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Past Programs

Current Programs

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, November 13, 2016: B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Sunday, December 4, 2016:
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Sunday, January 8, 2017:
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017:
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD
Sunday, April 2. 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017: Temple Beth Ami, Rockville
Sunday, June 11, 2017: B'nai Israel


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


November Sunday, November 13, 2016
Program:  36th Anniversary Celebration
Location:  B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Gudelsky Hall
Time:  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Arthur Kurzweil (click here for Bio)

Genealogy as a Spiritual Pilgrimage

Arthur Kurzweil is known as America's foremost expert in Jewish genealogical research. You will be moved and amazed by his humorous, emotional, eye-opening presentation on how and why Jews of all ages can successfully climb their Jewish family trees. His groundbreaking book From Generation to Generation has inspired many to pursue the rewards and importance of Jewish genealogical research.

JGSGW will honor our Founder and First President, Sallyann Amdur Sack-Pikus.

Three course luncheon -Catering by Alan Weiss under the kosher supervision of the Star K and the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington.

JGSGW members $36; non-members/guests $50.

Preregistration is required by October 28. See form at http://jgsgw.org/Anniversary_Celebrate_36.html.

December Sunday, December 4, 2016
Location:   B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall
Workshop:   “Climbing Your Family Tree: A Beginners Workshop”
Time:   10:00 AM - Noon
  The workshop starts with an introduction to Jewish genealogy, beginning with basic guidelines and strategies. Participants will then have small group sessions with four different experts, covering DNA, online resources, local and national resources, and the holdings of the JGSGW library at B'nai Israel. Attendees will be given a copy of the JGSGW publication “Jump-Start Your Jewish Genealogy Research: A Beginner’s Guide.”

The workshop is open FREE to members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may join JGSGW in advance of the workshop and participate in the workshop if space is available. The workshop will be limited to 20 enrollees. Register by email to JGSGW.
Program:   "Children of the Inquisition," a documentary film in production
Time:   1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
  Speaker: Joseph Lowett, Producer
  JGSGW is pleased to have been invited to host a screening and discussion panels with already edited clips from “Children of the Inquisition,” a 2 hour documentary film, immersive website, and educational outreach project that unearths 500 years of hidden history. The project looks at what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants. Many of them are just discovering their often nuanced Jewish roots. Individual and family journeys blur the boundaries between the personal and historical in revealing the once masked identities that these Inquisitions forced from the ensuing diaspora. The discoveries of these flights to safety allow our characters access to a fuller understanding of how their lives were shaped by a perilous history.

This project has completed 6 years of shooting in 12 cities spanning 4 continents. Principal photography is complete and the producers are fundraising to finish the edit on the broadcast film. “ Children of the Inquisition” is more than just a film. It’s an opportunity to better understand our complex world and identities.



Sunday, January 8, 2017
Location:   B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall

"Get them to say YES: Contacting reluctant relatives, making cold calls, and how to use stories, photos, and DNA to enhance your family tree"

Time:   1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker: Mindie Kaplan (Click here for Bio)

The first thing most people think of when interviewing relatives is how many names, dates, or places that person can provide. I turn that idea on its head to get "reluctant" relatives and previously unknown relatives to get excited about being a part of YOUR family tree. This lecture provides a series of concrete techniques for reaching out to relatives, including those who are reluctant to meet with a stranger, and provides examples of research successes to inspire and encourage people to expand their research in new areas. I will be discussing how to locate previously unknown relatives and prepare for meetings that will get people to participate and even want to provide DNA samples. It will also discuss why genealogists should be interested in adding stories, photos, and DNA to their family trees.



Sunday, February 5, 2017
Location:   TBA



Sunday, March 5, 2017
Location:   B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall



Sunday, April 2, 2017



Sunday, May 7, 2017
Location:   Temple Beth Ami, Rockville



Sunday, June 11, 2017
Location:   B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall




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