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Upcoming Programs: January-March 2021

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.
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.
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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.

Previous Programs

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
Getting Started with JewishGen.org & Jewish Genealogy
June 10 @ 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Avraham Groll
Executive Director of JewishGen.org
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.

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