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December 2014

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

December 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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…

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January 2015

Adam Brown – Collaborative Genealogy: How It is Changing Everything We Know About Building Family Trees

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 discussion includes JGSGB Board Members Meredith Hoffman and Jay Sage Adam Brown will describe the ways in which Internet sites and social networking have already begun to bridge the gap between the collaborative trees, the family-specific trees, and the large records and DNA databases hosted by organizations such as JewishGen. By taking advantage of these exciting new developments over the next five years, the opportunity for making breakthroughs in building our family trees will increase exponentially. Adam Brown, a…

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February 2015

Sheila Green and Beverly Olsberg – Planning Your Family Reunion

February 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA United States
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If you are planning a family reunion or even just thinking about the possibility of having a family reunion, you’ll want to attend this workshop in which Beverley Olsberg and Sheila Green share what they learned when they each planned their successful family reunions. Beverley will transport you to Zambia, her birthplace and the site of her family reunion. Whereas Sheila’s reunion in her birthplace of Chicago is far less exotic, many of the processes and learnings were similar though…

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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
Cong. Beth El-Atereth Israel,
561 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA United States
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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 ins and outs…

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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
Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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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 the Family Tree Guidebook…

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Schelly Talalay Dardashti – Belarus Research and My Sephardic Roots

April 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Temple Emanuel,
385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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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 the Family Tree Guidebook…

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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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Jews in “the land of the Litvaks” lived alongside their  non-Jewish neighbors for nearly seven centuries before the Holocaust. Ellen Cassedy, author of the award-winning We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, explores a rich cultural history, including the social structure of a multi-cultural world, the daily lives of women and men in villages, towns, and cities, and the dreams, aspirations, and challenges faced by our ancestors. Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust…

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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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In this fun and informative talk, Ava (Sherlock) Cohn, the Jewish genealogy sleuth, will explore how and why it is important to find the clues our ancestors left us in their photographic portraits. The program leads off with a definition of photo genealogy and explodes common myths about dating Jewish photos. Participants will learn what clues an expert looks for, how to organize your approach to dating and interpreting photos and how to match photo information with vital records. Sherlock…

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