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August Bonus Meeting: Genealogy in the Comics
Sunday, August 25
August Bonus Meeting: Genealogy in the Comics  (Society Meetings)
1:00 pm
Bender Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland
 
Hollywood and the movie industry included genealogy references and techniques in many of their productions for a long time. Comics and cartoons also used genealogy to create intrigue and interest. Daniel will show how these classics reveal family history and relationships--sometimes hidden, and sometimes in plain view. Come and enjoy this kids’ lecture for grownups--revive your childhood moments and discover some of the characters’ family secrets you never knew were there.
 
Speaker: Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage. He is responsible for outreach and liaison with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing and attending conferences around the world. He was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board-level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). He has been dedicated to genealogy since 1986.
 
 
1:00 PM: Schmooze and Maven Tables
1:30 PM: Meeting and Speaker
 
Co-sponsored with Bender JCC. This meeting is free and open to the public.



Free MEMBERS-ONLY Workshop: Resources for Genealogical Research (Galicia)
Sunday, September 22
Free MEMBERS-ONLY Workshop: Resources for Genealogical Research (Galicia)  (Workshops)
11:30 am
B’nai Israel Congregation 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland
 
This Members Only Workshop will be of special interest to those with ancestral roots in Galicia, home to the largest population of Jews in the Habsburg empire. With Jewish records currently spread across Polish and Ukrainian archives, we will consider a range of documents—useful for both beginners and advanced family history researchers—including vital records, population surveys, maps, and other surprising sources. Research projects of Gesher Galicia, which yielded more than 600,000 records in the All Galicia Database, will be described and illustrated with examples. Discover how to tap into new sources of information on the Gesher Galicia website. Advanced Registration Required. To register, see below.
 
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Zalewski is a former professor of medicine at Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He is a board member of Gesher Galicia and past editor of its research journal, The Galitzianer. Dr. Zalewski is a frequent speaker at meetings of Jewish genealogical societies and cultural and academic institutions, and has authored two books on Austrian Galicia: Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family and Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots.
 
 
To register, please email: programs@jgsgw.org and provide your name and phone number.


Medical Globetrotters and Persevering Women
Sunday, September 22
Medical Globetrotters and Persevering Women  (Society Meetings)
1:00 pm
B’nai Israel Congregation 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland
 
Surprising details about Jewish medical globetrotters will be brought to light through newly uncovered records. In the early period, when other European medical schools barred Jewish men, aspiring physicians from Galicia, Lithuania, and elsewhere ventured to Padua University to study medicine. From the end of the 18th century onwards, Jews from Galicia attended universities in the Habsburg Empire. Jewish medics influenced Galician life far beyond their profession, serving as mediators between their communities and non-Jewish neighbors advocating religious and civic reforms, and publishing material that challenged stereotypes. At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish women were at the forefront of a newly won access to university education The presentation will be illustrated by unique archival documents and old maps acquired by Gesher Galicia. You don’t have to have medical practitioners among your ancestors to find this topic of interest, and helpful in your family research.
 
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Zalewski is a former professor of medicine at Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He is a board member of Gesher Galicia and past editor of its research journal, The Galitzianer. Dr. Zalewski is a frequent speaker at meetings of Jewish genealogical societies and cultural and academic institutions, and has authored two books on Austrian Galicia: Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family and Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots.
 
 
1:00 PM: Schmooze and Maven Tables
1:30 PM: Meeting and Speaker
 
JGSGW Guest Attendance Policy:  Meetings and most events are free to JGSGW members. Non-members may attend for a fee of $5. If they decide to join JGSGW at the meeting or event, the $5 will be applied toward membership.  Members who require personal assistance due to a health condition or disability may bring an assistant at no charge.