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The Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGS) was founded in New York in 1977, becoming the first of what are now over 80 such societies worldwide. In the years since its founding, the JGS membership has grown to more than 1,000, with members from both the New York metropolitan area as well as elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. The JGS presents innovative programming and seminars over the years, including monthly meetings with guest lecturers from a variety of disciplines; field trips to cemeteries, libraries and archives and workshops.

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NEXT MEETING: February 22, 2015

Topic: Ancient Texts Lead to Genealogical Discoveries: Genealogical Resources at The Jewish Theological Seminary.   

Speaker:  Dr. Janette Silverman


The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York is off the radar screen for many genealogists.  Yet its library is a treasure, home to almost half a million volumes including manuscripts, rare books and archives.  The archives are a rich repository of records of Jewish communities, institutions and prominent individuals in the US and Europe.  In Dr. Janette Silverman’s presentation, we will take a digital trip and explore some of the unique resources of the JTS archives.  Among these are transcriptions of notes, memos and correspondence between the State Department and offices in Vienna, St. Petersburg, Warsaw and Bucharest from 1863-1906 that concern the legal position and persecution of Jews; and correspondence and notes about the Jewish community in France from the 1700's until after WWII. We will also explore a variety of ketubot and mohel books and discuss the ways that all of these materials can advance our research.

Janette, who holds a doctoral degree in Jewish studies, is Outreach Director for the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. She is also a professional genealogist and owner of the genealogy consulting firm RelativaTree.  Active as a volunteer in genealogical activities, she is the JewishGen Ukraine SIG Coordinator; a Moderator of the JewishGen Discussion Group; a volunteer for the New York Family History Center; and former President of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Society.

 Come join us at the Lunch & Learn in the Chapel at 12:30 PM prior to the meeting.  This Lunch & Learn will cover a special topic - Ukraine Reseach.  You will have the change to meet with our speaker who is the JewishGen Ukraine SIG Coordinator. 

 Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan.

 Admission: JGS members are free, guests pay $5 at the door

 The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at CJH will be open before the meeting at 11:00 a.m. for access to research materials and computers and networking with other researchers.




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Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc.
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