Monthly Meetings are held at Temple Beth Israel
(3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie).Temple Beth Israel is located west of McCormick
and east of Crawford in Skokie. Dempster is 8800 North. There is an exit (37B) on the Edens Expressway for
The Temple will open at 12:30 and JGSI members will be available to help answer genealogical questions, help with Internet searches or for those interested in using our library resources.
JGSI has recently added many wonderful new books and maps to the library. Scheduled programs will begin at 2:00.
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JGSI Sunday MEETINGS - Tentative 2013 Schedule
For those who like to plan ahead, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois has released a tentative schedule of events for 2013. Dates are subject to change. Currently, JGSI is planning to meet on the following dates:
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013: “Rumbula’s Echo”
Documentary movie producer-director Mitchell Lieber will show work-in-progress excerpts from and discuss genealogical aspects of his film “Rumbula’s Echo” at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting in Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.
The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins. For more information phone (312) 666-0100.
“Rumbula’s Echo” focuses on the Rumbula forest murders of 25,000, more than a third of Latvia's Jews. The massacres, which took place Nov. 30 and Dec. 8, 1941, were among the largest mass shootings of its kind in the Holocaust.
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Lieber has directed three short films about the Holocaust in Latvia. In his early career he produced more than 125 interviews and documentaries for Chicago radio station WNIB-FM (now WDRV). His genealogy search for information about his grandfather's parents is woven into “Rumbula's Echo.” His grandfather was a cantor/sofer from Latvia and his great-grandfather was a rabbi in Latvia. In 2002, the genealogy search led Lieber to found the educational website www.Rumbula.org, about Jews and the Holocaust in Latvia. This, in turn, eventually led to the documentary film project “Rumbula's Echo.” Producers of the film, which is still being finished, have been test screening “rough cut” excerpts to international acclaim.
Sunday, March 17, 2013: Finding Living Relatives
Editor, writer and genealogist Martin Fischer will speak about “Finding Living Relatives” at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting in Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.
Martin Fischer will share tips and how-to information about researching, finding and contacting previously unknown living cousins and other relatives. His presentation will include anecdotes about his own discoveries of relatives whom he had never heard of before.
Fischer, who is vice president-publicity of JGSI, is a part-time copy editor at the Chicago Tribune, and an adjunct faculty member of the City Colleges of Chicago’s Center for Distance Learning and the University of Phoenix. He teaches social science and introductory college writing courses. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, the American Copy Editors Society, the Editorial Freelancers Association and the St. Louis Genealogical Society.
The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins. For more information, phone (312) 666-0100.
JGSI will be holding a one-day workshop June 9, 2013 at
Temple Beth Israel. We are in the process of forming committees for
this event and are looking for volunteers. To learn more and to
volunteer, contact Debbie Kroopkin at email@example.com.
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