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Non-members/Visitors are welcome to attend programs for a $5.00 fee. If a guest joins the Society the fee will be applied toward the membership dues. Programs generally start at 1:30 PM - see exact time for each meeting, below. Doors open a half-hour earlier. Meetings start with JGSGW business, introductions of new members, and then the guest speaker.

Workshops are open to JGSGW members only. Non-members may join on the day of the workshop unless advance registration is required.


Sunday, September 20: B'nai Israel, Rockville
Sunday, October 18: Congregation Olam Tikvah - Fairfax, VA
Sunday, November 8: B'nai Israel Congregation - Rockville, MD
Sunday, December 13: B'nai Israel Congregation - Rockville, MD
Sunday, January 10, 2016: B'nai Israel Congregation - Rockville, MD
Sunday, February 7, 2016: B'nai Israel Congregation - Rockville, MD
Sunday, March 6, 2016: B'nai Israel Congregation - Rockville, MD
Sunday, April 3. 2016: Beth El Hebrew Congregation - Alexandria, VA
Sunday, May 8, 2016: B'nai Israel Congregation - Rockville, MD
Monday, May 9, 2016: Library of Congress (tentative)
Sunday, June 5, 2016: Potomac Community Center - Potomac, MD

 

 Inclement weather policy: if the synagogue
 (or other venue) is closed, our meeting will not be held.

 

 
September Sunday, September 20, 2015
Location:  
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall
Workshop:   One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools (members only)
Time:     10:45 AM: Workshop registration and new member signup
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Workshop

This is a members-only workshop. No pre-registration required. Please arrive at 10:45 for check-in and seating – the workshop will begin promptly at 11:00. Those who are not JGSGW members and wish to join can do so during check-in, then attend the workshop and afternoon meeting and program.
 
  Speaker: Steve Morse  (click here for bio)
The One-Step website, www.stevemorse.org, began as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards, the site expanded to help with searching the 1930 census. It has continued to evolve, and today includes approximately 200 web-based tools, divided into 16 diverse categories. There are helpful tools for many aspects of genealogical searches, as well as astronomical calculations, and even last-minute bidding on e-bay. This presentation will describe the range of tools available and highlight the features of each one.
 
  12:30: Brown Bag Lunch
Bring your own dairy sandwich. JGSGW will provide beverages and dessert.
Program:  
Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman
Time:  
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker: Steve Morse

This lecture presents a case study illustrating how to transform minimal information into a detailed genealogy using One-Step Webpage tools and other websites.  The presentation also teaches how to find records in spite of name misspellings, and how to analyze evidence to avoid accepting wrong information.

 

 

 


October Sunday, October 18, 2015
Location:  
Program:  
History and Genealogy of the Jews of Rhodes and their Diaspora
Time:  
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Leon Taranto (click here for Bio)
 

The Mediterranean isle of Rhodes was home to vibrant Jewish communities from antiquity through the Holocaust. This lecture will review the development of the Romaniote community, the Judeo-Spanish community that flourished from the time of the Ottoman Turkish conquest, the Israel rabbinic dynasty, whose rabbis served as chief Rabbis and scholars throughout the eastern Mediterranean Basin (Israel, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Italy), and the colonies founded by Rhodeslis émigrés in the early 1900s in southern Africa and the Americas. The lecture will then describe the many genealogical sources available for researching Jewish Rhodes, including gravestones, burial records, pre-war Italian census records, synagogue plaques, ship manifests, Holocaust records, Hebrew books and manuscripts, marriage, tax, and Alliance Israélite Universelle records, the DNA project involving the Jews of Rhodes, the Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation, and social media, such as the Facebook page for the Children of the Jews of Rhodes.

   

November Sunday, November 8, 2015
Workshop: Assisted Research (members only)
Location: 
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Goldberg Youth Chapel
Time: 10:45 AM - Noon
  Have you hit a brick wall? Are you struggling with organizing your research? Pre-register to meet with one of our mavens on a one-on-one basis for up to one hour. To register, send an email to Provide your name and a description (up to 50 words) of your problem, question, or issues. Please do not send family trees or pictures, but feel free to bring those with you if they relate to your research quandary. Deadline for submission is October 25, 2015. Space is limited.

This is a members-only workshop. Pre-registration by October 25th is required as described above. Please arrive at 10:45 for check-in – the workshop will begin promptly at 11:00. Those who are not JGSGW members and wish to participate in the workshop must join before October 25th and submit the information about their question or problem, as described above by the submission deadline. Dues may be paid on line at the JGSGW website, or by check; instructions at:
http://www.jgsgw.org/membership.html
  12:30 - Brown Bag Lunch
Bring your own dairy sandwich. JGSGW will provide beverages and dessert.
Program: 
Cinema Judica: The War Years
Location: 
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Goldberg Youth Chapel
Time: 
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker: Ken Sutak (click here for Bio)

“Cinema Judaica, The War Years, 1939-1949,” weaves together the rich history of Jewish-American films and filmmakers during the period leading up to and during World War II. The narrative, posed alongside a striking visual collection of rare, museum-quality posters, trade ads and stills, tells the story of how Jewish movies, filmmakers, and movie studios influenced American cultural, political, and even military history of the period. “Cinema Judaica, The War Years,” a $20 value, will be available for purchase for $15 at the lecture. Ken Sutak will autograph purchased copies after the program.

 

 

 

December Sunday, December 13, 2015
Location:  
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall
Workshop:   The Ellis Island Experience (members only)
Time:   10:45 AM - Noon
  Leader: Barry Nove (click here for bio)

Author and JGSGW member Barry Nove has researched the stories of his family's immigration to America through Ellis Island. He will share the story of that immigration experience, based on what he's documented and learned of the history; providing insight into what arriving at Ellis Island was like in the early 20th Century.

The event will culminate in a book signing of The Ellis Island Experience ($10).

12:30: Brown Bag Lunch
Bring your own dairy sandwich. JGSGW will provide beverages and dessert.

Program:  
U.S. Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1930's: Sources and Strategies for Challenging Cases
Time:  
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: John Colletta, Ph.D.
 

This lecture summarizes the sources for finding the arrival record of a 19th- or 20th-century immigrant to America. It then elaborates on alternative sources and methods for overcoming particularly challenging issues that hinder success, such as variant spellings of names, conflicting arrival dates, confusion of ship names, various ports of departure and arrival, and missing passenger manifests. The event will culminate in a book signing of “They Came in Ships” ($15); By advance reservation, copies of the following books will be available: “Finding Italian Roots” ($19), “Only a Few Bones” ($30).


January Sunday, January 10, 2016
Location: 
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Goodman Hall
Workshop: Beginner's Workshop (members only)
Time: 10:00 AM - Noon
  Jewish family history does not have to be a mystery. We and our ancestors all leave a paper trail that can unravel the story of our families for many generations, across the ocean and into the smallest of shtetls.
Join us for our Beginner's Workshop.
Send registration request to

  • A great start for the novice...
  • Even if you have been a member of JGSGW for a while, a great way to get back to the basics...

This will be a 2 hour session jam-packed with resources, helpful hints and motivation.

Workshop: DNA Consultations (members only)
Time: 10:00 AM - Noon
  Leader: Bennett Greenspan
Program:
TBA
Location: 
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Goodman Hall
Time:
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Bennett Greenspan
   

February Sunday, February 7, 2016
Program:
TBA
Location: 
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Goldberg Youth Chapel
Time:
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: TBA
   

March Sunday, March 6, 2016
Location:
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Gudelsky Hall
Program:
Back to Basics: JewishGen
Time:
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speakers: Randy Fishbein and Nolan Altman
   

April Sunday, April 3, 2016
Location:
Workshop: Beginner's Workshop
Time: TBA
  Jewish family history does not have to be a mystery. We and our ancestors all leave a paper trail that can unravel the story of our families for many generations, across the ocean and into the smallest of shtetls.
Join us for our Beginner's Workshop.
Send registration request to

  • A great start for the novice...
  • Even if you have been a member of JGSGW for a while, a great way to get back to the basics...

This session will be jam-packed with resources, helpful hints and motivation.

   
Program:  
TBA
Time:  
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: TBA
   

May Sunday, May 8, 2016
Location:  
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall 
Program:  
Presentation on Ukraine SIG
Time:  
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Janette Silverman

June Sunday, June 5, 2016
Location:  
Program:  
Member Appreciation Luncheon (members only, no guests)
Time:  
Noon - Schmooze & Luncheon
  Speaker: TBA


                          
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