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Lecture Series Sept. 2014 – Jan. 2015

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Sunday, September 21  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)           Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview        

SPEAKER:  Renee Steinig

“The Connecticut Rabbi on the Archbishop’s Tree:  Tracing John O’Connor’s Jewish Roots”

When the sister of NY’s late Archbishbishop John Cardinal O’Connor revealed that their mother was born Jewish, JGSLIer Renee Steinig searched further — and discovered that O’Connor’s grandfather was a pulpit rabbi in Bridgeport, Conn. Renee will describe her research on the Cardinal’s Prussian-Jewish grandparents, how it came to be a page one story in the New York Times, and some interesting finds about the family of Gustave and Tina Ruben Gumpel that never made the papers.

Renee Stern Steinig began to do genealogical research in the late 1970s, inspired by a cousin in Israel who made it look easy. Many family trees and some 18 years later, she went on to accept client work. Her specialties include New York research, Jewish research, location of lost friends and family, and due diligence for probate cases. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in New York County and Queens County Surrogate’s Courts.

A past president and long-time board member of the JGS of Long Island, Renee also serves on the board of Gesher Galicia  and as its discussion group moderator. She is Mielec town leader for JRI – Poland and the vice president of the Young Tluster Society, one of New York’s few surviving landsmanshaftn. She edited four editions of the IAJGS conference Family Finder and is a frequent contributor to the JewishGen Discussion Group.

A resident of Dix Hills, Renee is an officer of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library and the Dix Hills Jewish Center. She graduated Barnard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.


In honor of Holocaust Remembrance, JGSLI is providing you with a resource for online Holocaust databases.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, JGSLI is happy to provide you with the World War I Centennial Handout (26-Jan-2014) presented at the January 2014 JGSLI meeting.

The 34th IAJGS Annual Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place this year in Salt Lake City, UT from July 27 – August 1, 2014.  Click here for further information.

Jewish Genealogy 101:

Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots

Watch for information regarding the Fall 2014 workshop.

2013 Workshop Brochure

Follow this link if you need a speaker for your synagogue, group or event.

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