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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:  March 22, 2015

Topic: Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves


 Speaker:  Ron Aron

 For more than 40 years, people in the mental health and social services have used “family systems theory” to analyze family dynamics through multiple generations. Unfortunately, most genealogists don’t know much about family therapy.  Conversely, those in the mental health and social services fields know very little about genealogical research.  Yet genealogy and family therapy go hand in hand.   In this talk, Ron will introduce basic concepts of family systems theory.  He will also show how families can be represented a different way, using ‘genograms’ (social workers, family therapists, and psychologists use these ‘family diagrams’ every day to understand family dynamics in the family).


Ron Arons is a nationally recognized writer and lecturer, best known for his research on New York’s Jewish criminals and for his book, The Jews of Sing Sing. In the process of researching his own criminal ancestor’s past, Ron traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. He appeared on the PBS television series, “The Jewish Americans” as the acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals in New York’s Lower East Side.

Before turning his attention full-time to genealogy, Ron was employed for many years as a marketer for high-tech companies. He received a B.S. degree in Engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

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.
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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