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Sunday November 22, 2015
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on November 22, 2015 at 1:30PM to hear our member Rena Rotenberg speak about "A Jewish Child Growing Up in Tientsin, China 1939-1948." The meeting will be held at the Hadassah meeting room, 3723 Old Court Rd (Dumbarton Offices entrance), Pikesville.

Rena Rotenberg always knew that her late husband spent 9 years in China. What she did not know were many of the details about those years. After he died, as she was preparing to move to an apartment, in the corner of a closet, she found a large box containing documents, pictures, letters, report cards, and more--things she had never seen before.

This collection is now held by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, which was especially interested in the facts that he went to China as a child and that the family did not live in Shanghai, where most of the Jewish families in China lived at that time.

The artifacts, documents and letters which were translated from German to English at the Museum, demonstrate the experience of Jews in Berlin after the Nazis took over, much about the Jewish experience in China (his, and his family, in particular), his schooling (he attended the Tientsin Jewish School, where he learned British English, an interesting part of the story) , and then finally about coming to the US.
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JGS Maryland has been reconstituted!
JGSMD had its initial meeting on Sunday August 18, 2013 to see if there was interest in the group's reconstituting. The turnout was overwhelming, with 31 people attending with only a few days' notice. Look forward to new programming over the next year!
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