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Current Officers and other members of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society:

Jeremy Frankel


Janice Sellers
Editor, ZichronNote
Publicity (vicepresident(at)sfbajgs.org) (newsletter(at)sfbajgs.org) (publicity(at)sfbajgs.org)


Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, forensic, and newspaper research. She is the editor of three genealogy journals: ZichronNote; The Galitzianer, for Gesher Galicia; and The Baobab Tree, for the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC). She is a board member of AAGSNC and California State Genealogical Alliance, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia. She has been on staff at the Oakland FamilySearch Library since 2000 and gives presentations on many genealogical topics at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
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Shellie Wiener
Recording Secretary (secretary(at)sfbajgs.org)


Jeff Lewy


Jeff's interest in genealogy began about 15 years ago with an album of family photos from the late 19th century. He has found records of his ancestors in Bohemia, Mecklenburg in Prussia, Prussian Poland, and the Rhineland back to the 1790s. He has traced relatives in the US in the South before the Civil War and followed their migration to Chicago, where he was born and raised. Jeff enjoys helping others learn how to do genealogy research and work through their brick walls. He regularly writes articles for the SFBAJGS journal ZichronNote and has also written three "slim volumes" for his relatives to document their common family history. He often donates his genealogy services to nonprofit organizations for their fundraising auctions.


Avner Yonai
Membership (membership(at)sfbajgs.org)


Avner is an Israeli who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001. He received his B.A. in Political Sciences & Criminology Studies from the Bar Ilan University in 1999 and his M.A. in International Relations and Human Rights Studies at the University of Malta in 2001. Avner is managing partner and leads the international business development department at the Over Seas Relocations Co. he helped found in 2004. He volunteers at numerous local and national organizations such as Jewish Family & Children Services. He is a Yad Vashem-certified interviewer of Holocaust survivors for the Names Recovery Project, which awarded him the Cal Lubran award in 2009 and the Mensch Award in 2010. Avner has joined excursions throughout Poland and Belarus to reconstruct desecrated Jewish cemeteries and synagogues in cooperation with Jewish communities in Poland and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Avner is the founder and project manager of the Ger Mandolin Orchestra revival: a memorial project reconstructing the Jewish mandolin orchestra of the town of Ger (Gora Kalwaria) where Avner`s grandfather and great uncle were active members circa 1920-1930. The orchestra debuted in San Francisco in March 2011 and performed in Ger and in Warsaw as part of the eighth Singer Festival. A documentary film about the Ger Mandolin orchestra project is underway.


Beth Galleto
Webmaster, E-news (webmaster(at)sfbajgs.org)


Beth has been researching her family roots in Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and Russia since 1978, when a previously unknown relative on a business trip to San Francisco made a surprise telephone call. Invited for dinner, he drew a makeshift family tree on a napkin that started her on a lifelong search. As part of her research she has traveled to Israel, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and Canada, and she has made numerous trips to Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. In her professional life she has been a teacher and private tutor, a newspaper reporter and editor, communications director for a local chamber of commerce, and a free lance writer and editor. In 2001 she became editor of the SFBAJGS journal ZichronNote, which she edited for ten years and for which she has also written several articles about her research. In 2011 she published a book based on interviews of her parents, and she is currently working on a book about her paternal ancestors and their descendants in the United States and throughout the world. She plans to follow this one with another, about her maternal ancestors.


Pierre Hahn
Chair, Cemetery Project (cemetery(at)sfbajgs.org)


Dale Friedman


Heidi Lyss


Heidi delved into the world of genealogical research six years ago, upon receiving a book from her father on a relative who lived in the 1600s in Switzerland's Engadine Valley, and since has researched her family tree and those of friends and acquaintances. Her genealogical journey has included trips to Switzerland where she met recently discovered relatives, and Alsace in France to two ancestral towns. She became interested in Jewish Genealogical Research in particular upon discovering an unknown Jewish branch in her family tree in 2010, and she joined the SFBAJGS Board in 2013. Heidi has an MBA and an MFA in Creative writing, and has presented seminars to northern California genealogical societies on writing family histories. Her published pieces include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and trade/academic articles. Heidi works as a healthcare consultant, focusing on health care delivery strategy and health policy.

Preeva Tramiel


Newsletter exchange-- For other JGS chapters wishing to exchange emailed copies of their newsletters for emailed copies of ZichronNote:   ZNexchange@sfbajgs.org

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To contact the SFBAJGS by U.S. Mail, address your letter to:
P. O. Box 318214
San Francisco, CA 94131-8214

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