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Non-members/Visitors are welcome to attend programs for a $5.00 fee. If a guest joins the Society the fee will be applied toward the membership dues. Programs generally start at 1:30 PM - see exact time for each meeting, below. Doors open a half-hour earlier. Meetings start with JGSGW business, introductions of new members, and then the guest speaker.

Workshops are open to JGSGW members only. Non-members may join on the day of the workshop unless advance registration is required.

Sunday, June 11, 2017: B'nai Israel, Rockville

TBA: Sneak Movie Preview

 Inclement weather policy: if the synagogue (or other venue) is closed, our meeting will not be held.



Sunday, June 11, 2017
Location:   B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD - Fanaroff Hall


Karen S. Franklin, “Strategies for German Jewish Research”

Time:   11:00 AM

Join us in a workshop in which Karen will share new strategies for German Jewish research – online resources, accessible databases and trees, dna updates, and how to find researchers in Germany in the towns your family came from; also, how to find material on the Leo Baeck Institute’s DigiBaeck online collections, what to do if you don’t know where your family came from, and new plans for the GERSIG web site on JewishGen.   

This is a members-only workshop. No reservation required.



“The Stedman Story: Mystery, Intrigue, Adoption and DNA – Jewish Genealogy Strategies Unravel a Family Mystery”

Time:   1:30 PM

Speaker: Karen S. Franklin (bio)

Five years ago, Karen Franklin was hired to organize the papers of Jon Stedman (1933-2009). Analysis of John’s papers and a description of strategies developed to move forward on the project highlighted the changing nature of family history research. This is a true life story involving mystery, bigamy, adoption and DNA. The secretive life of Jesse Oppenheimer, alias John Stedman (1887-1950) was unraveled using family research techniques that are useful to all genealogists. Though his DNA was tested in 2001, an upgrade in 2013 helped an adopted child find her birth mother, and a child conceived by in-vitro fertilization almost 40 years ago, who is now working to find his birth father. 


Sneak Movie Preview


We are excited to host a preview of “My Dear Children: Feige’s Choice.” This poignant story is told through a rare memoir of a Jewish mother of 12 who survived but then sent two of her children to an orphanage in South Africa. It is the first-ever film about the anti-Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe from 1917-1921. The film is a work-in-progress. WPBT2 South Florida PBS has agreed to be the partnering station for release to the PBS network nationwide. The expectation is to have the film finished by late summer. The plan is to host a screening at the Washington Jewish Film Festival in May and the IAJGS Conference in July. 

LeeAnn Dance, a Virginia-based documentary filmmaker is the Co-Producer/Director. She will introduce the film and be available for questions. More information may be found at www.mydearchildrendoc.com and www.facebook.com/feigaschoice.

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