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.