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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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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.

JGS provides access to exclusive databases found no where else on the web.  In addition, members receive special access to databases at and discounts at "Friends of Jewish Genealogical Society."


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NEXT MEETING: November 23, 2014 at 2 PM

No One Remembers Alone: Memory, Migration, and the Making of an American Family

Speaker: Patricia Klindienst

Patricia Klindienst will speak about the exhibit she created – first mounted at the Yiddish Book Center and now scheduled to open at Yale’s Slifka Center in October – called No One Remembers Alone:  Memory, Migration, and the Making of an American Family"  The exhibit grew out of six years of research reconstructing the migration stories of a family of Jews who fled Czarist Russia at the turn of the 20th century.  The resulting visual and narrative mosaic recreates, through the story of one family, the situation in Russia that moved Jews to leave, and the heated immigration debate in the US as millions of immigrant Jews arrived. Beginning with the story of two young lovers, Abram and Sophie, who fled Czarist Russia following the failed revolution of 1905, the exhibit recreates the migration story of an entire family of Russian Jews scattered across three continents. Drawn from hundreds of archival photographs, postcards, and documents entrusted to her by dozens of family members,


Writer, teacher, scholar, and public speaker, Patricia Klindienst has made the American immigrant experience her subject for more than a decade.

After earning degrees from Hampshire College, Boston University, and Stanford University, she began her career as an interdisciplinary scholar at Yale.  An award-winning scholar and teacher, she left the profession and began to write for a broader audience.

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.



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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