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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.


Meeting Calendar for 2014-2015

 
2014: Nov. 16: B’nai Israel, Rockville date change
Dec. 7: Har Shalom, Potomac
2015: Jan. 25: B’nai Israel, Rockville
Feb. 8: Olam Tikvah, Potomac
Mar. 8: B’nai Israel, Rockville
Apr. 19: Beth El, Alexandria
May 17: Beth Ami, Potomac
June 7:
Potomac Community Center
 

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

 

November Sunday, November 16, 2014 
Location:  
Workshop: Beginner's Workshop
Time: 10:00 AM
 

The workshop will start with an intro to Jewish genealogy,  beginning with basic  guidelines and strategies. Then the participants will break into small groups with 4 different "experts" for  15 minute sessions  with each on DNA, online resources, local and national resources, and the holdings of the JGSGW library at B’nai Israel. Everyone will have a chance to ask questions.  All attendees will receive a copy of the JGSGW publication Jump-Start Your Jewish Genealogy Research: A Beginner’s Guide. 

The workshop is FREE to JGSGW members but is limited to 20 enrollees.  Nonmembers may join JGSGW in advance of the workshop (if space is available).  To register, please send an e-mail to

A light lunch will be available for workshop participants from 12:00 to 12:30 pm, between the workshop and the afternoon JGSGW meeting.
 

Program:   Two Programs:
  1. The Name Remains the Same: Adventures in Finding Sid Caesar’s Grandmother
  2. Researching the Man With Many Names
Time:  
12:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program (note start time)
  Speakers: Robin Meltzer (bio), Marlene Bishow (bio)
Robin: When Sid Caesar, the architect of television’s Golden Age, passed away in February 2014, hundreds of press reports repeated the myth that the family name had been “changed at Ellis Island” on their arrival from Austria. Of course, no one’s name was changed at Ellis Island (or Castle Garden). But careful research proved that the family’s surname remained unchanged from the time they lived in Galicia through their immigration to the United States. This presentation will explain the search techniques used to find the embarkation list and passenger manifest for Sid Caesar’s grandmother and great-uncle, and how attendees can apply these methodologies to their own research.

 

 


Marlene: For 42 years, Grandpa Jack was an important part of my life. While I loved and admired the man, it was not until more than a dozen years after his death that I uncovered more of his story. Using skills that I learned as a genealogist, I developed a fuller and richer understanding of this man of many names, whose life had a profound influence on me. In this presentation, I will tell his story with emphasis on the sources and resources that I used.

December Sunday, December 7, 2014
Program:  
Sharing your family stories with the next generation – Tips from a Jewish Storyteller
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Robert Rovinsky (bio)
The work of gathering and assembling family histories is not complete until the material is passed along to the next generation. In this talk, Storyteller Bob Rovinsky will share some of his work in transforming family narrative into compelling stories. When can we elaborate, leave out, or stick to the facts? How can we make the past meaningful to the present generation of listeners? Bob will illustrate his talk with stories from his and others families.

January Sunday, January 25, 2015
Program:  
TBD
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: TBD
   

February Sunday, February 8, 2015
Program:  
Canadian Jewish Genealogy
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Bruce J. Brown
   

March Sunday, March 8, 2015
Program:  
Spanish Ancestry
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Genie Milgrom
   

 


                          
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