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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, May 15, 2016: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Monday, May 16, 2016: Library of Congress
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.


May Sunday, May 15, 2016
B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall 
Exploring Ukraine Research and the Ukraine SIG
1:00 PM - Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM - Short Business Meeting, Announcements, and Program
Speaker: Janette Silverman, Ph.D. (click here for bio)

Learn how UkraineSIG assists researchers in overcoming the challenges of research in the Ukraine and Ukrainian archives. We will explore the resources of UkraineSIG, keys to interpreting notes on its webpages, talk about current projects, and provide insights to discovering your family history.

BONUS UPDATE on the Seattle 2016 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

May 16 Monday, May 16, 2016    Free and open to the public

The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress, and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, in celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month present a lecture by Dr. Janette Silverman.

Library of Congress, The African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room
LJ220, Thomas Jefferson Building (second Floor), 10 First Street, SE
Metro: Capital South

“The Blumenthals of the Upper-Lower Peninsula of Michigan”
12 Noon - 1:00 PM     Note: allow time to clear security.

Speaker: Janette Silverman, Ph.D. (click here for bio)

In 1882 the first of three Blumenthal brothers left the Duchy of Courland, today part of western Latvia, bound for the United States. Within just a few years, all three brothers, Sam, Philip and Barney, were living in Michigan and traveling as peddlers. Ultimately they all settled in West Branch, Michigan and opened the first dry goods store. By 1895, brother Sam had moved, with his wife to Standish, in Arenac County. There Sam established another dry goods store. Sam and his family moved to the Detroit area by 1920 and within a generation, his descendants no longer had contact with the Blumenthals of West Branch and Standish. Within two generations, his grandchildren did not know that the family had ever been in West Branch. We will explore the history of the family and the resources used to reconnect the Blumenthals of Detroit with those who remained in Standish and West Branch.


June Sunday, June 5, 2016
Member Appreciation Luncheon (members only, no guests)
11:45 - Schmooze & Luncheon
Program, Part One: Kreplach & Dim Sum: Yes, There are Jews in China

Speaker: Cantor Robin Helzner (bio)

In this lively multimedia presentation, renowned vocalist and storyteller Robyn Helzner shares stories, photos, video, and music to explore the extraordinary history of the Jewish communities in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Kaifeng, and traces their emergence as the fastest growing Jewish region in the world today. Robyn served as the Cantor for the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong and officiated at the first bar Mitzvah celebrated in Beijing, China.

  Program, Part Two: Up a Tree: The Genealogy Game Show
All attendees are welcome to participate in Up a Tree: The Genealogy Game Show. Two teams will compete to see which can guess the most popular answer to a variety of interesting genealogy questions. There will be prizes!


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