generation American ancestors with their European families. Using photographs and case studies, Nolan Altman will explain the symbols and details found on headstones and describe how this information can provide important data and context for your family research. He…

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Research Sunday

October 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Reservations for expert help are now closed, but you can still examine our extensive research collection on your own or with the guidance of our librarians. Research Sundays for 2016-17 will be held on October 30, January 29, and April 30. Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 20-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute…

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November 2016

Harold Rhode – A Litvak Traces his Roots to Sicily and Ancient Israel Using Y-DNA

November 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Main Lecture: Forty-five years of painstaking research allowed Harold Rhode to trace his family back 2,000 years to the ancient land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael.   Rhode relied on Y-DNA analysis, documentary evidence, interviews, and family lore to discover ancestral homes in Lithuania and Sicily. He turned up a DNA connection to Maronite Christians in Lebanon, who have family traditions indicating ancient Jewish ancestry, that makes a plausible case for his family’s Jewish origins in ancient Israel. Spotlight Talk: Adventures in…

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January 2017

Two Talks: Sharon Zane – The Art of Taking an Oral History and Fay Bussgang – How I Put Together a Memoir

January 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Oral histories can be a powerful tool for genealogists. This talk will present techniques of taking a good oral history: what to do and what not do, interviewing tips, how to handle sound equipment, the types of recording equipment available and how to handle them. Case studies drawn from the speaker’s own research will demonstrate how information, casual remarks, and other clues gathered in oral history interviews can lead to exciting, life-changing discoveries. Sharon Zane has been an oral historian…

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February 2017

ChaeRan Freeze – Everyday Jewish Life in Tsarist Russia

February 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Brandeis professor and author, ChaeRan Freeze will talk about the subject of her latest book, Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia. This book makes accessible—for the first time in English—declassified archival documents from the former Soviet Union, rabbinic sources, as well as previously untranslated memoirs. They provide a new perspective on the history of the Jews of Russia from the beginning of the nineteenth century to World War I. These sources focus on religion, family, health, sexuality, work, and politics,…

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March 2017

Glenn Kurtz – Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

March 26, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Traveling in Europe shortly before World War II, the speaker’s grandfather captured three minutes of ordinary life in the small, predominantly Jewish town of Nasielsk. These few minutes of home movies have become a memorial to an entire community and culture annihilated in the Holocaust. Glenn Kurtz will show his grandfather’s film and present his own four-year search to locate survivors worldwide and reconstruct his grandfather’s town. Glenn Kurtz described his journey in Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost…

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Shai Carmi – The Genetic Ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews

March 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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What can we learn from genetics about the origins of Ashkenazi Jews?  Where did we come from?  Are we all related?  What has been discovered about our founding population?  Can DNA analysis tell which people are Ashkenazi Jews?  Why is it so hard to find our relatives using DNA?  What are the medical consequences?  Shai Carmi will share answers, uncertainties and myths relating to these and other questions. Dr. Shai Carmi is on the Faculty of Medicine at The Hebrew…

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April 2017

Megan Lewis – Holocaust Research: Online Resources at the U.S. Holocaust Museum

April 23, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Megan Lewis of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will present the museum’s genealogical resources and how to access this information, much of which is online. The collections include original source material from the personal collections of Holocaust survivors and victims including letters and official documents such as passports and diplomas; an extensive photograph archive; and oral histories. A database with names and data of Holocaust victims and survivors is also searchable online. Megan Lewis is a well-known reference librarian at the…

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June 2017

Family History Books and Heirlooms Fair

June 11, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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You are invited to participate in our 2nd annual Family History Books and Heirlooms Fair at our monthly program on June 11th at Temple Emanuel. Please bring: Family history books, booklets and scrapbooks you’ve created to be viewed by and to inspire your fellow genealogists! Family heirlooms that have connected you to your ancestors, along with explanatory captions. On June 11th: Drop off your items between 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, and reclaim them from 4 - 5 pm The…

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Judy Baston – Researching Your Lithuanian Roots

June 11, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Presented in Partnership with the Vilna Shul Annual Meeting and Elections Will Precede Lecture Did your ancestors come from Lithuania?  Do you want to know more about your Litvak heritage?  Judy Baston will present an overview of the LitvakSIG website and related resources, including the All Lithuania Database (with its 1.5 million translated records), district research groups, JewishGen and Yad Vashem.  Learn how to determine what records are available, how best to access the information, and how to optimize searches…

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October 2017

Beginner’s Workshop on Jewish Genealogy

October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 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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Two-part Program by Mary Roddy: FamilyBrowse: Another Way to Use FamilySearch.org and A Nose for News

October 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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FamilyBrowse: Another Way to Use FamilySearch.org FamilySearch.org has millions of images on its website. Many are unindexed and not searchable.  If you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalizations,  deeds, wills and more. Learn how to find these types of records. Family Browse Handout 4 pages Family Browse Handout 12 pages A Nose for News Newspapers are a rich source for getting beyond dates and places. This presentation…

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Research Sunday

October 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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November 2017

Two-part Program by Shellee Morehead: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy and Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Test

November 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Introduction to Genetic Genealogy See what DNA tests are available, the pros and cons of DNA testing and which test might be right for you. Genetic genealogy tests are compared, including examples of the results received, and the tools that are available at the company websites for the analysis of those results. The pros and cons of each company's test are described, and some third party websites for DNA analysis are demonstrated. Making the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Test Already…

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January 2018

Research Sunday

January 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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Two-part Program: Michael Marx – Beyond Search: More Google Tools for Genealogy and Spotlight Talk: The Jewish-Cape Verde Connection: From the Inquisition to the Present

January 21 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Google is today’s most widely used search engine and a primary resource for genealogists. However, getting the most out of Google calls for using tools beyond the familiar Google web search. Michael Marx will demonstrate how many other free Google tools can be invaluable resources for doing your genealogy research. Michael Marx has been researching his German roots since 2001 and can now trace his ancestors back to the mid-1600s. He has been a frequent presenter at international and regional genealogy…

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February 2018

Two-part Program: Daniel Horowitz – Plan Your Roots Trip to Eastern Europe and Panel – What to Expect from the 2018 Jewish Genealogy Conference in Warsaw

February 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Learn all the tips and tricks for planning and executing your genealogy trip to Eastern Europe from the initial idea to the practical details of arranging hotels, communication and transportation.  Prepare for the places you’ll want to visit including cemeteries, archives and other repositories. Take advantage of the experience our speaker has gained on his own roots trips to Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania and beyond. Are you thinking about traveling to Warsaw for this year’s International Conference on Jewish…

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March 2018

Alan Shuchat – Life Under the Tsars: Registration, Residence and Exit Routes

March 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Records from the Russian Empire show that people were often registered as citizens of one town but lived in another. What was the system of registration and residence permits under the tsars and later in the Soviet Union?  How were people divided into social estates?  How did our ancestors obtain steamship tickets and travel from their shtetls to the steamship ports?  How can these records and historical knowledge help us trace our families before they emigrated?   Alan Shuchat is…

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April 2018

Research Sunday

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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June 2018

Year-end Program on Ellis Island Features Reenactment and Two Talks by Joel Weintraub

June 10 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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At its program year end, JGSGB is putting on a special two-part program unlike anything we’ve ever done before: a reenactment of the immigrant experience of our ancestors! The event will take the viewer from getting tickets to filling out paperwork to boarding a steamship and then pick up at Ellis Island with the various hurdles an immigrant had to overcome to be admitted to America. What Really Happened at Ellis Island? Did your ancestors come through Ellis Island?  Does…

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October 2018

Renee Steinig – Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know

October 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Are you confused by documents saying your ancestors were from Austria?  It’s likely they came from Galicia, which was in the Austrian Empire before World War I and now is split between parts of Poland and Ukraine.  This talk is geared to those new to Galicia research and covers: Changing borders Marriage and naming traditions Identifying and locating ancestral towns Record keeping in Galicia Sources for Galicia research Renee Stern Steinig is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and…

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Research Sunday
Registration Deadline 10/18

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Research Sundays are an opportunity to: Consult experienced researchers for help with your research questions in 30-minute scheduled appointments Work with a strategist to plan your next steps Get translation help with documents written in various foreign languages in 20-minute scheduled appointments Learn how to read your DNA results or decide if DNA testing is for you Examine our extensive research collection of books and maps on your own or with the guidance of our librarians This event is for…

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