Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

Our regular Wednesday evening meeting will be not be held in October this year. Instead, we will meet on
SUNDAY, October 22, 2017
at 2:00 PM at the
Laurel School-Lyman Campus
1 Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts.

Searching for Individuals in the International Tracing Service at the USHMM

Dr. Diane Afoumado
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Diane Afoumado

Dr. Diane F. Afoumado, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will share how to use the  International Tracing Service (ITS)digital collection.

Dr. Afoumado is chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Formerly assistant professor of contemporary history at the University of Paris 10-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, she worked for the two French commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a historian for the archival division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine - Mémorial de la Shoah. She has written several books and more than 20 articles related to the Holocaust.

For more information and to register for the event, contact the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at or 216-368-2091. Information can also be found on the website: Advance registration is preferred.

Dr. Afoumado’s appearance is jointly sponsored by
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
The Kol Israel Foundation
Siegal Life Long Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University
Laurel School
and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Our November meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY, November 8, 2017
at 7:30 PM in the
Miller Board Room at Menorah Park

How A SIG Can Further
Genealogy Research

Amy Wachs
Russ Maurer

Amy Wachs Russ Maurer

Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, bring together family history researchers with common interests. In Jewish genealogy, SIGs are organized around region of origin or special topics. Amy Wachs and Russ Maurer have extensive experience with a variety of SIGs, as users, volunteers, and in leadership positions. In their presentation, they will draw on their knowledge to explain how SIGs work and how SIGs can help genealogy research.

Amy Wachs is the current President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland. She is a member of the Board of LitvakSIG, and Coordinator for the Trakai District Research Group.

Russ Maurer is active in Jewish genealogy, including serving as a member of the board of LitvakSIG and coordinator for the Klaipeda district research group.

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Between December and March,
our meetings will
normally be held on the
first Sunday afternoon
of each month at 1:30 PM
in the Men's Club Lounge
Park Synagogue East
27500 Shaker Blvd
Pepper Pike

Between April and November,
our meetings are
normally held on the
first Wednesday evening
of each month at 7:30 PM
in the Miller Board Room
Menorah Park
27100 Cedar Road

Schedule of future meetings and events:

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00 PM at Laurel School
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:30 PM at Menorah Park
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM at Park Synagogue East

August 6-10, 2018 - IAJGS Conference in Warsaw, Poland

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