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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map
Topic:
Vivian and Sandy's Excellent Adventure: Family Research Travel in Hungary and Romania
Speaker:
Vivian Kahn

Vivian Kahn will talk about the trip that she made to Hungary and Romania last year with Sandy Malek, coordinator of the H-SIG Maramaros Records project, to participate in a gathering of descendants of families from Sziget, Maramaros. Her presentation will cover their experiences doing on-the-ground research and meeting members of their extended families from eastern Hungary and the formerly Hungarian counties of Szatmar and Maramaros in Romania. Vivian will share tips for locating and learning about the places where your families lived in Hungary and Transylvania and provide an overview of resources available for research in Maramaros from JewishGen’s Hungary database and other resources.

Vivian Kahn is coordinator of JewishGen’s Hungarian SIG, moderates the Hungarian SIG discussion list, and is JewishGen's Vice President of SIG Affairs. She has presented workshops on Jewish genealogy and, especially, Hungarian Jewish family research at the IAJGS annual conference and for Jewish genealogy groups. Since she began researching her own family from pre-Trianon Hungary more than 20 years ago, she has identified and used a wide range of archival, print, and online resources and has visited Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Great Britain, and Salt Lake City to research her family and help clients searching for their Hungarian roots.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.

 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
7 to 9pm
Congregation Beth Am
26790 Arastradero Road, Room 5/6
Los Altos Hills , CA
Map
 
Topic:
San Francisco's Own Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico
Speaker:
Emperor Norton (Joseph Amster)

A Jewish businessman originally from England and South Africa, Joshua Abraham Norton arrived in San Francisco in 1849 with $40,000, which after some shrewd investing increased to $250,000 (about $3 million today). After losing his fortune to a bad rice investment, Norton disappeared, returning to San Francisco in 1859 and declaring himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. In any other city he would have been dismissed as a madman, but the people of San Francisco embraced his reign.

Amster, a displaced journalist with an acting background, wanted to create a walking tour with a twist, offering his patrons a unique experience. “I decided early on that I wanted to do my tour in character and researched the historical figures from San Francisco’s past,” says Amster. “The more I read about Emperor Norton, the more fascinated I became with him.” After completing his research, Amster took on the character of Emperor Norton, complete with uniform, beard, and plumed top hat.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

German Jewry and the Allure of the Sephardic

 
Time and Place:
1:30 to 3pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Based on his new book, the UC Berkeley historian John M. Efron examines the influences of Sephardic aesthetics on a changing German Jewry in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Membership Meeting Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
10am to Noon
Meet at Colma Historical Association Museum
1500 Hillside Boulevard, Colma. The museum is near Serramonte Blvd and closer to 280 than 101. It is at the corner of F St. and Hillside Blvd. It's about a half-mile walk from the Colma BART station.
http://www.colmahistory.org/
 
 
Topic:
Tour of Colma's Jewish Cemeteries

Come enjoy a tour of three of the Jewish cemeteries in Colma: Home of Peace, Hills of Eternity, and Eternal Home. The tour will begin at the museum with a 10-minute film which discusses the history of all of Colma's cemeteries, including moving burials from San Francisco. We will then visit the three Jewish cemeteries discussed and hear about some of the history and the burials, famous and perhaps some locals. There is no fee for the tour.

We will do a fair amount of walking, so you should wear comfortable shoes and a hat, bring a water bottle, and dress in layers (we may have fog).  As we get closer to the date, we'll have a better idea of what type of weather to expect.

Carpooling is strongly encouraged. The fewer cars the better, as it takes time to get everyone in and out at each stop. Cameras are permitted.

Note: Rain will cancel.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Refugee: Fleeing Oppression from the Exodus to Modern Times
A Lehrhaus symposium open to the community

 
Time and Place:
1 pm to 5pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
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Featuring sessions with Joel Ben Izzy, Rabbi Lee Bycel, John Efron, Jehon Grist, Eran Kaplan, Sarah Levin, Avi Rose, Fred Rosenbaum, and Mark Schapiro.


 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Presentation for International Jewish Genealogy Month

The talk is free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:

Doors open 6:30-8:00 pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Bubbie, Who Are You?: Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree
Speaker:
Janice M. Sellers

Female relatives can be difficult to trace, but they can be found. This class introduces resources for tracing the women in your family, including oral histories, immigration, religious records, journals, newspapers, legal and court records, archives, and manuscripts.
Janice is the vice president of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. She is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, dual citizenship, and newspaper research.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.

 

Sunday, February 16, 2017

Co-Sponsorship with The Jewish Community Library of San Francisco

The Milkhik State: The Surprising Jewish History of Wisconsin

Speaker:
Andy Muchin

Jews have lived in Wisconsin almost continuously since 1793, when Jacob Frank established a fur-trading outpost in Green Bay. Wisconsin's Jewish population peaked at more than 39,000 preceding World War II, dropping to approximately 26,000 today. Still, Wisconsin Jewry has contributed much to the world: an Israeli prime minister, the world's greatest escape artist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, elected officials (including two U.S. senators), an All-Star baseball outfielder, artists, activists, farmers, rabbis, and an honorary Winnebago tribal chief.

Andy Muchin is working as program coordinator at the Jewish Community Library. From 2003-2010, he was director of the Wisconsin Small Jewish Communities History Project, a nonprofit research effort based in Milwaukee. He wrote the Wisconsin entry for the Encyclopaedia Judaica, Second Edition (2007), and edited the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle weekly newspaper in the 1990s.

Time and Place:
7pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map 

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