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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
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.

Dr. Sean Martin

Cleveland's Jewish community played an active role helping Soviet Jews emigrate from the Soviet Union and resettle in the United States, and especially in Cleveland, from the 1960s to the 1990s. Approximately 12,000 Soviet Jews came to Cleveland during these years. The recently completed the Soviet Jewish Oral History Collection documents the experiences of 81 of these immigrants. Dr. Sean Martin will discuss how WRHS worked with the local community on this project and share what he has learned about oral histories and the Soviet Jewish immigrants in Northeast Ohio.

Dr. Sean Martin has been Associate Curator for Jewish History at Western Reserve Historical Society since 2005. He studied Jewish, Russian, and East European history at The Ohio State University. Among his publications are Jewish Life in Cracow, 1918-1939; A Stitch in Time: The Cleveland Garment Industry; and the forthcoming For the Good of the Nation: Institutions for Jewish Children in Interwar Poland (Academic Studies Press, 2017). He has taught at Gratz College, John Carroll University, and Case Western Reserve University. Martin also serves as part of the curatorial staff for the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and he served as a research consultant to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

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

How To Use Newspapers To Research Family Stories

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

  Ken Bravo

Newspapers contain a wealth of information about our families; not only the usual birth, marriage and death announcements, but, often more importantly, what relatives did in the years in between. Bravo will demonstrate the types of information to be found and then explain how to locate and research newspapers, both large and small, general and Jewish specific, which published in the towns and cities of ancestors.

Ken Bravo retired as a partner at the Cleveland based law firm of Ulmer & Berne where his practice focused on business litigation, the defense of white-collar criminal matters and securities related litigation and arbitration.

Since the mid-1970ís Kenís hobby has been genealogy. In that endeavor, he has located relatives (both living and deceased) all over the United States as well as in Canada, South America, Russia, Great Britain, Israel and Australia. In an effort to preserve more information for his now eight grandchildren, he expanded his research to include the families of his childrenís spouses.

Currently, Ken serves as the Vice President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). He is a past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland. Ken also belongs to the Ohio Genealogical Society and the East Ohio Genealogical Society. He is a frequent speaker on multiple subjects regarding genealogy research and has spoken at RootsTech, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the East Ohio Genealogical Society, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Annual International Conference, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, the Northeast Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society.

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

Jewish marriage and divorce documents:
their use to genealogists

Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria
Bínai Jeshurun Congregation

Sunday
October 22, 2017
at
Laurel School

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'
Laurel School, and Kol Israel Foundation

NOTE the DATE  and Location for this special meeting.

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

 

To see a listing  of our past programs
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