Jan Meisels Allen
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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
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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
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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
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JGSCV: Genealogy in the Round at Temple Adat Elohim;

August 10, 2014 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall, or genealogical artifact! This is YOUR meeting—We all learn from one another—take this opportunity to share your genealogical story—success or failure, ask questions about your brick walls, and more!If you wish to participate in the program, please contact Jan Meisels Allen at president@JGSCV.org.  Each participant will be given 5-10 minutes to share—depending on the number of presenters. Whether you are a JGSCV member or a potential…See More
Jun 16
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JGSCV June Meeting at Thousand Oaks

June 1, 2014 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The JGSCV will hold a general meeting, co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim, on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 1:30-3:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                              The Topic:                “Roundtable Discussions"     Experienced members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) other…See More
Apr 26
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The United States Response—SS. St. Louis and the 70th Anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary at Temple Adat Elohim

May 4, 2014 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
In May 1939, a passenger liner, the SS St. Louis, carrying 937 people—almost all of them German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution—left Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. The ship had landing permits to enter Cuba which were invalidated before the ship arrived in Havana. For 30 days the St. Louis wandered the seas and was refused haven by every country in the Americas including the United States. Attempts to enter the US were unsuccessful and pleas to President Roosevelt were unheeded. This was a…See More
Apr 4
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JGSCV Meeting and Speaker - "Jewish Given Names" at Temple Adat Elohim

October 6, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Learn why "Mordechai Yehuda" is also "Mortka Leib" is also "Max". An introduction to Jewish given names (first names), focusing on practical issues for genealogical research. Our ancestors each had many different given names and nicknames, in various languages and alphabets --this can make Jewish genealogical research difficult. This presentation will teach you about the history and patterns of Jewish first names, and how to recognize your ancestors' names in genealogical sources.See More
Sep 25, 2013
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JGSCV Meeting and Program: Beyond the Family Tree – Bringing Your Family Stories to Life at Temple Adat Elohim

September 15, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County* (JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co–sponsored with and located at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 on Sunday, September 15, 2013 1:30 p.m-3:30 p.m.The Program: Beyond the Family Tree – Bringing Your Family Stories to LifeWhen you bring out your family tree and genealogy reports at a family gathering, do your relatives’ eyes glaze over? Are you overwhelmed with data after so many…See More
Aug 25, 2013
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Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) - "Genealogy in the Round" at Temple Adat Elohim

July 14, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall, or genealogical artifact! This is YOUR meeting—We all learn from one another—take this opportunity to share your genealogical story—success or failure, ask questions about your brick walls, and more! If you wish to participate in the program, please contact Jan Meisels Allen at president@JGSCV.org.  Each participant will be given 5-10 minutes to share—depending on the number of presenters. Whether you are a JGSCV member or a potential…See More
Jun 30, 2013
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JGSCV Program: Lodz: Manchester of Poland at Temple Adat Elohim

June 2, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
In the 19th Century, Lodz grew from a small village to the second largest city in Poland. Jews migrated to Lodz from small villages and towns to work in the textile industry.  Jews were a significant presence in the history and development of Lodz through the time of the Holocaust. Speaker Debra Kay Blatt will explore the many resources available through JewishGen, JRI Poland, and other sources to document this history.See More
May 22, 2013
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JGSCV Program: Yom Hashoah-Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration at Temple Adat Elohim

April 7, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
JSGCV members and friends will give presentations on different aspects of the holocaust from their personal history.  Join JGSCV for this commemoration.Ruth Drobman a holocaust survivor, will discuss Kristalnacht, the Kindertransport and how she fled Berlin in 1939 on the last train out to go to Sweden.  Ruth will also talk about how they had to hide her father before they got out.Werner Frank, a holocaust survivor, will report on the 1940 deportation of over 6,000 German Jews to Camp de Gurs,…See More
Mar 13, 2013
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JGSCV Program: Researching Your Jewish Family Roots in Canada at Temple Adat Elohim

March 3, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Were your ancestors Canadian immigrants? Did your family immigrate to the US and later decide to settle in Canada? Did your family migrate to the US via a Canadian port? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this program is for you. Speaker Marion Werle will discuss the major sources of Canadian genealogical records and will cover ship manifests, naturalization records, the Canadian census and census substitutes, city directories, voter registration records, 1940 residence records,…See More
Feb 18, 2013
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JGSCV Program - "Jewish Genetic Disorders Across the Diaspora" at Temple Adat Elohim

January 6, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Two certified genetic counselors will be talking about various Jewish genetic disorders that affect different Jewish populations.  They will talk about the importance of knowing our family health history—an integral part of genealogy—and the increased risks of inherited diseases of Ashkenazi  (Eastern European) Jews. Included in the discussion will be BRCA testing (breast and ovarian cancer) as well as Tay-Sachs, Gaucher and Familial Dysautonomia in the Ashkenazi Jewish community and a novel…See More
Dec 25, 2012
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JGSCV Speaker: Getting The Most Out of Ancestry.com at Temple Adat Elohim

December 2, 2012 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Join us for a meeting with speaker Crista Cowan, Community Alliance Manager for Ancestry.com. Do you have an Ancestry.com subscription (or are you thinking about getting one?) but suspect that you are only using a fraction of what can be done with the powerful tools and resources available on this website? Spend an afternoon with Crista Cowan, the "Barefoot Genealogist", as she shares what’s new on Ancestry.com. She’ll show you how to access key record collections to assist with your Jewish and…See More
Nov 25, 2012
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JGSCV Program - "From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: A Search for Jewish Roots" at Temple Adat Elohim

November 5, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
Genie Milgrom will discuss her genealogical journey through time as she criss-crossed the planet for her Converso or Marrano roots. Milgrom was able to document fully an unbroken maternal lineage of 15 grandmothers going back to the late 1400’s. She will tell us her personal story and explain in detail the methods she used to open up the Jewish history of the small village in Spain where her ancestors resided for over 500 years. Today she is still very active and preserving her findings in the…See More
Oct 21, 2012
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JGSCV Program - "Jewish Surnames" at Temple Adat Elohim

October 7, 2012 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The History of Jewish surnames – Their Origins, Types, and EtymologiesLearn 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…See More
Sep 16, 2012

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