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January 2017

Research Sunday

January 29 @ 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 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 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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February 2017

ChaeRan Freeze – Everyday Jewish Life in Tsarist Russia

February 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
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

JGSGB Course at Hebrew College – Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Learn How to Research Your Jewish Ancestry March 1 - April 26, 2017, 8 Wednesdays, 7 to 9:00 or 9:30 pm (excludes April 12) Held at Hebrew College in Newton Enrollment limited to 24 students. Tuition $250. Registration opens December 2016. "Terrific course. Lots of great info useful to all levels of researchers... All the lecturers were well-prepared, engaging and stimulating... I loved having the slides and handouts in advance." (Student Evaluations) Course Contents: Basic Research Strategies &  Skills Online Tools & Resources Jewish…

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

March 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
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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April 2017

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

April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Program details coming soon. Megan Lewis has worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 1998, where she is currently a reference librarian. She has spoken to many genealogy groups over the years about the Museum's rich resources. Megan has a BA in History and a Masters in Library Science. She is currently doing post-graduate work in digital curation. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Download or print out our Year at a…

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Research Sunday

April 30 @ 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 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 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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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 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
at Cong. Beth El, 561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Program details coming soon. Genie Milgrom was able to successfully trace her Catholic family in an unbroken maternal lineage going back to the Pre-Inquisition Jews of Portugal and Spain. She is the Immediate Past President of the JGS of Greater Miami, as well as President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies at Colorado State University and an internationally acclaimed speaker. Her books, My 15 Grandmothers, as well as, How I Found My 15 Grandmothers have won in the 2015…

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June 2017

Judy Baston – Researching Your Lithuanian Roots

June 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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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 and understand the results. Judy Baston has served in leadership positions in LitvakSIG, BelarusSIG…

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