Before the Holocaust: Jews of Tetiev – documentary film project
Susan Kirkman Zake will share her efforts to document Jewish families who fled a series of pogroms in Tetiev, Ukraine, from 1918 to 1920 during the Ukrainian War of Independence.
"Dante’s Inferno pales beside the realities of every day life [for Jews] in the Ukraine," according to a report issued by the Committee of Jewish Delegations in 1920. The pogroms perpetrated at this time killed an estimated one hundred thousand and were the most extensive massacres of Jews prior to the Holocaust. This documentary and oral history project tells the story of hundreds of Jews from the town of Tetiev who made their way to Cleveland, Ohio, and established vibrant communities on the city's East Side.
Susan Kirkman Zake is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, where she teaches multimedia storytelling, web programming for multimedia journalism, reporting public affairs, data reporting and media ethics.
Before joining the faculty at Kent, Susan was the managing editor for multimedia and special projects at the Akron Beacon Journal, where she began work as a staff photographer in 1986. Over a 20-year career, she worked as an assignment editor, picture editor, graphics editor, assistant metro editor and assistant managing editor.
She also shares in three Pulitzer Prize team awards; for coverage of the attempted takeover of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.; for A Question of Color, which examined local attitudes toward race; and for coverage of Hurricane Katrina as part of a Knight Ridder editing team working for the Biloxi Sun Herald.
Genetic genealogist Israel Pickholtz will discuss how he enjoyed significant successes using DNA to sort out relationships in his family, despite the "Jewish problem" of marriages within the tribe. The lessons he will discuss are relevant to both Jewish and general genealogy.
Israel Pickholtz has lived in Israel since 1973 and now resides in Jerusalem. He has done serious family research for nearly twenty years. His flagship work is the Pikholz Project, a single-surname project to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants.
Alongside his work as a professional genealogist, taking clients in Israel and abroad, Pickholtz became heavily involved in genetic genealogy in 2013. He manages test kits of over ninety family members at last count. In August 2015 he published a book "ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People," available at www.endogamy-one-family.com . He blogs at http://allmyforeparents.blogspot.com and receives mail at IsraelP@pikholz.org.
Schedule of future meetings and events:
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 1:30 PM at Park Synagogue