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Virtual Meeting: Post 1492 Sephardic Dispersion and a Guide to Sephardic Genealogy
Sunday, December 13
Virtual Meeting: Post 1492 Sephardic Dispersion and a Guide to Sephardic Genealogy  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
This is a beginner level class in Sephardic genealogy. An overview of Sephardic Jewry and post 1492 dispersion will begin the discussion on doing your genealogy. Where to begin, interview techniques, what can be accessed online, books and various sources for research will be shared.
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is a members-only event. It is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Notes and Handouts in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speaker: Sarina Roffé is a career journalist and holds a BA in journalism, an MA in Jewish Studies and an MBA. She is the editor of Dorot for JGS of NY, the author of Branching Out from Sepharad, Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads, and Backyard Kitchen: The Main Course. Sarina speaks often and has written hundreds of articles. She has researched numerous genealogies and is considered an expert in Syrian Jewry. She is a former member of the IAJGS board, co-chair of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. She is a member of Brooklyn's Syrian Jewish community.



Virtual Meeting: Understanding the Jewish in Jewish Genealogy: Hebrew Calendar
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Virtual Meeting: Understanding the Jewish in Jewish Genealogy: Hebrew Calendar  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
Now that you’re past the Ellis-Island myth, it’s time to tackle the next one. Our Jewish ancestors did know when they were born … in the Hebrew calendar, not Gregorian or Julian. After all, bar mitzvah dates and more weren’t random. In traditional communities, families needed to know when daughters reached the age of religious majority.  Researchers need to understand the Hebrew calendar to comprehend Jewish culture, historical sources, vital records kept by Jews, and sometimes naming choices. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously wrote “Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time… Jewish ritual … as architecture in time.....”  Holidays, life-cycle celebrations, and liturgy are based on the Hebrew calendar. We will derive the basic structure of the Hebrew calendar; look at the astronomy involved; and how Jews have measured time throughout Jewish history. Come learn the basics of Hebrew days and Hebrew months; how to determine Hebrew birthdays and yahrzeit dates; Hebrew dates on tombstones; and more.
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is a members-only event. It is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Notes and Handouts in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speaker:  JGSGW’s first life member, Jonina Duker (Taibel bas Rachel Leah v'Shlomo Yehoshua) has presented at many IAJGS and other conferences. She teaches genealogy, basic Judaism, history, literature, liturgy, text in translation, and history. She has helped B’nai Anusim research their backgrounds. She attended Yad Vashem's Judaic Educators seminar and volunteers for the Names Recovery Project. She wrote JewishGen infofiles, founded its Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville Research group, and co-ordinated the Minsk yizkor book translation project. She has contributed to Avotaynu and other publications.
 



Virtual Meeting: The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology for 2020
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Virtual Meeting: The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology for 2020  (Society Meetings)
1:30 pm
Members Only Free Webinar
It’s a new decade, so if you think you know how to Google, think again! Technology changes rapidly and keeping our search skills updated and sharp is key to search success. Come learn the Google Search Methodology for Genealogy updated for 2020. You’ll hear about the latest and best search innovations and learn the process that will dramatically improve your genealogical search results. These skills can be used with all associated Google tools.
 
This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is a members-only event. It is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Notes and Handouts in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) 
 
Speaker:  Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and the weekly YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa, both available at her website. She’s the author of five books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox 3rd Edition, and a podcast producer and instructor and columnist for Family Tree Magazine. Her website can be found at www.GenealogyGems.com
 
This presentation will NOT be recorded.  The handout will be available on the JGSGW Members website from February 27 until March 28, 2021.
 
During the presentation the speaker will provide information on availability of a discount for purchases of her publications.