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October 2016

Beginners Workshop in Jewish Genealogy

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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  Carol Clingan Experienced researchers Carol Clingan and Debra Lerner will present a practical workshop showing how new researchers can start their Jewish family research. The workshop will include major records and repositories, and the principal sources of online records. You will leave this workshop eager to get started on your own family tree and knowing where to begin. Debra Lerner The fee for the Beginners Workshop is $10 for members and …

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$18

Buffet Lunch

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Following the Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy, we will provide an optional buffet lunch at 12 noon for $18.  Advance reservations are required and must be purchased online by noon on October 9.  Lunch cannot be purchased at the event. Lunch will be a dairy buffet with a selection of sandwiches, quiche, pipettes, salad, dessert and drinks, prepared by a kosher caterer.  Temple Emanuel does not allow individuals to bring in food from outside the building. Lunch will be followed…

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Nolan Altman – The Genealogical Value of Jewish Burial Records

October 16 @ 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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$15

Workshop on Polish Records Research with Stanley Diamond

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location TBA Newton,
MA United States

Location: TBA (in Newton) Registration is closed for the Workshop on Polish Records Research since the 30 available places have been filled.  However, we will accept applications for a WAITING LIST.  If you are interested in placing your name on the Waiting List, fill out the form below.  We will get back to you by October 13th. This is a rare opportunity to get deep inside the workings of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland (JRI-Poland), an award winning international project to create an…

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Research Sunday

October 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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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 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…

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November 2016

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

November 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Forty-five years of painstaking research allowed Harold Rhode to trace his family back 2,000 years to 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 Baghdad 2003: Discovering Sadam Hussein’s Iraqi Jewish…

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

November 20 @ 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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December 2016

Eric Silverman – Jewish Dress Over the Ages – A Cultural History

December 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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Program details coming soon. Download or print out our Year at a Glance Calendar. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings Pre-lecture: 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Poland and Ukraine SIGs Post-lecture (approx. 3:30 pm) Belarus and Litvak-Baltic SIGs

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January 2017

Sharon Zane – The Art of Taking a Good Oral History

January 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 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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Research Sunday

January 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 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 Life in Imperial Russia

February 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Noted Brandeis professor, ChaeRan Freeze, author of Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia, talks about her latest book, which searches Russian archives to document daily life as a site of interaction with modernity where Jews confronted the unfamiliar, and negotiated their environment in strategic and creative ways.   Copies of her books will be available for sale. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Download or print out our Year at a Glance Calendar. Special…

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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 - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Traveling in Europe in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, the speaker’s grandfather captured three minutes of ordinary life in a small, predominantly Jewish town in Poland. Over seventy years later, these few minutes of home movie footage would become a memorial to an entire community - an entire culture - annihilated in the Holocaust. Glenn Kurtz, will show his grandfather’s film and present his own four-year journey to identify the people in the film…

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April 2017

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

April 23, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 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, 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 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, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
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, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
at Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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With translations of more than 1.5 million Lithuanian Jewish records, LitvakSIG's publicly searchable All Lithuania Database provides the primary foundation for Litvak genealogical research. Judy Baston will present an overview of the LitvakSIG website, database and research groups, as well as various other resources from JewishGen, Yad Vashem and other sources. She  will include how to determine what records are available, how best to access the information in them and how to optimize, read and understand search results. You will learn the best…

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