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2017
June, 2017
  Meeting of Gesher Galicia members and friends from the New York area. Please join us for an overview of new genealogy-focused projects and online tools available through Gesher Galicia.  
Speaker: Andrew Zalewski   The talk Galician Portraits: The Story of Jews, Gentiles, and Emperors brings to life the Jewish community of Galicia. The speaker’s personal genealogical discoveries are intertwined within a larger historical context. Coming from outside of the Jewish community, the imperial edicts are both stifling and inspiring — the laws about Jewish marriages, surnames, secular schools, military service, and land ownership bring a dizzying pace of changes but also plenty of controversies. Coming from inside the Jewish community of Galicia, which is more diverse and vibrant than typically acknowledged, there is a wave of the Jewish Enlightenment — biting ...
September, 2017
    Speaker: Jeffrey S. Gurock   Using periodicals, memoirs, interviews and genealogical materials, Jeffrey S. Gurock tells the story of what was once the second largest Jewish community in America, a neighborhood that declined Jewishly in the 1920s and is re-emerging again today with prospects for future growth in 21st century Gotham. A life–long New Yorker with family roots in Harlem that date back more than a century Jeffrey S. Gurock is the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University. He is the author or editor of eighteen books and over 100 scholarly articles. In 2013, his book Jews of Gotham ...