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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Brainstorming with the Mavens

Time and Place:
Noon to 2pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: enter parking garage from Pierce Street 

Volunteers from the SFBAJGS will be on hand to help individuals with their family history research. The session includes group brainstorming, suggestions for problem solving, and research using the Jewish Community Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connections. Bring your materials and questions. Registration is requested but not required at (415) 567-3327, ext. 70


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Topic:
My Family: I Could Write a Book
Speaker:
Joan Adler

 
Time and Place:
Doors open 1pm, Program begins 1:30pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza Map
2180 Post Street, San Francisco 94115
Parking Information: Rhoda Goldman Plaza has a private, locked garage on Sutter, between Pierce and Scott.  It is in the middle of the block and large writing on the building says "Parking for Rhoda Goldman Plaza".  Pull up to the gate, press the RGP button on the box on the driver's side, say you are there for the genealogy society meeting, and the gate will be opened.  Then drive down the ramp to RGP's visitor parking.  Take the RGP elevator to the first floor, then make a right and a quick left turn, and walk down the hallway to the lobby.  There you register and the front desk staff will direct you to the Olive Room on the same floor.
 

One large branch of the Straus family moved from the Rheinpfalz area of Germany to the northern most parts of Washington State, where their experiences differed greatly from what they had known back in Germany but also from those of their German immigrant counterparts who settled in the eastern United States. This colorful bunch showed its spunk by accepting, even embracing, the rugged and often difficult life of a Jewish immigrant in the American frontier. Using their stories I will show how to flesh out the lives of these people by writing vignettes about them and how to publish these stories in book form or post them on a family Web page with photographs where available. This is one way to truly bring these people to life and to connect with your ancestors with a novel approach.

Joan Adler has been the executive director of the Straus Historical Society for the past 25 years, an organization she created. She considers her overall function to be social historian: placing the lives of the people in the Lazarus Straus family within the historical, political, and social contexts in which they lived. Genealogy provides the facts, but additional research including oral histories, writing, researching in newspapers, books, articles, and other documents provides the "color."


Monday, October 16, 2017

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Palo Alto is the new location for the Peninsula meetings:


Time and Place:
Doors open Doors open 7pm, Program begins 7:30pm
Congregation Etz Chayim Map
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
 

Topic:
My Family: I Could Write a Book
Speaker:
Joan Adler

One large branch of the Straus family moved from the Rheinpfalz area of Germany to the northern most parts of Washington State, where their experiences differed greatly from what they had known back in Germany but also from those of their German immigrant counterparts who settled in the eastern United States. This colorful bunch showed its spunk by accepting, even embracing, the rugged and often difficult life of a Jewish immigrant in the American frontier. Using their stories I will show how to flesh out the lives of these people by writing vignettes about them and how to publish these stories in book form or post them on a family Web page with photographs where available. This is one way to truly bring these people to life and to connect with your ancestors with a novel approach.

Joan Adler has been the executive director of the Straus Historical Society for the past 25 years, an organization she created. She considers her overall function to be social historian: placing the lives of the people in the Lazarus Straus family within the historical, political, and social contexts in which they lived. Genealogy provides the facts, but additional research including oral histories, writing, researching in newspapers, books, articles, and other documents provides the "color."


International Jewish Genealogy Month
October 21 to November 18, 2017


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Presentation for International Jewish Genealogy Month

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

Doors open 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
The Charytan-Berman Family Story: An Unintended Geneaological Quest
Speaker:
Eshel Haritan

Growing up in Israel, Eshel Haritan always wondered why he could recite his maternal family history, one of early settlers and pioneers, seven generations back but why he didn’t know anything about his father’s family. His paternal grandparents immigrated to Israel from Poland in 1934 and did not share their story, implicitly saying that their story was not worth telling. In 2011 Haritan was able to convince his father and uncle to go on a roots trip to Poland, but where would they go? What should they do? These questions started an unintended three-year research quest that led to an unforgettable family trip to Poland. The presentation will describe the research process he went through, peeling the onion, one layer at a time.

Eshel Haritan was born in Israel and has a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science. In 1996 he moved with his wife and two sons to Silicon Valley and has been working in electronic companies, including some start-ups. In 2014, after three years of research, he organized a family roots trip to Poland with 20 family members. The research and trip were followed by a family history book and soon by a family history video.


 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Membership Meeting

Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome.

Time and Place:

Doors open 12:30pm, Program begins 1pm
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA
Map

Topic:
Documenting The Vilna Ghetto Library
Speaker:
Judy Baston

Vilna – known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania – had a strong cultural tradition that endured and flourished after the Vilna Ghetto was established in 1941. Many historians believe the most important cultural institution in the Ghetto was the Vilna Ghetto Library, which became the center for Jewish secular cultural life. In the two years in which the Vilna Ghetto Library functioned, it had 6,800 readers. Documentation from the Vilna Ghetto Library includes lists of readers and in the library, and even a list of readers who did not return books. Most of these lists are from the Lithuanian State Central Archive in Vilnius and are also available in the Yad Vashem Archives in Jerusalem. The presentation will offer an overview of the significance of the Vilna Ghetto Library and will detail the various lists that have survived.

Judy Baston, LitvakSIG Vice President and board member of LitvakSIG and JRI-Poland, moderates the discussion groups for LitvakSIG, JRI-Poland, BialyGen, and Lodz and coordinates LitvakSIG’s Lida District Research Group. She has been involved with the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco for 25 years and coordinates its monthly genealogy clinic. Judy received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 IAJGS Conference in Jerusalem.


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