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Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

Between April and November, unless noted otherwise, we meet at 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month in the Miller Board Room on the second floor of Menorah Park, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood. For a MapQuest map, click here.

Between December and March, we will normally meet at 1:30 pm on the first Sunday of each month in the Men's Club Lounge at Park Synagogue East, 27500 Shaker Blvd, Pepper Pike. For a MapQuest map, click here.

Meetings are free and open to members, their guests and other interested persons.

Upcoming programs

Wednesday
May 3, 2017
7:30 PM
at
Menorah Park

NE Ohio Jews and the Civil War

Peter Haas,
Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies Emeritus
Department of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University

Professor Peter Haas

Professor Peter Haas will share his recent research on the role of Jews from Northeast Ohio in the Civil War at the Wednesday, May 3rd meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.

During the Civil War, Jews participated in the War as part of the communities in which they lived and worked, and were similarly affected by its various aftermaths. Jews were drafted into, or volunteered for, Ohio infantry units, fought in numerous battles, were wounded or killed along with their gentile neighbors, and occasionally even rose to high ranks. In contrast to Europe, the American Civil War showed that Jews here were facing an unprecedented level of social, political and economic openness.

Dr. Peter Haas received his B.A. from the University of Michigan after which he received ordination as a Reform rabbi from Hebrew Union College. He served as an active U.S. Army chaplain for three years, remaining in the Army National Guard Chaplain Corps for another 19 years. Rabbi Haas earned a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Brown University. He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 1980, where he taught courses in Judaism, Jewish ethics, the Holocaust, Western religion, and the Middle East Conflict. Dr. Haas moved to Case Western Reserve University in 2000 and was appointed chair of the Department of Religious Studies in 2003, a post he held until 2015; he fully retired in the summer of 2016.

He currently volunteers as a docent for the Maltz Museum, as a chaplain for the pastoral care department of South Pointe Hospital and as a CASA for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. He prepared an article about the Jews of Northeast Ohio during the Civil War for a forthcoming publication of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Sunday
May 7, 2017

Lineage Society Luncheon

Wednesday
June 7, 2017
7:30 PM
at
Menorah Park

Make the Most of Family Search.org

Betty Franklin
Westlake Family History Center

  Betty Franklin

Betty Franklin, a volunteer at the Westlake Family History Center will share how to use this free site for Jewish heritage research.

FamilySearch is an ever-growing site that aims to remain accessible to all. It provides records from around the world. Ms. Franklin will discuss the help center, wiki, the learning center, research strategies, and finding original records online or through microfilms. Betty Franklin’s background in family history extends over 20 years. She has been able to trace relatives to 1600 and notes, “It is so great to see pedigree sheets grow as people discover remarkable ancestors who overcame obstacles. We are a part of all who went before and can influence for good those who follow.”

Wednesday
July 12, 2017
7:30 PM
at
Menorah Park

Soviet Jewry Oral History Project.

Sean Martin, Ph.D.,
Associate Curator for Jewish History,
Western Reserve Historical Society.

Wednesday
August 2, 2017
7:30 PM
at
Menorah Park

Using Historical Newspapers

Ken Bravo,
Vice-President, IAJGS
and Past President, JGSC

Wednesday
September 6, 2017
7:30 PM
at
Menorah Park

Jewish marriage and divorce documents:
their use to genealogists

Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria
B’nai Jeshurun Congregation

Sunday
October 22, 2017
at
TBA

Searching for Individuals in the International Tracing Service at the USHMM

Dr. Diane Afoumado
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Co-sponsored by Siegal Lifelong Learning of Case Western Reserve University
and Kol Israel Foundation

NOTE the DATE for this special meeting.
Location to be announced

Wednesday
November 8, 2017
1:30 PM
at
Menorah Park

How a SIG can further genealogy research

Amy Wachs, JGSC president
and
Russ Maurer
 Litvak SIG board members and district coordinators

Sunday
December 3, 2017
1:30 PM
at
Park East

ANNUAL MEETING - Election of Officers
and
Report on the 2017 IAJGS Orlando conference.

NOTE the DATE, TIME and LOCATION
change as we switch to our winter schedule

 

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