Jan Meisels Allen
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Teaching the Holocaust Locally, Globally and Virtually at Temple Adat Elohim

May 1, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Dr. Levitsky will talk on how the Holocaust was experienced in the Jewish Catskills vacation areas and why she wrote a book about it; why the Shoah continues to be so important, and how the Shoah is being made relevant to the next generations. She will focus on the importance of teaching the Holocaust to new generations and how to make it relevant in a globalized, digitally connected world. See More
Apr 8
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When It Takes A Village at Temple Adat Elohim

April 4, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
    Sometimes tracking one’s immigrant ancestors tests all one’s research acumen. Identifying individuals, their origins, and parentage; tracking them through time; and constructing biographies to place them in their social context is best approached by broadening one’s approach to include family members, associates and neighbors. This presentation will outline a research program for solving genealogical research problems via cluster and collateral research techniques. See More
Mar 8
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Sephardic Records at the US Holocaust Museum at Temple Adat Elohim

March 6, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The Holocaust affected all the Jewish communities in Europe, including Sephardic communities in Greece, Bulgaria, other parts of the Balkans, North Africa and the Netherlands.  The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum holds both wartime and prewar records for many of these collections.  The Museum's library holds an extensive collection of rare books about Sephardic history, culture and language. Megan Lewis will discuss the USHMM’s Sephardic collection and how to best research the records.See More
Feb 15
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Afternoon at Family History Library at Family History Library

February 14, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm
Experienced JGSCV members and Family History Library volunteers will be available to help members at the  L.A. Family History Library's -- resources, including computer assistance with many popular genealogical databases including Ancestry.com FindMyPast, Fold3.com, MyHeritage (Library edition), ProQuest Obituaries, World Vital Records, and more! The LAFHL has many computers so everyone can use them simultaneously. In addition, there are Jewish microfilms of Eastern Europe and a selection of…See More
Jan 8
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Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level at Temple Adat Elohim

January 3, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
This program is a collection of “I wish I knew that when I was starting out” tips to maximize your research efforts. The speaker will share insights learned about how to extract information that isn’t immediately obvious from a wide variety of sources. Topics include names and name variations, strategies for researching common names, revisiting old research with new eyes, obtaining the most out of the records you find, alternate approaches to solving genealogical problems, differences in search…See More
Dec 2, 2015
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Jews, Liquor & Eastern European Life at Temple Adat Elohim

December 13, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
In pre-modern Poland the Jewish-run tavern was often the center of hospitality, business and even religious festivities.  The tavernkeepers became integral to both local economies and local social life. Reformers & government officials sought to drive Jews out of the liquor trade. Nobles often helped their Jewish tavernkeepers evade fees, bans and expulsions. The result – a vast underground Jewish liquor trade – reflects an impressive level of local Polish Jewish co-existence .that…See More
Nov 4, 2015
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Jewish Surnames at temple Adat Elohim

November 2, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
Learn when Jewish surnames were first used in various countries, how they developed, and their transformation upon immigration. This presentation will dispel several common myths about Jewish surnames. Classifications of surnames will include: patronymic/matronymic, toponymic, occupational, artificial, religious, and acronyms. Discover which Jewish surnames are the most common in the U.S., Eastern Europe and Israel, as well as sources for learning more about your surnames and how they may be…See More
Oct 11, 2015
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DNA from a User's Perspective at Temple Adat Elohim

June 7, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
DNA is a powerful tool for genealogy research. But understanding how DNA work is a little more complicated. There are several types of DNA testing:Y-DNA, X-DNA, mTDNA and autosomal. This presentation will provide a basic understanding of DNA, the different type of testing and how it is being used in genealogy research. Learn about DNA from a user’s perspective.See More
May 6, 2015
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You found the records, now what? at Temple Adat Elohim

May 2, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Jewish genealogy is focused on finding records, but not necessarily what to do with them once you find them.  What do you do when records show your grandfather with six different birthdates? When you have contradictory records, what should you believe? Did our ancestors ever lie to authorities? This interactive presentation will focus on questions to ask about the records you find and how to build a case to prove identities, ages, residence and other facts See More
Mar 31, 2015
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Remembering the Holocaust via Family History at Temple Adat Elohim

April 12, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Holocaust remembrance and Jewish genealogy closely intertwine.  Arthur Kurzweil wrote, “When the Nazis rounded up our relatives, they took away their names and gave them numbers. Genealogists are taking away the numbers and giving them back their names.”  By doing so family historians humanize the history of the Holocaust in ways historians do not,  Megan Lewis will look at ways genealogists can use the resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum such as oral histories to find the…See More
Mar 3, 2015
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Ancient Texts Lead to Genealogical Discoveries at Temple Adat Elohim

March 1, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York is often off the radar screen for many genealogists but the library is home to almost half a million volumes including manuscripts, rare books and archives.  We will take a digital trip  of the treasures that can be found at JTS.  Included in these archives are transcriptions of notes, memos and correspondence between the State Dept. & offices in Vienna, St. Petersburg, Warsaw and Bucharest that concern the legal position and persecution of JewsSee More
Feb 10, 2015
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Branko: In Praise of a Good Man's Journey at Temple Adat Elohim

January 4, 2015 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Stuart Tower relates the story of Branko Horvitz, a survivor with an abusive childhood, from tragedy to the height of political power, the personal history of Brigadier General Branko Horvitz and in the process American history, Jewish migration to the United States and history of our timesSee More
Dec 10, 2014
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JGSCV-Smarter Searching Tips and Genealogy at Temple Adat Elohim

December 21, 2014 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist, will demonstrate some of her favorite tips for searching the 15 billion records on Ancestry.com.   She will use specific examples in the census and immigration records collections to demonstrate both smart search habits and best genealogy methodology practices.See More
Nov 4, 2014
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JGSCV: Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk at Temple Adat Elohim;

November 3, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Tammy Hepps takes a journey through story-telling that is funny and yet a genealogical journey that teaches us how to research. Hepps’ routine search on her great-grandfather revealed the shocking surprise that he had been incarcerated in Leavenworth, which led her to trace a group of brothers and brothers-in-law recently emigrated from Minsk, who set out to sell margarine as butter in defiance of the law. Hepps uncovered the hijinks of her great-grandfather, who fled with his family repeatedly…See More
Oct 5, 2014
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Jewish Genealogical Society Family History at Temple Adat Elohim;

October 5, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
David Laskin, the author of, THE FAMILY, A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century will focus on how he researched and wrote his book and used his family stories to embody the major currents of 20th century Jewish history, THE FAMILY is the story of one family that split into three branches (US, Israel and Eastern Europe), but it is also a universally appealing account of the enduring love between parents and children, of faith and wartime, of innovation and astounding resilience.  At…See More
Sep 2, 2014
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All About Jewish Gen at Temple Adat Elohim;

September 7, 2014 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
JewishGen is the primary Internet site for Jewish genealogy, an  affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Come hear a presentation by Warren Blatt on a guide to using JewishGen's most popular features:Ø the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF)Ø JewishGen Communities Database, Discussion GroupsØ KehilaLinks websitesØ Yizkor Book ProjectØ ViewMate, and more. This session will take you step-by-step through the process of using JewishGen's features: how to search the…See More
Aug 12, 2014

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