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October 2014

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

October 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Speaker: Tammy Hepps 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.…

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November 2014

Annual Lecture: The Genetic History of the Jewish People

November 2 @ 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. Speaker: Dr. Harry Ostrer 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.…

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New: Research Sundays

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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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Ron Arons – What’s in a Name? Trouble! and Nifty Technologies for Genealogical Research Analysis

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA United States
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Speaker: Ron Arons What’s in a Name? Trouble! 11:00am – 12:30pm 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…

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December 2014

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

December 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Speaker: Sharon Pucker Rivo 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 decades through her work as a curator, programmer, archivist, film distributor, film and television producer, and academic. Established in 1976, The National Center for Jewish Film is a unique, independent, nonprofit film archive, distributor, and exhibitor, located on the campus of Brandeis University. Under Rivo’s…

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January 2015

Adam Brown – “The Promise of Collaborative Genealogy: Will It Deliver?”

January 11, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA United States
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Panel includes Meredith Hoffman and Jay Sage Spotlight Talk* Speaker: Michael Marx about discovering his roots on a trip to Germany *Spotlight talk is a short talk that follows the main lecture Research Help 12:30 pm – come early to join the following discussion groups: Ask the Experts – for help with U.S. research Bessarabia Special Interest Group Litvak-Baltic Special Interest Group (covers Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia) Poland Special Interest Group 3:30 pm – meet with the new Belarus Special…

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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
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. Also, a written remembrance to family and friends can be a unique gift. A one-page written snapshot preserves a milestone, or experiences from a different era, or details of a special person as a lasting treasure. Where to start? Syndicated columnist Suzette Martinez Standring will share how to create stories that linger…

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March 2015

Allan Jordan – Finding Family History in Probate Records

March 15, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Speaker: Allan Jordan 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…

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April 2015

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

April 12, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Speaker: Schelly Talalay Dardashti Journalist Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a genealogist, international speaker and instructor. She is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com, and editor and contributor to the MyHeritage blog. Her noted articles have appeared in Avotaynu, NGS Quarterly, The Forward, Hadassah, JTA, and other media. The former Jerusalem Post genealogy columnist (“It’s All Relative,” 1999-2005) is an award-winning pioneer Jewish genealogy blogger (Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog; since 2006), and contributed the Jewish genealogy chapter to…

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Buffet Lunch

April 12, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Optional between morning and afternoon talks

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Belarus Research and My Sephardic Roots

April 12, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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Speaker: Schelly Talalay Dardashti Journalist Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a genealogist, international speaker and instructor. She is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com, and editor and contributor to the MyHeritage blog. Her noted articles have appeared in Avotaynu, NGS Quarterly, The Forward, Hadassah, JTA, and other media. The former Jerusalem Post genealogy columnist (“It’s All Relative,” 1999-2005) is an award-winning pioneer Jewish genealogy blogger (Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog; since 2006), and contributed the Jewish genealogy chapter to…

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May 2015

Ellen Cassedy – Jewish Life in Lithuania Before the War

May 17, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA United States
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Speaker: Ellen Cassedy Research Help 12:30 pm – come early to join the following discussion groups: Ask the Experts – for help with U.S. research Bessarabia Special Interest Group Litvak-Baltic Special Interest Group (covers Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia) Poland Special Interest Group 3:30 pm – meet with the new Belarus Special Interest Group Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

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June 2015

Ava (Sherlock) Cohn – Clued-In: Case Studies from The Photo Genealogist & Annual Meeting

June 7, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Gann Academy,
333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452 United States
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Speaker: Ava (Sherlock) Cohn Annual Meeting Research Help 12:30 pm – come early to join the following discussion groups: Ask the Experts – for help with U.S. research Bessarabia Special Interest Group Litvak-Baltic Special Interest Group (covers Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia) Poland Special Interest Group 3:30 pm – meet with the new Belarus Special Interest Group Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

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