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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Invites you, your family and friends to the

February 12, 2017 @ 10:30 AM Program 

at Congregation Ahavath Achim
3225 Southwest Barbur Boulevard
Portland, OR  97239

Joe Carpenter                 


Description:    Joe Carpenter will talk about ways to decide what DNA testing is appropriate for your situation and ways to sort through the multitude of results you may get to find what is meaningful.  You got the test.  You have the results.  Now what do you do?  Let's hear  from Joe.  Please join us as we share and learn.  More information on this subject can be found at Which Genealogy DNA Test is the Best? A Detailed Comparison Guide to Help You Decide
Bio:    Joe Carpenter is a native Floridian and comes to Portland by way of California. He has been active in genealogy since 2009, shortly after his grandmother’s death. His interest was sparked by a high school assignment written by his grandmother uncovered with her belongings shortly after her death in 2008, 'The Story of my Life' detailed out her early days in the Jewish quarter of the city of Lemberg (now L'viv) and her immigration to the US. Joe's day job as a Technologist & Project Manager brings unique insight to the world of genealogy and he like to explore the intersection of technology and genealogy. He enjoys helping people learn more about genealogy and teaching time saving tricks to break down their brick walls.  When not wandering around graveyards or looking for long lost relatives, Joe can often be found riding his bike on the roads and trails around Oregon. Joe lives in Portland with his wife, daughter and hyperactive border collie.
Save the dates for our upcoming JGSO meetings:
·         Sunday, February 12, 2017
·         Sunday, March 12, 2017

Speaker will be expert Hal Bookbinder.  A survey will be sent to determine which topic you want.

It is time for 2017 membership renewal.  Please bring a check to the meeting or pay via PayPal.  A link from our website will take you to our PayPal info.  Dues for the calendar year are $23 for an individual, $30 for a family.  We rely on your support to sponsor these meetings.  Please join or renew now!  You can pay via PayPal on the JGSO webpage or you may send a check to Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon P.O. Box 19736, Portland, Oregon 97280.

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Ron Doctor receives Lifetime Achievement Award

I am so happy to share the news that Ron Doctor received the prestigious IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference in Seattle on 11 August 2016.

IAJGS Award-1, 11 Aug 2016The text of the certificate reads:

"In recognition of his lifetime of service to Jewish genealogy through his leadership as president of the JGS of Oregon and the Kremenets District Group, Ukraine SIG leader and service on IAJGS committees. He has worked tirelessly to elevate and enhance the Ukraine SIG; energizing volunteers, nurturing the formation of numerous town research groups, made hundreds of thousands of vital records accessible and provided online availability of Ukrainian information available through an agreement with the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem. So many individuals are indebted to Ron for his help in discovering their ancestors."

Ron also received a book of support letters from, primarily, his Kremenets group members.  Please send any congratulations or statements of how Ron's involvement in genealogy influenced you. He can be reached at . Please join me in showing your appreciation and congratulations.


Barbara Hershey
JGSO President/Program Chair

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JGSO Membership dues may now be paid by
cash, check or PayPal.

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We have a new webpage full of pictures!
 Check out Pictorial Oregon Jewish History

It currently has three sections - Jewish Businesses in Oregon, Jewish Activities in Oregon and Oregon Jewish History: South Portland. More photos will be added at a later date.

You may discover some of your relatives here.  The webpage can be accessed by the above link or from any JGSO webpage by clicking on the link in the Stories sidebar.

Photos are courtesy of Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.
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