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Sunday June 28, 2015
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday June 28, 2015 at 1:30PM at the Pikesville Library (1301 Reisterstown Road) to hear David Brill present "Letters from a Judean."

In February 1918, an eighteen-year old American Jew named William Z. Porter left his home in Philadelphia to join the 39th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers – the Jewish Legion. Over the next several years, as he moved with the 39th from Windsor, Canada, to England, Egypt and pre-Mandatory Palestine, William corresponded extensively with Brill's maternal grandmother. Nearly one hundred years later, these collected letters, postcards, photographs and souvenirs form a remarkable record of a young man’s experience fighting with the “Judeans.” They also cast a fascinating light on subjects ranging from relations between Jewish and non-Jewish soldiers, to the vibrant Zionist youth culture of Philadelphia, to ordinary soldiers’ impressions of the Zionist leaders of the day. Brill's grandmother kept these documents her entire life because she recognized their historic significance. In this presentation Mr Brill describes the collection in detail, and also discusses how he used JewishGen’s resources to find William’s descendants.
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JGS Maryland has been reconstituted!
JGSMD had its initial meeting on Sunday August 18, 2013 to see if there was interest in the group's reconstituting. The turnout was overwhelming, with 31 people attending with only a few days' notice. Look forward to new programming over the next year!
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