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Sunday October 29, 2017
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, to hear Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull present “Discovering Your Lost Jewish Heritage through Y-DNA.”

For centuries, Jews have sought their yichus by connecting themselves to rabbinical families, either through marriage, or by paper trail. Thanks to recent advances in genetic genealogy and DNA technology, this is now possible to do for many more individuals of Jewish descent than ever before.

The goal of Dr. Paull’s Y-DNA research studies is to identify the Y-DNA genetic signatures of some of Jewry’s most renowned tzaddiks and historic rabbinical families. Anyone who matches one of these Y-DNA genetic signatures shares a common paternal ancestor with them. Identifying that common ancestor would enable one to link to a pedigree and paper trail that may be many centuries old.

This presentation covers the following topics: why the study of the world’s historic rabbinical lineages and dynasties is so important to Jewish genealogy; how Y-DNA and traditional genealogy work together in the process for identifying the Y-DNA genetic signature for a rabbinical lineage; the results of Dr. Paull’s many pioneering rabbinical heritage Y-DNA studies of historically significant rabbis, rabbinical lineages, and tzaddiks; and how these studies can enable people to rediscover their own family’s lost Jewish heritage.

After reviewing the basic principles of how the Y-DNA genetic signature of a lineage is identified, Dr. Paull will briefly discuss the results of his Y-DNA studies of the Baal Shem Tov, the Shpoler Zeida, the Katzenellenbogen and Polonsky rabbinical lineages, and the Savran-Bendery and Twersky Chassidic dynasties, and explain how such studies will enable many people to rediscover their family’s heritage.
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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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