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2017
October, 2017
  Speaker: Emily H. GarberCo-Sponsored by JewishGen.org at the Museum of Jewish Heritage / Lucille Gudis Memorial Lecture When several communities in Eastern Europe have similar names and their names have been changed over the years, it may be difficult to unambiguously identify one's family’s shtetl of origin. Considering the investment in time and energy in researching one's family shtetl, it is imperative that one get it right. Yet we do not often apply rigor in identifying our family’s communities of origin. The genealogical proof standard requires rigor in our research methodology. With its application and a well-designed research plan, we assure ...
November, 2017
Woman knitting outside Majdanek concentration camp, wartime forced labor and killing center. Most of the camp’s original buildings and grounds remain intact. The camp-museum is open to the public. Lublin, 1975. ©Chuck Fishman Special Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. Event on November 5th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Roots, Resilience and Renewal: A Portrait of Polish Jews, 1975-2016, by Chuck Fishman.   Join us for a private exhibition talk for Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. members and guests, by photographer Chuck Fishman on Sunday, November 5, at the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home in Riverdale, located at 5901 Palisade Avenue in the Riverdale section of ...
  Speaker: Samuel Norich  Co-sponsored by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research   In this presentation, Samuel Norich, president of the Forward Association, the not-for-profit publisher of the Forward and the Forverts, will provide an overview of the role the Yiddish Forward has played for American Jews for the past 120 years. He will examine the features and innovations that made it the most widely read Jewish publication in the world for the first six decades of the 20th century, and now make it a resource for historians and others delving into the Jewish communities of America and Europe of those times.     Samuel Norich has ...
December, 2017
Speaker: Marisa Fox New York journalist Marisa Fox knew her mother as Tamar Fromer Fox, a self-proclaimed freedom fighter and hero of the Israeli War of Independence. But Tamar’s Polish roots were more elusive. “I’m a Zionist and Israeli,” she would proudly say, avoiding any conversation of how she escaped the fate that claimed her own mother and large family who were murdered in Auschwitz. Then nearly 20 years after Tamar died, Marisa discovers her mother had a hidden identity and goes in search of it. Her quest takes her to her mother’s Polish hometown, where she finds vital records bearing ...