Welcome to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon &
The Jewish Book Month Group

The Family.jpgInvite you, your family and friends to the
November 9, 2014 Program

From History to Family History

1:00PM Mittleman JCC, 6651 SW Capitol Highway

David Laskin, Author of The Family: A Journey into the
Heart of the Twentieth Century

The Family tells the story of the Jewish 20th century through the experience of one ordinary, extraordinary family. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children at the western fringe of the Russian Empire. The upheavals of the last century split the family into three branches: one immigrated to America and founded two businesses, including the fabulous Maidenform Bra Company; one went to Palestine as pioneer farmers and participated in the violent birth of the State of Israel; the third branch remained behind in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi Occupation.

One family—three paths—and the epic history the Jewish 20th century: this is the story of The Family. Come join us and hear about this incredible saga of a Jewish family and learn more about how the author delved into genealogy research. Laskin’s recognition and exploration shows genealogy IS history.

David Laskin is a bestselling author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction, and other books and articles. The Family was chosen as Amazon Best Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Please see davidlaskin.com website to review the many other awards he has won for his writing.

Please come early if you would like help from other genealogists.
Thanks to Mittelman Jewish Community Center for providing space for this event.

Cost: The program is free to 2014 JGSO members. We request a $5 contribution from non-members.
That fee can be applied to a membership should you decide to join JGSO at this meeting.

For more information about the program, please write to jgsoregon@gmail.com or call
Barbara Hershey at 503-249-1976.

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A Message from Daniel Horowitz
Dear friends,
I hope you are well and enjoying the weekend.

I'm delighted to share a TV segment which appeared this weekend on an Israeli prime time news show, watched by over 25% of Israel's population. It featured an interview with MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, and showcased MyHeritage as a company that not only does well as a business, but also does good in the world.

The segment highlights some of MyHeritage's pro bono work, including helping to discover heirs for unclaimed assets confiscated during WWII, returning looted art to its rightful owners and our global crowdsourcing project to digitally preserve the world's cemeteries with BillionGraves.

Our technologies have helped millions of families around the world make new discoveries, and we're delighted to have helped in these projects as well.

Please see the video with English subtitles here: MyHeritage Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet - Savior of the Lost Artworks

We'd be grateful if you will share or embed it on your blog or social media.

Best regards

Daniel Horowitz
Chief Genealogist and Translation Manager
Phone: +972-3-6280047  |  daniel@myheritage.com  |  www.myheritage.com
MyHeritage Ltd., 3 Ariel Sharon St., Terminal Park, Or Yehuda 60250, Israel

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If you did not attend the JGSO June 8 program. You missed a lot. We had two entertaining and information packed presentations by professional genealogist Jordan Auslander – one on Gazetteers for the Kingdom of Hungary and one on Researching New York City resources, remotely. And then there was the excellent catered brunch. (Many thanks to Marcia Freed for overseeing and coordinating the brunch and the many others who helped with the set up for the brunch).
Here are links for the two handouts provided by Jordan.

Gazetteers & Research In The Kingdom Of Hungary ©2014 by Jordan Auslander


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Five slices of Jewish life in Portland.
All photos courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum.
Feel free to comment on these photos at JGSOregon@gmail.com.
(Click on each photo for larger image)

South Portland
 Football team 1915
OJM 5081 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
Young men and women at a social gathering. c.1925Young men and women at a social gathering.  c.1925
Max Simon, Morton J. Goodman, Rabbi Alvin Fine, Sam Solomon, Hilda Simon, Leo Levinson, Irvin Goodman

OJM 01910 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
Golden Age Club meeting at the Neighborhood House 1949
Mrs. Wendla Sand
OJM 163 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
images/OJM02266t.jpgBoys studying Torah. n.d.
Teacher Asher Etinger
Copyright William Galen, OJM 2266 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
images/OJM04052t.jpgNeighborhood House May Court for the Rose Festival 1928
Minnie Berg (or maybe Mona Pautel), Grace Rogoway, ? Leopold, Helen Wolfman, ? Goldstein
OJM 4052 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum

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