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2021
April, 2021
Members-only Zoom visit to the newly opened ANU Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv. Founded 42 years ago as the Museum of the Diaspora Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum has been transformed and has tripled its space, making it the largest Jewish museum in the world.  During this virtual tour, a senior educator at the Museum will tell us about its new Core Exhibition, which explores the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish people. We will visit Synagogue Hall and the exhibition Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study — Synagogues Past and Present, which portrays the diverse expression of global Jewish life related to the synagogue. ...
May, 2021
Speaker: Marian Smith Marian Smith will present an overview of three historical eras (1820-Present) of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool (included in the handout), she will demonstrate how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Marian Smith retired in 2018 after thirty years as an Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), later US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She now speaks to groups on US immigration and ...
June, 2021
Speaker: Renee Steinig In the course of decades of genealogical research for family, friends, clients, and, occasionally, complete strangers, Renee Steinig has uncovered many a "skeleton in the closet" — cases of mental illness, illegitimate birth, infidelity, abandonment, and even murder, all hushed up for decades. A Viennese refugee whose baby was born in a New York State psychiatric hospital; a suburban businessman who led two lives; a Romanian immigrant hanged — or so his family thought — for "stealing horses;" a Jewish GI's love affair in Belgium during World War II; a young woman who married, had a baby, then ...