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“Ask the Experts” Panel at the JGS Annual Meeting and Membership Brunch on December 21st invites members to submit “brick wall” questions in advance

Here’s your chance to have a panel of experts – Karen Franklin, Robert Friedman, Avrum Geller, and Hadassah Lipsius – tackle your most challenging genealogical puzzles.  
You are invited to submit your questions via email to  by the end of November; panel members will then select the questions to be featured at the December event and will prepare in advance to address those questions.  We are looking for questions that raise methodological issues of broad interest as well as those that suggest a particularly good story.

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NEXT MEETING: December 21, 2014

Note time schedule below

The JGS 2014 Annual Meeting and holiday brunch will be held at Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st Street, Manhattan (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), on Sunday, December 21st at 11:00 a.m

After the brunch and the Annual Meeting of members and election of officers, the program will feature a panel of expert researchers in Jewish genealogy who will tackle family history puzzles that members have submitted in advance. Time permitting, panelists will address additional questions from the floor. 

Our “Ask the Experts” panel members:

 Karen Franklin is Director of the Family Research Project at the Leo Baeck Institute.  Chair of the Memorial Museums committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums), she has served as co-chair of the Board of Governors of, president of IAJGS, and chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums.  Karen is vice president of the Obermayer German Jewish History Award

 Robert J. Friedman was Director of the Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History from 2003-2007 and currently conducts research for individual clients.  He holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a certificate in Archives and Records Management. A former member of the Executive Council of JGS, his research has focused on both the U.S. and Eastern Europe.

 Avrum Geller has been a professional genealogist for more than 12 years.  A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Avrum served on the JGS Executive Council for many years.  He has conducted family history workshops and is a consultant to the community of genealogists for his expertise in New York area resources. 

 Hadassah Lipsius is a board member of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, as well as a member of the Board of Governors of JewishGen, Database Manager for the Warszawa Research Group, and a member of the Executive Council of the Jewish Genealogical Society.  Her expertise is in Polish Jewish Records.

 JGS members are invited to submit questions for our panelists before the end of November so that they can select and focus on those which will be presented at the December meeting. 

 Meeting schedule:

11:00 a.m. – Brunch service begins

12:00 to 12:30 – Annual meeting

12:30 to 2:00 – Ask the Experts panel presentation and Q&A




Mailing address:

Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 631
New York, NY 10113-0631



212-294-8318 (Note that the office is not staffed and it may take a while for someone to respond.)

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