15th Summer Seminar on Jewish Genealogy

Speaker Biographies

Jerome E. Anderson

Reference librarian member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society since 1987, Anderson previously was director of the Society's Enquiries Service. A nationally known lecturer on a wide range of English, American and Canadian genealogical topics, Anderson is an editorial consultant to The New England Historical Genealogical Register and contributing editor to The American Genealogist. He is a member numerous genealogical societies in Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. A former industrial and academic research chemist originally from Wisconsin, Anderson holds a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an A.M. in chemistry from Harvard University. Anderson lives in Somerville, MA.

Jack Arbeiter

Mr. Arbeiter is an amateur historian who specializes in Modern European History. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and other parts of the world, visiting sites of historical significance, and has previously lectured to the JGS of Greater Boston. He currently works for Raytheon Electronic Systems as an Engineering Manager.

Nancy Arbeiter

Nancy Arbeiter is a professional genealogist specializing in New England and Dutch Jewish genealogical research. She has been on the Executive Board of the JGS of Greater Boston since 1990 and has chaired their Annual Beginner's Workshops since 1993. Her articles have appeared in Avotaynu, and she has twice been featured on the front-page of Boston's Jewish newspaper, The Jewish Advocate.

Alexander Beider

Dr. Beider has been studying the etymology and geographic distribuion of Jewish names from Eastern and Central Europe for nearly ten years. His contribution to Jewish onomastics include two major works: A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (1993) and A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland (1996), one monograph Jewish Surnames in Prague (1995), as well as several articles published in the USA, Poland, Russia and Israel. A Moscow-born scholar, he currently lives in France.

Stephen Birmingham

Acclaimed novelist and social historian, Stephen Birmingham has written more than 25 works of fiction and non-fiction, including the classics Our Crowd, The Grandees, The Rest of Us, and The Auerbach Will. Mr. Birmingham lectures frequently on such topics related to America's aristocracy or Jewish elite.

Warren Blatt

Warren Blatt is the chair of the 15th Summer Seminar on Jewish Genealogy. He is the author of the JewishGen FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") and JGFF online search engine. He is a board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, and is assistant editor of their newsletter, Mass-Pocha. He has been assistant editor of Landsmen, and has also written articles for Avotaynu and other JGS publications.

Michael J. Bohnen

For the past 23 years, Michael Bohnen has practiced corporate law at the Boston law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP. He has also lectured and published in the area of corporate law. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Bohnen is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, Chairman of Boston's Jewish Continuity Commission and Chairman of the New Jewish High School.

Hal Bookbinder

Mr. Bookbinder is a writer for RootsKey, the newsletter of the JGS of Los Angeles. He has chaired the 1990 Summer Seminar, been a president of the JGS of Los Angeles, and is currently treasurer of the AJGS. In his own research, he has identified over 3,000 relatives around the world. He and his wife, Marci, live in Agoura, California.

Harry D. Boonin

Mr. Boonin is the co-author of The Davidows: The Experiences of an Immigrant Family. The story of his own family, the book is the result of extensive research with Russian source materials, as the town of origin has no Yizkor book and the family has no rabbinical lineage. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Gabriel Braunstein

Mr. Braunstein, a native of Argentina, has a Ph.D. in Physics from The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He is currently the treasurer and a founding member of the JGS of Rochester, NY. Mr. Braunstein's expertise is the immigration patterns of Jews to Argentina.

Jeffrey K. Cymbler

Mr. Cymbler is a professional genealogist with an extensive knowledge of Polish genealogical records. He has successfully traced his own family back to the early 18th century in Poland. He has been Vice President of the JGS of New York, co­chaired the Eleventh Summer Seminar on Jewish Genealogy, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the JGS of NY. His article, "Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research - A Primer," appeared in Avotaynu. He lives and practices law in NY.

Fred Davis

Fred Davis is President of the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. He has coordinated the JGSGB volunteer project to catalog the genealogical resources of the American Jewish Historical Society. He has served on the Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, and the Board of his temple. Since 1978, Mr. Davis has been a professional in the field of energy conservation, and is President of his own company. Mr. Davis credits his father with laying the foundation of their family history by documenting interviews with family members thirty years ago. Fred lives in Medfield, MA, with wife Lucinda, and sons Avner and Leon.

David Curtis Dearborn

Reference librarian of the New England Historic Genealogical Society's research library and consultant to the Enquiries Service, Dearborn is also an adjunct professor of history at Northeastern University and genealogist for the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars. The author of numerous articles in genealogical journals and publications, Dearborn is a contributing editor to The American Genealogist. His areas of special interest include northern New England families, Essex county, MA, migration patterns; and urban and 20th century genealogy. A Fellow of the American Association of Genealogists, Dearborn's other professional memberships include the National Genealogical Society, the Society of Genealogists (London) and the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists. A Massachusetts native, Dearborn was educated at University of Massachusetts, Boston (B.A.), Northeastern University (M.A.), and Simmons College (M.L.L.S.).

Dick Eastman

Mr. Eastman is the director of the New England Computer Genealogists and belongs to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the American-Canadian Genealogical Society. A computer professional for over 25 years, he manages two on-line genealogy areas on CompuServe and is also a frequent author and lecturer on computer-related topics. He is the author of YOUR ROOTS: Total Genealogy Planning On Your Computer. He has also written extensively for genealogy and computer publications.

Michael Feldberg

Michael Feldberg, Ph. D. has served as Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society in Waltham, MA since 1991. Prior to that time he served as President of The Boston-Fenway Program, Inc., a consortium of Boston's major cultural institutions. He has also served as Director of the Institute for the Humanities and Criminal Justice and chair of the Criminal Justice Program at Boston University, has taught history at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York and the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and criminal justice at Boston University. He also serves on the faculty of the Humanities and Professions Program at Brandeis University. Dr. Feldberg received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his doctorate in history from the University of Rochester. He is the author or editor of six books and numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries in American ethnic and immigrant history, in criminal justice and in medicine.

Karen Speigel Franklin

Ms. Franklin is the director of family research at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York and the director of the Judaica Museum at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, New York. She is a member of the advisory board of the German Jewish genealogical journal Stammbaum. Her main interest area is Southern Germany.

Judith R. Frazin

Ms. Frazin is the author of two editions of A Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish Language Documents (Birth, Marriage, and Death Records) and has developed two unique forms for recording genealogical information. A genealogist for 26 years, she has been president of the JGS of Illinois, was program chairperson for the 1984 national seminar on Jewish Genealogy, and wrote a genealogical column for the newspaper The Jewish Post and Opinion.

ChaeRan Y. Freeze

ChaeRan Freeze was born in Seoul, Korea, but grew up in Ethiopia and Kenya. She received a B.A. at the University of California, Irvine and is presently completing her doctorate at Brandeis University in modern Jewish history, with a specialization in Russian-Jewish history. She became interested in Jewish genealogy through her dissertation research on Jewish divorces in Imperial Russia. After spending a year working in the archives of the former Soviet Union and reading hundreds of files on Jewish families, she became completely engrossed in the lives of people she was studying. She will be a Harry Starr Fellow at the Center for Judaic Studies at Harvard next year.

John Garrard

John Garrard is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Arizona. His most recent book (co-authored with Dr. Carol Garrard) is The Bones of Berdichev: The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman (Simon & Schuster, 1996), which will be on sale at the Summer Seminar. He is also the author of "The Nazi Holocaust in the Soviet Union: Interpreting Newly Opened Russian Archives" (published in the December 1995 issue of "East European Jewish Affairs"). During the summer of 1996 Professor Garrard will be a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England.

Sol Gittleman

Dr. Gittleman currently is the Provost and Senior Vice President at Tufts University, where he has served as a professor of German, and is currently the holder of the Alice and Nathan Gantcher Chair in Judaic Studies. He is the recipient of two Fulbright awards and the author of several books on German literature, East European Jewish literature, and the American immigrant experience. Born in New Jersey to immigrant parents, Gittleman holds an M.A. from Columbia University and an Ph.D from the University of Michigan. For 20 years he has taught summer seminars on the rise of Nazism.

Ted Gostin

Mr. Gostin, as a professional genealogist, has extensive experience with Russian directories and has published a volume of his own family history. He is a past president of the JGS of Los Angeles and has taught Jewish genealogy at the University of Judaism, the Board of Jewish Education, and at elderhostels. An active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Committee of Professional Jewish Genealogists, Mr. Gostin is currently working on two genealogical reference books.

Walter Hickey

Mr. Hickey has worked for the National Archives and Records Administration for six years. He spent four years at the New England Region office in Waltham, MA, and the past two years at the Pittsfield Region office in Pittsfield, MA. He was formerly a special collections librarian at Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, MA, and holds a B.A. in History.

Michael Honey

Born in the Czech Republic, is a Holocaust survivor. He entered the camps in 1942 at age 13 and survived Theresienstadt, Auschwitz-Birkenau (where he was Mengele's runner), and Mauthausen. His father and one brother escaped to England in 1939 and two other brothers escaped to Palestine. After World War II, he caught up on his missed schooling, learned English, and was then sent by the youth movement Habonim to the new state of Israel on a youth leadership course, where he learned Hebrew. He then returned to England, graduated university in engineering, and worked in the chemical industry, building plants and refineries. His interest in genealogy stems from a meeting with his brother Mordche in Israel, one month before he died, at which they discussed their children and Mordche gave him a family tree diagram.

Saul Issroff

Born in South Africa, Issroff is a 'Litvak' now living in London. He is one of the founding members of the JGS of Great Britain. His special interests are Lithuanian and South African Jewish history, archival resources, and travel.

Anne Joseph

Ms. Joseph, a native of England, has lived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, since 1959. Her husband has traced his Canadian Jewish family from the earliest settlers in 1760 through ten generations. Anne has combined her love of history with her husband's family lore into Heritage of a Patriarch, published in 1995. She has also written a book on Judaism and ghost-written the memoirs of a Holocaust survivor.

Bruce Kahn

Dr. Kahn is the author of the resource guide "Jewish Genealogy on the Information Super Highway." He is President and founder of the JGS of Rochester, New York; author of the JGS of Rochester World Wide Web pages; Vice President of the Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies; and former Assistant Editor of Landsmen (the journal of the Suwalk / Lomza SIG). By day, he is a senior research scientist at the Eastman Kodak Company.

Alice Kane

Boston-native Alice (Yee) Kane is a 17-year "veteran" at the Boston Public Library, serving many years in the Microtext Department. Beginning and advanced researchers have benefited from her experience with genealogical and newspaper resources on microfilm. She is a current member of the nearby New England Historic Genealogical Society and does occasional client research in both libraries. Mrs. Kane grew up in Boston's South End and now lives in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston.

Susan E. King

Ms. King is the founder and president of JewishGen, Inc., a non-profit corporation formed to continue the Jewish genealogy discussion group on the Internet. She has been president of the JGS of Houston and a leader in genealogical activities on computer bulletin boards and the Internet for over 10 years. She holds a B.A. in Communications, has worked in marketing communications, computer graphics applications, and is currently manager of sales and marketing for an international travel management company.

Peter Lande

Mr. Lande was born in Germany and came to the US in 1937. He is currently retired from the US Diplomatic Service. His genealogical specialties are German records and Holocaust records, including records of survivors.

Frank Leister

Frank Leister, B.S. is founder and president of Leister Productions, Inc., and the author of Reunion, family tree software for Macintosh and Windows. He is a resident of Mechanicsburg, PA and has lectured at many regional and national genealogical meetings. He graduated from Susquehanna University and specializes in the art of human-computer interface design.

Dov Levin

Dr. Levin is head of the Oral History division at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Born in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania, in 1925, he was in the Kovno ghetto and then fought as a partisan in the Vilna area during World War II. He emigrated to Palestine, where he was a member of a kibbutz and took part in the War of Independence. Levin holds master's and doctoral degrees in history and sociology from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and has written 12 books and approximately 350 articles on contemporary Jewish issues.

Julie Unger McCullough

McCullough is a Ph.D. candidate in American History at the University of Maryland, working on an oral history study of a folk music organization in the Washington, D.C., area. She is also the proprietor of "Your Story: Oral and Family Histories," a small business she started about a year ago.

Joseph Maciora

In addition to his career as a reference librarian in the Boston Public Library's Social Sciences Department, Mr. Maciora is an active Polish genealogist and a founding member of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut. He has published several Polish genealogical volumes and articles and is a frequent contributor to Pathways and Passages. His genealogical interests include Poland (1761 to present), Eastern Europe, and his home state of Connecticut (1700 to present).

Frank Mecklenburg

Mr. Mecklenburg is the archivist of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York and has published widely on the subjects of emigration and community history. His main interest is the connection between social history and family history.

William Milhomme

Bill Milhomme is the Reference Supervisor at the Massachusetts State Archives. He has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A.T. in Teaching History. Bill has been providing reference service to genealogists and family historians for over ten years at the State Archives.

David Mishkin

Mr. Mishkin owns and operates "Just Black and White," a custom processing laboratory in Portland, Maine, that specializes in photographic copying, enhancements, and restorations. His business caters to a variety of museums, historical societies, genealogical groups, and photographers. Mr. Mishkin has written articles for several photographic and genealogy publications.

Gary Mokotoff

Mr. Mokotoff is the publisher of Avotaynu, the International Review of Jewish Genealogy, and former President of the Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He is the creator of the Jewish Genealogical Family Finder and the Jewish Genealogical People Finder. He is co-author of Where We Once Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust.

Richard Panchyk

Richard Panchyk is a writer and editor who has worked on a variety of projects, including co-authoring a book on CAD (computer-assisted design) and editing for the Frommer's travel guide series. His 1994 master's thesis at the University of Massachusetts was on given names and Hungarian Jews. Since then, he has published two articles on Austro-Hungarian Jews. Panchyk's latest project involved the translating, transcribing, indexing, and editing of the 1850 Obuda, Hungary Census of Jews, published this year on microfiche by Avotaynu.

Eileen Polakoff

Ms. Polakoff is a full-time professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish-American family history. Her work, based in New York City, has involved tracing families back to the late 18th-century in Europe and finding long-lost relatives around the world. She is the "Ask the Experts" columnist for Avotaynu and has lectured on various genealogical topics nationally and internationally. Her specialties include New York City 1870-present, use of computers for genealogy, and managing a professional genealogy business.

Yale J. Reisner

Mr. Reisner is director of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation Genealogy Project at the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland in Warsaw. This project encompasses genealogical research, archival cataloguing, and archival preservation. He holds degrees in East Central European regional studies from Columbia College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has also studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew University, and the U.S. National Archives. He has worked in a variety of archives, libraries, and Jewish community institutions in the U.S., Russia, and Lithuania. A genealogist for over 20 years, Mr. Reisner not only belongs to the New York and Boston JGSs, but was a founding member of the Moscow JGS.

Jayare Roberts

Jayare Roberts has been on the LDS Extraction Support and Family History Center Support teams at the Family History Department in Salt Lake City since 1992, and is currently Senior consultant working on the Ellis Island automation project. He was previously a specialist for Ancestral File Expansion and worked for 12 years in the LDS Family History Library as a reference consultant. He has also published genealogical book reviews, essays, articles, library registers, and VIP pedigrees. His hobbies include travel, lecturing, and publishing. Mr. Roberts was born and raised in Milwaukee, educated at Louisiana State and Brigham Young Universities, and holds an M.A. in Library Science.

Neil Rosenstein, M.D.

Dr. Rosenstein is a world-renowned Jewish genealogist and author of a number of books on family history and research, among them The Unbroken Chain, The Margolis Family, and Latter Day Leaders, Sages and Scholars. He was the founding president of the JGS of New York. He has extensive experience as a guest lecturer at genealogical conferences and is a frequent contributor to lay and scholarly publications. A native of South Africa, Dr. Rosenstein has a medical practice in general surgery.

Arline R. Sachs

Dr. Sachs is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Northern Virginia Community College and is currently on sabbatical, organizing the AJGS Jewish Cemetery Project. She has been active in the JGS of Greater Washington for the last 14 years in various capacities. Before becoming involved with the cemetery project, she was instrumental in setting up databases for the JGSGW including several which are sold on microfiche through Avotaynu.

Sallyann Amdur Sack

Founder and first president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington, DC, Ms. Sack is currently editor and co-owner of Avotaynu. She also co-directed two international genealogical seminars in Israel and has served on the advisory committee of the Dorot Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv. Ms. Sack has co-authored several books, including Where We Once Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust and the recently revised Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research in Israel.

George Sackheim

George Sackheim, a genealogical researcher for 50 years, is the author of Scattered Seeds, a two-volume, 1300-page genealogy of theSackheim family over 17 generations, which includes 33,000 descendants and a gazetteer of over 2,000 places around the world. Formerly an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, coordinator of biological and physical sciences, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing, and an instructor at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, Sackheim has written 116 chemistry texts. He lives with his wife Esther in Illinois.

William Schoeffler

William H. Schoeffler, a native of New York City, is President and founding chairman of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference, an event sponsored by 26 genealogical societies. A nationally recognized speaker and genealogical teacher, he served as Director of Education for seven years at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and has been an ardent genealogist since 1973. Currently he is arranging tours and cruises for Genealogical Destinations, a division of Colpitts World Travel. Mr. Schoeffler is a former president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has served on the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He has taught genealogical courses for Elderhostel, the Genealogical Institute of Texas, the Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Jonathan Shea

Founder and current president of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut, Mr. Shea is author of Russian Language Documents from Russian Poland: A Translation Manual for the Genealogist and co-author of Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Manual for Genealogists. He has compiled many gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries in the Northeastern U.S. and Poland, and indexed American and Polish church registers and civil records. Mr. Shea is a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages at Central Connecticut State University. He is also a professional translator and interpreter in six languages, with reading knowledge of several others. He holds master's degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures and in Library Science, and is currently working on a doctorate in Russian. He is also preparing a history of the Dabrowa Biolastocka area in Eastern Poland.

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Shapiro

Rabbi Shapiro, spiritual leader of Touro Synagogue of Newport, Rhode Island (the oldest synagogue in continental North America), supervises the synagogue's extensive tour program. A graduate of Yeshiva College, he was ordained at the theological seminary of Yeshiva University, plus he holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctoral degree from Boston University. He has served several previous pulpits and is author of both A Suggested Guide for Jewish Orthodox Conversions and A Guide for Judaism for Naval Chaplains.

Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith is curator of the American Jewish Historical Society, Waltham, MA, and co-editor, with Jonathan D. Sarna, of The Jews of Boston (Boston, 1995), nominated for the National Jewish Book Award. Among her award-winning exhibitions, essays and catalogs are "On Common Ground: The Boston Jewish Experience, 1620-1980" (1980); "Moses Michael Hays and the Establishment of Post-Revolutionary Boston" (1990); and "The Jews of Boston" (1995). She also serves on the steering committee of Boston's Vilna Center for Jewish Heritage and is president of Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, Newton and Brookline, MA.

Marian L. Smith

Ms. Smith, as Senior Historian at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) since 1988, frequently speaks to genealogical groups. She produced the pamphlet INS Records, Genealogical Research, and the Freedom of Information Act, and her article "Interpreting U.S. Immigration Manifest Annotations" appeared recently in Avotaynu.

Holly Snyder

Holly Snyder has been the Archivist of the American Jewish Historical Society since September 1992. Previously, she served as Oral History Archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and was Acting Director of the Museum's Oral History Department. Ms. Snyder holds Master's degrees in Library Science and in American History from the Catholic University of America. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the History of American Civilization Program at Brandeis University, working on a comparative study of three colonial Jewish communities. From time to time, she has also engaged in her own genealogical research.

Diana Sommer

Diana Sommer is the director of Dorot, the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center in Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv. A native New Yorker, Diana made aliyah to Israel in 1976 after living in Italy for five years. She acted as registrar of Beth Hatefutsoth for seven years before being appointed Dorot director in 1987. Under her creative leadership, Dorot has grown into a dynamic international Jewish genealogy center.

Dr. Leonard Spialter

Dr. Spialter, founder and current president of the JGS of Dayton, Ohio, lectures on computerized storage-retrieval techniques in Jewish genealogy. His own family database contains over 5000 names. He is currently producing an integrated computerized information bank on the Dayton Jewish community and he writes a monthly column on history, statistics, and family mystery-solving for the Dayton Jewish Chronicle. Spialter is a consultant on computer systems for small businesses.

Gene Starn

Mr. Starn is the founder and past president of the JGS of Greater Orlando (Florida) and the former editor of ROM­SIG NEWS. He is a journalist in both print and broadcast media. He founded HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, in 1976 and continues to write a weekly column as its editor emeritus.

Lawrence F. Tapper

Mr. Tapper has over 20 years experience at the National Archives of Canada, where he has served as staff archivist responsible for Jewish and Mediterranean collections, and now works as a senior archivist in the Manuscript Division's Social and Cultural Archives Program. Mr. Tapper is the author of the publication A Guide to Sources for the Study of Canadian Jewry and the revised sequel Archival Sources for the Study of Canadian Jewry, as well as the book A Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry 1909­1914. He is also president of the JGS of Ottawa-Carleton and a contributing editor to Avotaynu.

Maureen Taylor

Manager of the New England Historic Genealogical Society's user access services, Taylor oversees the operation of NEHGS' 200,000 volume library. Formerly reference librarian for the Rhode Island Historical Society, Taylor has vast experience as a historical and photographic researcher and consultant in both the private and corporate sector. Her publications include: Runaways, Deserters, And Notorious Villains: Notices From Rhode Island Newspapers, Vol. I: The Providence Gazette, 1762-1800, Nature Caught In The Twinkling Of An Eye: The Daguerreotype In Providence and Working Women: Images Of Women At Work In Rhode Island, 1880-1925. Taylor holds a B.S. in history from Rhode Island College, where she is currently working on a master's degree, and completed the Rhode Island Arts Management Certificate Program.

Miriam Weiner

Ms. Weiner is the co-author of The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy, the first board-certified Jewish genealogist, and former executive director of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. She is president of "Routes to Roots," a customized genealogy research service offering visits to ancestral towns and on-site research in the archives of the former Soviet Union and Poland. Ms. Weiner lectures worldwide and writes a genealogy column that is syndicated in over 100 Jewish newspapers and magazines. Formerly, she was a private detective.

Robert Weiss

Mr. Weiss was a charter member of the JGS of Greater Washington, was president of the 200-member San Francisco Bay Area JGS for four years. He is currently president of the Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and editor of ZichronNote, the journal of the SFBA JGS. Genealogical projects he has been involved in include: the AJGS international cemetery project; compiling a Jewish genealogical resource directory for the San Francisco Bay Area; cataloging the over 500 yizkor (memorial) books at the Holocaust Center of Northern California (HCNC); publishing a name index from the Volkovysk, Belarus yizkor book; listing the pinkas (register) holdings of the manuscripts libraries of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Jewish National and University Library of Israel; and the initiation of a volunteer project to create a name index for the 1500 oral and video Holocaust testimonies held at the HCNC.

Steven Zedeck

Steven A. Zedeck is the founder and coordinator of the Russian Era Indexing of Poland Project (REIPP). Steven has co-authored a book on the Zedeck family history. He is a Principal Diagnostics Software Engineer for Cascade Communications Corp. in Westford, Mass., and has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in 1978.

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