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Upcoming Programs: November 2021

The Three Great Myths of Jewish Genealogy
November 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Speaker: Chuck Weinstein
Join Chuck Weinstein, a well known Jewish Genealogist, for a "beginner" talk on how to get started with your research. This webinar will focus on both JewishGen and a variety of other resources. Even experts will learn something! Chuck Weinstein is the Towns Coordinator for the JewishGen Ukraine Research Division, and was JewishGen's Volunteer of the Year in 2019. He is the Past President of the JGS of Long Island and current Vice President of the Genealogy Federation of Long Island. Chuck has spoken at numerous international conferences and is a regular presenter at JGSLI's Annual Family History Workshop. His own research has been ongoing for 30 years and has provided his family with a history that goes back to the 17th century.
Researching Jewish Families in America: Focus on Jews in the US Military
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speakers: Pamela Elbe, Rachel Silverman, Eliza Kolander, Ellen Kowitt
Join us for "Researching Jewish Families in America," a special series of JewishGen Talks highlighting archives, museums, and historical society collections of interest to family historians. This talk will focus on researching Jews who served in the U.S. military, and will feature resources and guidance on finding records to document military participation. Speakers include: Pamela Elbe (Director of Collections, Archives and Exhibits, National Museum of American Jewish Military History), Rachel Silverman (Genealogist, Operation Benjamin), Eliza Kolander (Strategic Partnership Manager, The Shapell Roster of Jewish Service in the American Civil War), and Ellen Kowitt (National Vice Chair, Jewish Task Force, Daughters of the American Revolution & Director, JewishGen USA Research Division)

Previous Programs

Researching Jewish Families in America: New England Jewish Roots
October 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Speakers: Rachel King, Lindsay Sprechman Murphy, Kate-Lynn Laroche, Elizabeth Rose, Harris Gleckman, Ellen Kowitt
Join us for “Researching Jewish Families in America,” a special series of JewishGen Talks highlighting archives, museums, and historical society collections of interest to family historians. This talk will focus on New England Jewish resources, and will feature repositories with collections about the Jews of New England. The program is co-sponsored by the New England Jewish History Collaborative (nejhc.org).

About the Speakers


Rachel C. King, Executive Director, The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society
Lindsay Sprechman Murphy, Senior Archivist, The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society
Kate-Lynn Laroche, Executive Director, Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association
Elizabeth Rose, Executive Director, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Harris Gleckman, Director, Documenting Maine Jewry Project
Ellen Kowitt, Director, JewishGen’s USA Research Division
Restoring the Jewish Cemeteries of Poland 2021: The Task Ahead
July 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time
This is a continuation of our conference on this topic from 2020. Simultaneous two-way Polish-English translation will be available below on this page. This meeting is sponsored by the Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland, The Matzevah Foundation, the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, JewishGen, and the Chief Rabbinate of Poland.

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An Exclusive Preview of the 2021 Virtual IAJGS Conference
May 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Judi Missel
Join us for an exclusive preview of the 2021 Virtual IAJGS Conference. Judi Gyory Missel, a member of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group, has been fascinated by genealogy for over 30 years. Being the first of her family born in America and the child of Holocaust survivors, history and family have always been important. Judi offers presentations and classes on basic genealogy research, Hungarian research, and Holocaust resources to a variety of audiences. She has also spoken about her visit to the Arolsen Archives in Germany. Professionally, Judi has researched and published genealogy reports for a range of Jewish and non-Jewish clients from Mayflower families, Scottish clans, to Native Americans. Judi received the IAJGS Volunteer of the Year award in 2019.
In Advance of Shavuot: Salad Recipes from Sarina’s Sephardic Cuisine
May 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Sarina Roffé
Cookbook author Sarina Roffé will use recipes from her cookbook to demonstrate the art of mezze, typically served before a meal in the Middle East, or before the Sabbath lunch meal. A proper mezze table will have at least four to six salads, served on small plates. Sarina will demonstrate how to make several salads and show us how to set the mezze table. Sarina Roffé is a career journalist and holds a BA in journalism, an MA in Jewish Studies and an MBA. She is the editor of Dorot for JGS of NY, the author of Branching Out from Sepharad, Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads, and Backyard Kitchen: The Main Course. Sarina speaks often at genealogy ad historical conferences and has written hundreds of articles. She has researched numerous genealogies and is considered an expert in Syrian Jewry. She is a former member of the IAJGS board, Chair of the JewishGen Sephardic Research Division, co-chair of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. Sarina presents often at IAJGS and historical conferences and has completed over a dozen genealogies, through her genealogy consulting business, Sephardic Genealogical Journeys.
Researching Jewish Families in America: Focus on Southern Jewish Resources
May 25, 2021 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Speakers: Jeremy Katz, Ellen Kowitt, Josh Parshall, Dale Rosengarten, Anna Tucker
Jeremy Katz, Senior Director of Archives at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, holds a B.A. degree in History from The Ohio State University, a M.A. degree in Public History from Wright State University, as well as a certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. After completing a post-graduate internship at the American Jewish Archives, Mr. Katz joined the staff at the Breman Museum in 2013. Since then, he has worked to grow, preserve, and increase access to the Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Archives for Southern Jewish History at the Breman Museum. He has been recognized for his work by receiving the Atlanta Jewish Times’ 40 Under 40 Award and the Marilyn Shubin Professional Development Award. He is the author of The Jewish Community of Atlanta (Arcadia Publishing, 2021).
Ellen Kowitt is Director of JewishGen’s USA Research Division. She is past president of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Colorado and Greater Washington, DC, and she served for three years on the IAJGS board of directors. Ellen publishes articles in Family Tree Magazine and Avotaynu, and she lectures frequently on genealogy topics. Ellen has completed ProGen, attends genealogy institute programs, and is a member of the Colorado Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists. In 2020, she was appointed National Vice Chair of a newly -created Daughters of the American Revolution Jewish Task Force.
Dr. Josh Parshall has served as the Director of the ISJL History Department since July 2017. This is his second stint at the ISJL, having previously worked as oral historian from 2009 to 2013. His academic interests include American Jewish culture and politics, Yiddish language and culture, and southern studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his dissertation research focused on southern branches of the Arbeter Ring (Workers Circle).
Dale Rosengarten, founding curator of the Jewish Heritage Collection and former director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture—both at the College of Charleston—earned her B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Working with McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, she developed the travelling exhibition A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life (2002–03) and co-edited (with Theodore Rosengarten) a book by the same name. She was co-curator (with Adam Mendelsohn) of the exhibition By Dawn’s Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War, which opened at Princeton University Art Museum in 2016, and travelled later that year to the New-York Historical Society under the title, The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World.
Anna Tucker is the curator at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE), opening in New Orleans in May 2021. She graduated summa cum laude from the history programs at Berry College (B.A.) and Georgia State University (M.A.), and has over a decade of experience in the museum field. Prior to joining the MSJE, she served as the special projects curator for the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books at Kennesaw State University and was a member of the executive team overseeing the Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Bentley Rare Book Museum, and Zuckerman Museum of Art.
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Portuguese Jews: Names & History
April 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider
The case of the so-called "Portuguese" Jews (Western Sephardim) is exceptional in the Jewish history: a mass conversion to Christianity at the end of the 15th century and a gradual return to the religion of their ancestors generations later. The debate about the reasons of this return and the degree of "Jewishness" of members of these communities (primarily in such cities as Amsterdam, London, Hamburg, Livorno, Venice, Bordeaux, and Bayonne) never ceased. Considerations of certain authors are passionate and more closely related to ideological rather than scientific factors. The analysis of names used in these communities allows to shed some (ideologically neutral) light on these complex and fascinating pages of the Jewish history.
Post 1492 Sephardic Dispersion and a Guide to Sephardic Genealogy
April 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Sarina Roffé
Sarina Roffé is a career journalist and holds a BA in journalism, an MA in Jewish Studies and an MBA. She is the editor of Dorot for JGS of NY, the author of Branching Out from Sepharad, Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads, and Backyard Kitchen: The Main Course. Sarina speaks often at genealogy ad historical conferences and has written hundreds of articles. She has researched numerous genealogies and is considered an expert in Syrian Jewry. She is a former member of the IAJGS board, Chair of the JewishGen Sephardic Research Division, co-chair of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. Sarina presents often at IAJGS and historical conferences and has completed over a dozen genealogies, through her genealogy consulting business, Sephardic Genealogical Journeys.
What Jewish Genealogists Need to Know about Jewish Given Names
April 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Sallyann Amdur Sack
Founding chair of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy; past president of IAJGS and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award; editor and co-owner of AVOTAYNU the International Review of Jewish Genealogy; founder of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, author or co-author of seven genealogy books; chair or co-chair of seven IAJGS conferences.
Highlighting the Partnership Between Gesher Galicia and JewishGen
March 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Steven Turner
Steven Turner was already curious about Galicia as a small boy, when he spent the holidays davening at a Galitzianer shul with his grandparents in Brooklyn, NY. That was the start of his journey into genealogy, as he tried to prove that his family surname was never changed. He has written about this journey as a blogger for the Times of Israel and in various genealogical publications. He joined the board of Gesher Galicia in 2017 and became its President in 2019. Gesher Galicia is a special interest group (SIG) of JewishGen but maintains its independence with its own website and databases, www.geshergalicia.org. A product of the New York City public schools, Steven has a BA in Sociology from Queens College and a D.D.S. from the NYU College of Dentistry. He has a private practice in General Dentistry and Facial Cosmetics in Howard Beach, NY.
What we can learn from Prenumeranten lists?
March 16 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Elli Fischer
Elli Fischer is an independent writer, translator, and editor. He is editor of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's Peninei Halakha series in English and cofounder of HaMapah, an project that applies quantitative analysis to rabbinic literature. He is a founding editor of The Lehrhaus, and his writing has appeared in numerous Jewish publications. Among the issues he writes about are religion and politics in Israel; the interplay between legal and nonlegal elements of the Talmud; Jewish religious culture; and Central European Jewish History. Previously, he was the JLIC rabbi and campus educator at the University of Maryland. He holds degrees from Yeshiva University, rabbinical ordination from Israel's Chief Rabbinate, and is working toward a doctorate in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. Originally from Baltimore, he currently resides in Modiin, Israel, with his wife and four children.
The fate of Holocaust victims in Yad Vashem's documentation and Projects*
March 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Serafima Velkovich
Serafima Velkovich has been working at Yad Vashem for 15 years. She is a PhD Candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A researcher in the Reference and Information Department of the Yad Vashem Archives division, Velkovich was closely involved in the indexing and digitization of names material from Eastern Europe in Yad Vashem`s databases. She lectures on the use of Yad Vashem resources for genealogical and other research to various groups, as well as to visiting genealogists and organizations who make use of genealogical tools for their research. She participates in the international conferences and films on the Holocaust topics. *Presented in partership with Yad Vashem.
Women of Sefarad
March 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Prof. Renee Levine Melammed
JewishGen.org is proud to co-host this event with the Jewish Heritage Alliance, which will focus on the courage and determination of the Women of Sefarad. The forced conversions of the Jews in Spain changed the face of Spanish Jewry. The dismantling of Jewish institutions by the Inquisition rendered the home as the gatekeeper of Jewish traditions. The role of the woman as wife and in charge of children and household, made her the transmitter of family traditions and culture.
Roots of Jews in Italy: Names and History
March 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider
Dr. Alexander Beider has a PhD in applied mathematics, and a second PhD in the domain of Jewish studies. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools allowing to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Jewish surnames. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.
Pre-Purim Party!
February 23, 2021 @ 2:00 PM EST
Haman's Henchmen: Karen Franklin, Jordan Auslander, Ron Arons, Nolan Altman
Karen Franklin is director of family research at the Leo Baeck Institute; co-founder and president of the jury of the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards; Past co-chair of JewishGen's Board of Governors; Past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award; Past President of the Council of American Jewish Museums.
Jordan Auslander is a forensic genealogist, title and real estate historian; Author of "Index to Jewish records in Slovakia," and "A genealogical gazetteer of Greater Hungary."
Ron Arons has traced his roots to Lithuania, Poland, Romania, England, Belarus, and the Ukraine. In 2006, Ron appeared on the PBS TV series The Jewish Americans. He has published three books including The Jews of Sing Sing and, most recently, Mind Maps for Genealogy. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Nolan Altman was bit by the "genealogy bug" when he was inspired to write his family history in 1996 in memory of his mother. As Director of Data Acquisition, and coordinator of JewishGen's Holocaust Database, Memorial Plaques, and JOWBR projects, Nolan works with volunteers from around the world helping to grow both databases for the benefit of family members and researchers.
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Zachor: Yizkor Books As Collective Memory Of A Lost World
February 16, 2021 @ 2:00 PM EST
Speakers: Lance Ackerfeld, Joel Alpert, Joyce Field
Joel Alpert is a retired electrical engineer, who worked for MIT, Raytheon, the Israeli Armaments Authority and Bell Laboratories. He was born and educated in Wisconsin, lived in Israel, Boston and Tucson. He created the Yizkor-Books-In-Print project in 2012 and is now the coordinator of the project.
Joyce Field lives in West Lafayette, IN and was associated with JewishGen from 1997-2008. Joyce became a JewishGen Vice President of Research in August 1999. She supervised three major projects for JewishGen: the Yizkor Book Translations Project, the Holocaust Database, and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR). Joyce was presented two prestigious awards for her work with JewishGen. In 2002 the Yizkor Book Project received the IAJGS Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy Award. IAJGS is the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies. In 2009, she was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by IAJGS.
Lance was born in Australia and settled on Kibbutz Yiftah, Israel in 1977 where he has lived with his family since then. By day, he is presently a senior database and BI expert in the global “Netafim” company and after work, devotes time to the Yizkor Book Project in which he has been involved in various capacities since 1999 and has led the project for more than 10 years.
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PANEL: Polish-Jewish Genealogy & Protecting Polish Jewish Cemeteries
February 9, 2021 @ 2:00 PM EST
Speakers: Gideon Taylor, Robinn Magid, Dan Oren, Piotr Puchta, Avraham Groll

Gideon Taylor, B.C.L., Chair of Operations, World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and Co-Chair of The Foundation for Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ). He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Fordham University.
Robinn Magid is Assistant Director of JRI-Poland.org and a recent recipient of the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. She recently became the project manager of the JRI-Poland “NextGen Project” to redesign the JRI-Poland website, search engine and database. She was chair of the 2018 IAJGS conference in Warsaw, Poland and the 2020 IAJGS conference held via internet.
Dan A. Oren, MD is founder and volunteer president of the Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the physical sites of Jewish history in Poland. He is author of two historical books: Joining The Club: A History of Jews and Yale and The Wedding Photo (a history of genealogical investigations). He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Yale University
Piotr Puchta is in his second year as director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODŻ), a partnership of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) and the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland. A Polish diplomat from 1985 to 2019, Mr. Puchta served two years as Chairperson of the Polish delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). FODŻ has responsibility for countless abandoned Jewish cemeteries in Poland.
Avraham Groll serves as Executive Director of JewishGen.org. He partners together with a global network of volunteers in overseeing the premier online resource for Jewish genealogy. With a goal of preserving Jewish family history and heritage for future generations, JewishGen provides amateur and professional researchers with unparalleled access to millions of records, networking opportunities, and a treasure trove of historical and community information.
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Roots of Jews in North Africa: Names and History.
February 2, 2021 @ 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider
Dr. Alexander Beider has a PhD in applied mathematics, and a second PhD in the domain of Jewish studies. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools allowing to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Jewish surnames. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.
Workshop(RUSSIAN): Researching Your Bessarabian and Transnistria Jewish Roots with JewishGen.org
January 17, 2021 @ 12:00 PM EST
Speakers: Inna Vayner & Yefim Kogan
Inna Vayner was born in Tiraspol, Moldova and immigrated with her family to the United States in 2002. Inna is co-Director of the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division, and is also a professional genealogist and a founder of findyourcousins.com.
Yefim Kogan was born in Kishinev, Moldova. After immigrating from the USSR in 1989 he has engaged in extensive genealogical and historical research. Yefim is co-Director of the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division - which he organized in 2011 - and continues to work on multiple projects and present at conferences. In 2012, he received a Master in Jewish Liberal Studies from Hebrew College Boston, with a focus on Jewish Cultural History.

Previous Programs 2020

Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death
December 30, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. David G. Marwell
Dr. David G. Marwell has had a distinguished career in public history. He spent nine years at the US Department of Justice, where, as Chief of Investigative Research, he conducted research in support of the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States. As a part of this effort, he played major roles in the Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele investigations and helped to author the two major reports that resulted. In 1988, he became the (last) Director of the Berlin Document Center, a repository for captured personnel-related files of the Nazi Party and its component organizations. He has previously served as Associate Museum Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Director and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC.
Introducing the JewishGen Crypto Jewish Collection (SPANISH)
December 22, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EST
Speaker: Genie Milgrom
Director of JewishGen's Crypto Jewish Research Division; Award winning author of "My 15 Grandmothers"; Past President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies at Colorado Springs; President of Tarbut Sefarad Fermoselle; Board Member of Kulanu
Roots of Jews from Ottoman Empire: Names and History
December 16, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider
Dr. Alexander Beider has a PhD in applied mathematics, and a second PhD in the domain of Jewish studies. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools allowing to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Jewish surnames. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.
Workshop: Researching Your Bessarabian and Transnistria Jewish Roots with JewishGen.org
*Requires a JewishGen account
December 13, 2020 @ 12:00 PM EST
Speakers: Inna Vayner & Yefim Kogan
Inna Vayner was born in Tiraspol, Moldova and immigrated with her family to the United States in 2002. Inna is co-Director of the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division, and is also a professional genealogist and a founder of findyourcousins.com.
Yefim Kogan was born in Kishinev, Moldova. After immigrating from the USSR in 1989 he has engaged in extensive genealogical and historical research. Yefim is co-Director of the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division - which he organized in 2011 - and continues to work on multiple projects and present at conferences. In 2012, he received a Master in Jewish Liberal Studies from Hebrew College Boston, with a focus on Jewish Cultural History.
Roots of Jews from Eastern Europe: Names, Language, and History
December 9, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider
Dr. Alexander Beider has a PhD in applied mathematics, and a second PhD in the domain of Jewish studies. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools allowing to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Jewish surnames. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.
The Genetic Origins of the Jewish People - Hanukkah 2020 Edition
December 2, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Adam Brown
Adam is a frequent lecturer on genealogical subjects at conferences all over the world, is Managing Editor of AvotaynuOnline.com, and was National Co-Chair of the IAJGS 2017 conference in Orlando. A strategic planner by profession, he has led numerous boards and commissions pertaining to municipal planning and finance, Jewish education, and scientific research in Israel.
The History of the Geography of New York City
November 18, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Morse
Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received numerous awards including both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution nearly 40 years ago.
Introducing the JewishGen Crypto Jewish Collection
November 10 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Genie Milgrom
Director of JewishGen's Crypto Jewish Research Division; Award winning author of "My 15 Grandmothers"; Past President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies at Colorado Springs; President of Tarbut Sefarad Fermoselle; Board Member of Kulanu.
Translating Russian Documents for the Non-Russian Speaker
October 21 @ 2:30 PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Alan Levine
Dr. Alan Levine received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University, and has been been a professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA since 1983. He started researching his family in 2004. Some of his paternal grandmother's family (surname TETELMAN) came from Teleneshti and Kishinev. In 2007, he contacted Bob Wascou (z'l) about doing some translations of vital records from Russian. After Bob's passing, he has been volunteering for Yefim Kogan and the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division.
What the Jewish Genealogist Needs to Know About Jewish Names
July 22 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Sallyann Sack
Founding chair of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy; past president of IAJGS and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award; editor and co-owner of AVOTAYNU the International Review of Jewish Genealogy; founder of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, author or co-author of seven genealogy books; chair or co-chair of seven IAJGS conferences.
From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask.
July 15 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Morse
Creator of the award-winning One-Step Website; Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society; Best known as the architect of the Intel 8086, which sparked the PC revolution 35 years ago.
Manifest Destiny: Names at Ellis Island
July 8 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Joel Weintraub
Award winning Professor emeritus at California State University Fullerton; Creator search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses via SteveMorse.org; Currently developing locational tools for the 2022 release of the 1950 federal census.
Rescue and Resettlement: Researching Refugees from Nazi Europe*
July 1 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Karen Franklin
Director of family research at the Leo Baeck Institute; co-founder and president of the jury of the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards; Past co-chair of JewishGen's Board of Governors; Past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award; Past President of the Council of American Jewish Museums. *In partnership with Leo Baeck Institute and JGS of NY
Privacy and Genealogy: What Are The Rules?
June 24 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg
Director of the JewishGen Austria-Czech Research Division; Attorney specializing in cases related to looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazis as featured in the 2015 film Woman in Gold; Past President of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
Researching NYC Resources Remotely*
June 17 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Jordan Auslander
Forensic genealogist, title and real estate historian; Author of "Index to Jewish records in Slovakia," and "A genealogical gazetteer of Greater Hungary." *In partnership with the JGS of NY
Getting Started with JewishGen.org & Jewish Genealogy
June 10 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Avraham Groll
Executive Director of JewishGen.org
Tracing your Jewish Roots through Catholic and Inquisition records*
June 3 @ 7:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Genie Milgrom
Award winning author of "My 15 Grandmothers"; Past President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies at Colorado Springs; President of Tarbut Sefarad Fermoselle; Board Member of Kulanu.*In Partnership with the American Sephardi Federation

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