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2020
November, 2020
Speaker: Judy Baston Do you want to know more about your Litvak heritage? LitvakSIG’s searchable All Lithuania Database (ALD) provides the primary foundation for Litvak genealogical research, with translations of over 2.2 million Jewish records, census and vital records key among them.  Also in the ALD database are data from records in Lithuanian archives for a number of towns in Belarus and Poland. This presentation will survey the LitvakSIG database and website, as well as other major resources for Litvak research, such as JewishGen, Yad Vashem and district research groups. Learn how to determine what records are available and how to ...
December, 2020
Speaker: Diana Korzenik Brooklyn native Dr. Diana Korzenik began work on her book Lithuania to Brooklyn, The Rabbi Daniel and Minnie Shapiro Family in order to preserve and document her large collection of her maternal grandparents' family objects now in the possession of the Yeshiva University Museum. First written for the Museum and for her ancestors' many descendants, the book keeps finding a wider audience. Departing from her family’s years of silence about the Old World, she reveals what no one had told her about the treasures and pains of her grandparents’ Lithuanian and Brooklyn Jewish lives. The author's talk will be in two parts. First ...