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Sunday, April 27, 2014

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:
Greek Jewry and the Little Shul That Could
Speaker:
Jim Mavrikios

Jim Mavrikios will discuss the history of Greek Jewry and of Kehila Kadosha Janina, the Greek synagogue in New York City. Neither Ashkenazic nor Sephardic, the Romaniote Jews of Greece were there to welcome the Sephardim who fled Spain in the 15th century.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

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 copies of your materials and your questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Researching My Jewish Roots: How I Succeeded Beyond My Wildest Dreams
Speaker:
Jeffrey Mark Paull

Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, has had a long career in the field of occupational and environmental health. However, in 2008 the making of a family retrospective film in honor of his son Joshua's Bar Mitzvah triggered his long-standing interest in delving further into his family's history.

Starting with little more than a family portrait and dim recollections of his family’s oral history, Dr. Paull researched this lost world to recreate what this immigrant experience was like for his ancestors. In so doing, he discovered that they were a family of impressive yichus that descends from five generations of Polonsky rabbis who were Av Beit Din (ABDs) of their towns in the Kiev gubernia region of the Ukraine. It is a lineage descends from some of Europe’s most eminent rabbinical families.

Dr. Paull will be re-creating his journey through his family’s illustrious history and lineage and most importantly describing how he discovered all of this incredible information. His book has been acclaimed by distinguished scholars as "an impressive piece of work!"


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Presentation of Interest to Jewish Genealogists

Time and Place:
7pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street
Map  
Topic:
Secrets and Revelations: Reclaiming Our Lost Families
Speakers:
A conversation with Mani Feniger and Jim Van Buskirk

For two Bay Area writers, the unexpected discovery of a hidden family past sent them off in unforeseen directions. When Mani Feniger discovered a lost 1932 photograph of her mother, it led to revelations about her Jewish ancestors' lives in pre-Nazi Leipzig and clarified the choices her mother made to survive as her privileged world shattered. After Jim Van Buskirk's mother showed him a suitcase of memorabilia belonging to his Parisian opera singer grandmother, he understood the role that his family's secret Jewish heritage might have played in their saga of kidnapping and divorce. Join Mani and Jim in conversation as they discuss their research and transformative journeys.

Mani Feniger is a therapist, speaker, and author of Journey from Anxiety to Freedom and The Woman in the Photograph, winner of the 2012 Best Memoir Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

Jim Van Buskirk, co-author/co-editor of four books, is looking to publish his family memoir, My Grandmother's Suitcase. His writing has appeared in a variety of anthologies, magazines, websites, and radio broadcasts. This meeting is co-presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

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 copies of your materials and your questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 704.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

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:
Chasing Portraits:  A Great-granddaughter’s Search for Her Lost Art Legacy
Speaker:
Elizabeth Rynecki

Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943) painted the Polish-Jewish community in the 1920's and 1930's. Although he perished in the Holocaust, many of his 800 works survived, and the Rynecki family has about 100. The artist’s great‐granddaughter will speak about her great-grandfather, her quest to find the missing pieces, and where the family’s story rests within
the larger story of Holocaust art restitution.

Elizabeth Rynecki attended Bates College ('91), where she studied Rhetoric, and received a Master's degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communication at U.C. Davis ('94), where her graduate work focused on children of Holocaust survivors and the voice and role of the second generation within Holocaust discourse. Elizabeth is passionate about sharing her great-grandfather’s paintings with others and searching for the lost and missing pieces from the original collection.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Beth Am Rm. 5/6
26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos Hills, CA
Map
 
Topic:
What Happens to Your Research After You're Gone?
Speaker:
Pat Burrow

Legacy Planning usually refers to your will, trusts and medical directives. But have you thought about what is going to happen to your family history research? Patricia Burrow, who has been researching her family history for a decade, will share some of the things we can do to ensure our family history research is preserved for future generations.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Legacy of Rescue: Recovering a Story of Courage during the Holocaust
Speaker:
Marta Fuchs

Marta Fuchs will talk about the research she did for her intergenerational memoir of her father, Morton (Miksa) Fuchs, and Zoltán Kubinyi, the man who saved him and more than 100 other Hungarian Jewish men during the Holocaust. Due to Morton Fuchs’ testimony, Zoltán Kubinyi, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, was posthumously honored as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. The story of rescue came full circle in 2011 when Marta and her brother took their children back to Hungary to meet Zoltán Kubinyi’s family, including his teenage great-grandchildren.

Marta Fuchs was born in Budapest and lived with her family in Tokaj until they escaped to the U.S. in the wake of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Marta is a professional librarian and Director of Library Services at Drew School in San Francisco. She is also a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Albany.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

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:
Bring Your Own Brick Wall
Speakers:
Panel of SFBAJGS genealogists

Bring your problems, questions and documents (copies, please, no originals), and a panel of experienced researchers will brainstorm to provide information and suggestions that will show you your next steps and may help you solve some of your family mysteries.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Beth Am Rm. 5/6
26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos Hills, CA
Map
 
Topic:
Using Probate Materials in Genealogical Research
Speaker:
Marc Seidenfeld

Details to be provided.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Discovering My German-Jewish Heritage
Speaker:
Diane Ober

From detailed records kept by the Nazis, Gestapo, and German State, Diane was able to discover how her family fared under Nazi rule, from deportation to escape to the Shanghai ghetto and to life in America. She learned about the marriage and divorce of a relative to a German writer and diplomat, Roland Krug von Nidda, who later became the German Consul General to the Vichy government and who also wrote the book "I, Anastasia." Diane's story was included in a series produced for ZDF (German television) about the German family; her segment focused on her grandfather, who emigrated from Hamburg in 1895, and his family's life in America, as well as the fate of those who remained in Germany.

Diane Ober began her search for the German side of her family in 2007 and in the following years found descendants and unraveled her family's story. She has two grown children and has worked in the export business for 26 years. She is now compiling the photos, documents, and stories she has collected over the years..


Sunday, October 19, 2014

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:
A Very Short Course in Hebrew for Family History Researchers
Speaker:
Vivian Kahn

Have you ever wandered around a cemetery looking for ancestors, found a document written in Hebrew in a box of family memorabilia, or come across photos or postcards with notations or messages that seem to be written in Hebrew? Headstone inscriptions, ketubahs (wedding contracts), yahrtzeit cards, and other sources can provide valuable clues if you know what to look for, even if you can't read Hebrew. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to the Hebrew alphabet and the words and terms that most commonly appear in inscriptions and other family documents. Participants will receive handouts that will help non-Hebrew speakers identify first names and parents' names, decipher dates, and recognize other clues on headstones and in common records.

Vivian Kahn is a New York native and one-time substitute Hebrew school teacher with 5 years of after-school Hebrew education. She is an experienced researcher who has presented workshops on Jewish genealogy and, in particular, Hungarian Jewish family research at the annual conference on Jewish genealogy and for other groups. Vivian's
investigation of her roots in pre-Trianon Hungary has taken her to Hungary, Slovakia, Israel, and Salt Lake City.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and anyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Beth Am Rm. 5/6
26790 Arastradero Road
Los Altos Hills, CA
Map
 
Topic:
To be determined
Speaker:
To be determined

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 
Topic:
Assimilation and Differences in Jewish Immigrants to Latin America: Voices from My Family Tree
Speaker:
Judith Berlowitz

While researching my family tree, I found that a sizeable number of Jewish relatives originating in central and eastern Europe ended up in Latin America. I found, and established contact via e-mail, with people in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Chile. On considering the issues they must have faced—difference and/or discrimination within the country of origin, emigration in possibly dangerous circumstances, reception in the new land, changes they had to make to adjust to new cultures—I was curious about individual
responses to difference and to the process of integration. So I designed and e-mailed a questionnaire (in Spanish and in Portuguese) that I hoped would reveal each person’s process of assimilation and ideally some personal details about the process. I already had received photos, stories, documents, and even poems from some of the relatives and had visited one family personally. This presentation is my summary of the responses of five people in four countries, accompanied by photos and other pertinent documents.

Dr. Judith Berlowitz holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley and is a federally certified translator. Her publications are based on research in the Judeo-Spanish romancero, ethnomusicology, and genealogy. She sings alto in the Oakland Symphony Chorus and is a member of the board of the East Bay Performing Arts
consortium. Since retiring from teaching, Judith dedicates her time to peace activism, music, genealogy, and her living family, which includes a husband, three superstar daughters, and three grandsons (the doctor is 17, the rocket scientist is 10, and the lawyer is 4).


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