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Sunday June 23, 2019
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, to hear Anita and Jeff Knisbacher present “Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray.” The presentation includes a film, followed by a discussion of social and genealogical aspects.

It is not well known that some 10,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the Civil War, about 7,000 for the North and 3,000 for the South. This film discusses the different allegiances of these soldiers, some as slave owners, others as ardent abolitionists, occasionally from the same family. Special attention is paid to the case of Grant’s egregious “Order No. 11” expelling Jews from several states, as well as to the case of Judah Benjamin, sometimes referred to as the brains behind the Confederacy. Also covered are two well-known Jewish spies, one for the Union and one for the Confederacy.

Anita Knisbacher has advanced degrees in instructional technology and has been a platform instructor both here and in South America since her teens. Since retirement, she has continued to facilitate learning via educational positions with the National Council of Jewish Women in Sarasota, FL, and here in Baltimore with the Beth Tfiloh Sisterhood, where she conducts regular “Shmooze and Learn” programs among other activities. She will lead a discussion after the film.

Jeff Knisbacher is a former professor of linguistics, translator, and government analyst. Since retirement, he has leveraged his languages to research his family roots in both branches of his family: the paternal in Galicia and the maternal in Ukraine. He will conclude the presentation with a brief discussion of the genealogical aspects.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to JGSMD membership fee) after their first meeting. Please check our web site at www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.
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News Tidbits

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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