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Past Programs - 2012

The following programs and workshops were held in 2012; they are shown here so that you may view the range of activities of JGSGW.


 
January Sunday, January 8, 2012
Program:  
Writing the Family History: Creative Concepts for a Lasting Legacy
Location:  
Adas Israel, Washington, D.C.
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker:     Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG (click here for bio)
Many researchers and family historians can assemble charts, documents, photos, artifacts – but are not yet comfortable with writing the narrative family history. The personal stories of both ancestors and the present generation – i.e., what are we doing to leave a record of our lives for the future, as well as sharing stories from the past?

This presentation outlines 20 simple elements to consider, and engages the audience is some participation as well. It was generated after an article of Sandra's was published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly: "Writing the Family History: Creative Concepts for a Lasting Legacy" by Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG, who is a past winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest (Putting Family History into Context: A Special Issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly NGSQ vol. 88, December 2000.

Many who hear this presentation come up afterwards and say they have now lost their fears and are now inspired to go home and start writing down the stories! With the December talk showing how to produce a final book, this could then add the important dimension of unique, personal, and very meaningful content to such a project. It follows my grandmother’s adage that “you can eat an elephant if you cut it into small enough pieces”! This presentation demonstrates the “small pieces” that anyone can start to write.

This program will reflect a natural progression from the December program presented by Marlis Humphrey.

February Sunday, February 12, 2012
Program:  
Your Jewish Roots in Poland: JRI-Poland, the Records and More …
Location:  
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker:     Mark Halpern (click here for bio)
This presentation from Jewish Records Indexing-Poland www.jri-poland.org will cover Jewish records and research from the various parts of Poland – Congress Poland, Russian Pale of Settlement (Bialystok area), Austrian Galicia, and Prussian Poland records. The presentation will demonstrate what kind of information can be found in each sort of record and how to find out what records are available for one's town. Sample searches will show ways to utilize the JRI-Poland database in order to get the most out of your research.

Click here for a list of links to key Polish research sites.


March Sunday, March 11, 2012
Program:  
“The Jews of the Sudan”
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker:     Jeffrey Malka, M.D. (click here for bio)
Learn about the little-known history of the intrepid Jews who in the late nineteenth century settled in the uncharted lands at the junction of the Blue and White Niles, prospered, established the only B'nai B'rith lodge in the heart of Africa, and whose members later had an significant impacts on Israel and world Jewry in present times. Dr. Malka speaks on this subject with in-depth personal knowledge, as his grandfather Shlomo Malka was the Chief Rabbi of the Sudan from 1904 to 1949. Dr. Malka was born in the Sudan and lived there until he was 10, with several later visits up to 1956.
Workshop:

Beginner's Workshop

Time:

3:00 PM

This workshop will be led by JGSGW Past Presidents, Arline Sachs and Faith Klein.

After finding out what the people are doing or know now, we will talk briefly about writing down what you already know or think you know and then interviewing as these are the first steps. There will be a discussion about the handout.

Faith will lead the group to the Jack Klein Memorial Library and Faith will explain the genealogy materials there. Jack Klein was the second President of JGSGW.

Attendees will receive a copy of 7th edition of “Jump-Start Your Jewish Genealogy Research: A Beginner’s Guide.”

The workshop is open to JGSGW members only.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Email registration requests to


April Sunday, April 15, 2012
Program:  
“The Chosen Folks: Writing about the Jews of Texas”
Location:  
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker:     Dr. Bryan Edward Stone (click here for bio)

Dr. Stone’s talk will focus on the themes of his recent book, “The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas.” By addressing specific topics such as the transient sixteenth-century Sephardim who may have been the first Jews in the state, the establishment of permanent Jewish communities in Texas, and later immigrations such as the Galveston Movement, Stone explains the intricacies of Texas-Jewish identity. The ways that Texas Jews defined themselves in opposition to others with whom they shared their state — and in opposition to Jews elsewhere — provide insights into how Jews construct and maintain their distinctive identity in places where they are an extreme minority. As such, the historical insights of The Chosen Folks are relevant to Jewish communities across the United States.


May Sunday, May 6, 2012
Program:  
Finding Living People on the Internet
Location:  
Time:  
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker:     Ron Arons (click here for bio)
Why search for living people? You might find cousins you never knew before. You might find people who might know more about your family than can be found in genealogical documents. This talk provides scores of websites to find almost any living person whether you know their surname or not (yes, you read correctly). Ron will provide numerous real-life examples of how these websites can be used individually and together.

June

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Program:

Annual Meeting          Note: This meeting is for members only.
 Annual Luncheon and Membership Appreciation Meeting

Location

Potomac Community Center, Potomac, MD

Time: 12:30 PM - Luncheon    
 
1:00 PM - Program
  Speaker: Zack A. Wilske, "Bureau of Naturalization Records for Genealogists"

This presentation will use examples drawn from naturalization case and correspondence files to introduce researchers to the Bureau of Naturalization file series that is part of the records of INS now stored at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The records, which document the years 1906-1944, contain thousands of case correspondence files for aliens and citizens who had questions or concerns about nationality and citizenship. A newly available name index makes these previously under-utilized records accessible to Genealogists. The presentation focuses on Bureau of Naturalization file but will include examples of a wide array of early 20th century immigration and nationality records.

There were two handouts at this meeting: one for INS Subject & Policy Records, the other for the Name Index to Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files, 1906-1946. They have been combined into one PDF file - click here. Note that these are the description of the records, not the records themselves.

Zack Wilske is a historian with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). His research interests include the history of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the uses of INS records for genealogists and historians. He has presented regularly at the National Archives and several genealogy conferences, including the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Washington, DC in 2011. 


July Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Program:  
Tour of the "Attachments" Exhibit at the National Archives
Location:  
National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Time:  
10:30 AM
Curator/Guide: Bruce Bustard (bio)

JGSGW Members only. Advance registration required - send email to

A specially arranged guided tour of the new exhibit “Attachments: Faces and Stories from America's Gates” led by the Archives senior curator. “Attachments” tells the stories of 31 men, women, and children who found themselves at the gateways to America between 1880 and the end of World War II. Their stories are told through original documents and photographs that were “attached” to government forms, and draw from a few of the millions of immigration case files at the National Archives.

The exhibition explores both physical and emotional “attachments” -- the attachment of immigrants to family and community, and the attachment of Americans to their beliefs about immigrants and citizenship.


September Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 - TWO Lectures
Program: Finding Place of Birth in Federal Records
Location: 
National Archives, Washington, D.C.  Room G-25, use Penn. Ave. Entrance to Research Center
Time: 11:00 AM
Speaker: Susannah E. Brooks
 

Susannah E. Brooks explains where one might find place of birth in National Archives records, which is essential for additional research at the local and state level in the U.S. and abroad.

Susannah E. Brooks has been a volunteer genealogy staff aide at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC for 14 years and is the corresponding secretary of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS). She specializes in German, 19th and 20th C. general US research.

 
Program:  
Jewish and Holocaust-related Records at the National Archives
Location:  
National Archives, Washington, D.C.  Adams Room - use Constitution Ave. Special Events Entrance (to right of outside staircase, at ground level).
Time:  
1:00 PM
  Speaker: Miriam Kleiman, Public Affairs Specialist (click here for bio).


This program was arranged exclusively for JGSGW Members.

Miriam Kleiman will speak about Jewish and Holocaust-related records at the National Archives. She will discuss finding aids to these materials and efforts by the National Archives to make these records more widely available via microfilm and online. She will also provide a "walk through" of the National Archives Public Vaults permanent exhibition, highlighting records relating to the Jewish experience in America.


October Sunday, October 14, 2012   
WORKSHOP – Members only!  
"Ancestral Footprints in the UK" (A webinar)
Location:  
Time:  
11:00 AM
  Speaker: Mark Nicholls, Chairman, Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (bio)

Workshops are open to JGSGW members only. Non-members may join on the day of the workshop. NO advance registration is required.

The focus of this workshop will be to show the sorts of records that can be researched to trace people who came through the UK and who may have stayed there for a while and permanently. Mark will also cover the ports of entry, records of immigration (or rather the lack of them), places that people lived in, and general living conditions.

Mark Nicholls will give his presentation from his home in England and time will be provided for Q&A.

    NOTE: What is a webinar?
The term webinar is short for Web-based Seminar, a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web, specifically a
portmanteau of web & seminar, to describe a specific type of web conference.

  Bagels, yogurt, and beverages will be provided for those attending both the Webinar and the afternoon meetings.
Time: 
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and SIG Meetings
SIG meetings: Special Interest Group meetings

At 1 PM we will have our usual Schmooze, followed by a brief meeting conducted by President Jeff Malka.

When the meeting is over, we will break into the SIG Sessions. SIG Hosts will do a presentation on a project, new resource or other item of interest to the assembled group. At that point, the floor is open to Q&A. Questions that require research will be recorded and answers sent to members of the group. The session will last 45 minutes and then by voice vote, we will decide whether people want to continue with their current session OR switch to another group. We will do one or the other, but not both.

The SIG Sessions that are planned are as follows:
SIG Host
Suwalki-Lomza Harvey Kabaker & Michael Richman
Galicia Milt Goldsamt
Litvak Bill Yoffee
Beginners Harris Weinstein


November Sunday, November 11, 2012
Program: 
"My Trip Back to the Holocaust"
Location: 
Time: 
1:00 PM - Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Esther Safran Foer, Director, 6th and I Historic Synagogue (bio)

In 2009 Esther and her oldest son went to Ukraine to visit the shtetlach her parents came from. They wanted to walk the ground her ancestors had walked on. Esther wrote, "In fact, we found much more than we expected. Even 70 years after the Holocaust it is still possible to go back and find new information."


Workshop: 
Beginner's Workshop
Time:     

3:00 - 5:00 PM

This workshop will be led by Vera Finberg, JGSGW Librarian and Faith Klein, JGSGW Past President.

Jewish family history does not have to be a mystery. This workshop will explain how to organize the information you know, where to conduct searches and how to use Internet resources to get started doing Jewish genealogy.

Faith will lead the group on a tour of the Jack Klein Memorial Library and explain the genealogy materials there. Jack Klein was the second president of the JGSGW.

Class size is limited to 20. Participation is limited to members only. Advance registration is required at


December Sunday, December 9, 2012
  Special: The JGSGW Library (at B'nai Israel) will be open 10:00 am - noon.
   
Program: 
"Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli"
Location: 
Time:  
Noon - Schmooze
12:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Drawing: there will be a drawing for genealogy-related Chanukah presents.
  Speaker: Ted Merwin, Ph.D. (bio)
Ted Merwin presents an interactive, multimedia lecture on the changing place of the Jewish Deli in American life.

In New York, Baltimore, and other American cities, the delicatessen was the lifeblood and the linchpin of the Jewish community. The "soul food" and atmosphere it dished up became a quintessential part of American culture for Jews and non-Jews alike.  But as Jews moved into the suburban middle class, the deli lost its bite, giving way to other ethnic restaurants and cuisines. Can the deli be resurrected?

Merwin, an assistant professor of religion and Judaic studies at
Dickinson College, will show how the deli, which originated in Germany and Eastern Europe, developed in this country into a neighborhood institution on par with the synagogue. He will also discuss how the deli became an icon of both television shows and films about the Jewish experience, ranging from "When Harry Met Sally" to "The Larry David Sandwich" episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.



                          
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