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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon 

Jordan Auslander.jpgInvites you, your family and friends to our annual lunch program  

Sunday June 8, 2014   

10:30 AM 

(doors open at 10)

Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR

Jordan Auslander will present two programs. You will have lunch in between the presentations (approx. noon) and schmooze and probably laugh while you expand your research skills. The presentations will be helpful even if you don’t think you have family from Hungary or New York.


GAZETTEERS & RESEARCH IN THE KINGDOM OF HUNGARY
Significant border changes have affected the region that was the Kingdom of Hungary in the Nineteenth century. The bulk of Jewish emigration occurred prior to Hungary’s post World War I dismemberment with the Treaty of Trianon. Over two thirds of the former kingdom became new states (Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia) or attached to other countries (Poland, Austria and Romania). Subsequent partitions and divisions occurred after the Second World War and the Cold War. Localities were renamed as a result of all these border changes. Within what remained as Hungary, there have even been changes in Hungarian spelling conventions as well as towns that have disappeared through absorption, while others have divided. Throughout the former Warsaw Pact region Communist place name changes were impose then reversed or renamed entirely.


GENEALOGY IN GOTHAM: Research New York City Resources Remotely
Even if they migrated elsewhere, over 100,000,000 Americans have an ancestral paper trail that involves New York City. Learn how to trace your New York ancestors, whether they were passing through or called it home. As the cosmopolitan gateway to the United States, New York City has always been a magnet for immigrants. Throughout the United States an estimated 40 million can trace roots to an ancestor who lived in Brooklyn. While many families passed through or settled in Gotham, not all family members came to the US, and some of those who remained in Europe and elsewhere may have lost contact with their American cousins. While on-site research is the optimal approach to research, this is not always convenient or feasible. Nevertheless, much can be accomplished in advance or in lieu of physical travel. Components of New York City family history can be identified without setting foot on Broadway using a broad array of free and subscription internet sites as well as some conventional sources. These resources will be evaluated in the context of the questions and needs of lecture participants.


Our speaker: Jordan Auslander is a former transportation planner, now New York based genealogical researcher, lecturer and expert witness. Jordan has pursued cases across the United States, Europe and Israel; translated, created and published an index to vital records in the Slovak State Archive system, and the Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary. He is a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society, NY serving on its board 1994-96; Association of Professional Genealogists and The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. Theatrical writing and acting pretensions applied in “Heir Jordan, Extreme Genealogist” which won RootsTelevision.com a 2008 Telly award. He is also the acclaimed host of the IAJGS Conferences’ “Jewpardy.”


Preregistration and advance payment is required for catered kosher lunch. (No outside food is permitted.) Please read next page for registration form and additional information.

Cost to JGSO Members:  $18 for lectures and lunch.  Cost to those who are not members of JGSO:  Lunch and lectures $25.  Morning lecture only is $10. 

For more information about this event, please write to jgsoregon@gmail.com or call Barbara Hershey at 503249-1976. 

Note: parking in the lot is available, but not abundant.  We strongly encourage carpooling and public transportation.  Street parking is available off Barbur just north and south of the building.  If you are able to leave parking lot spots for those with more difficulty walking, please do. 
 

 

 

 

JGSO Lunch Reservations for June 8, 2014

Please make check out to JGSO and mail to P.O. Box 19736, Portland, OR 97280 

DEADLINE:  June 4, 2014

 

Name __________________________    member (y/n) ________

Name __________________________    member (y/n) ________

Email address (please print clearly): __________________________   

Telephone number: ________-________-__________________   

If you are not yet a member for 2014 you may join for the year.  Complete a membership form and pay member price for this event.

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Invites you, your family and friends to the

Art Benveniste

May 4, 2014 program meeting

Art Benveniste:  Crypto-Jews and Growing Up Sephardic in Los Angeles

1:00PM (doors open at 12:30)
Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR

The presentation will cover the history, discovery, culture and current practices of Crypto-Jews (aka conversos, marranos and anusim).  Art will also talk of the experience being Sephardic amid the majority Ashkenazic American culture.  There will be plenty of time for your questions as well.

Arthur “Art” Benveniste’s parents were from Rhodes where ancestors had lived for 400 years.  He grew up in a community of Ladino speaking Jews from Rhodes.  He has studied the roots of Sephardic culture including visits to Jewish sites in Iberia, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Greece, Latin America and the American Southwest.  In 1992 King Juan Carlos of Spain invited him to participate in the first Jewish service in a Toledo synagogue since 1391.  He has served as president of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies and has edited its publication. 

 

Please remember that there will be time at the meeting to tell us your good genealogy research news and to ask others for assistance with your own research.  Please come early if you would like help from other genealogists or to help set up for the program.

 

Cost: The program is free to 2014 JGSO members.  You will be able to renew your membership at the meeting.  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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Dear Members and Friends of JGSO,

 As genealogists, we all look back at what came before us.  I am extremely grateful to the genealogical community for all of the gathering of records, exploring, organizing, volunteering and sharing they have done.  It makes it possible for me to explore a relatively recent passion doing research on my family story.

So, as I write this now, I thank you for your participation in the JGSO.  What an interesting group of people we are, with such diversity of interests.  It makes me want to learn more about you all.  One of the Society’s recent successes is the online survey we undertook.  Can you believe that more than 73% of our members took a few minutes to give us their input?  Anyone who has done surveys knows that this is an extraordinary return!  However, only 6% of the people on our non-member e-mail list completed the Survey. Please, if you have not yet filled out the Survey form, take a few minutes now to complete it. A link at the bottom of this message takes you to the Survey. We already are modifying our programming to bring you more of what you need for your genealogy work. In the months ahead we will report on the results of the survey.  One clear response to the Survey is that you prefer meetings on Sundays rather than weeknights.  Certainly for the winter, I will endeavor to schedule speakers on Sunday.

 I hope you will be interested in at least one of the three upcoming programs:

  • January (date TBA) Analyzing your Documents:  This was suggested by our new web manager Julie Welch.  She thought it would be helpful to know more about the information and leads to more discoveries you may find within family, legal and governmental documents.  If you have any documents you would like to share for the presentation, please send them to our email address (jgsoregon@gmail.com) or contact me (barbara.hershey@comcast.net) if they are not something you can scan and send.
  • February 9 we will have Daniel Horowitz who is the Chief Genealogist for My Heritage and is a board member of the IAJGS.  He will be speaking about their collection and using the website.
  • March 9 we will have a program about Collaborative Genealogy.  Our speaker will be E. Randal Schoenberg.  Randy has his hand in many aspects of the Jewish genealogy world.  He also is the attorney responsible for returning the Klimt paintings to the descendants of their Jewish owner. 

I thank those of you who already have remitted your membership dues renewal for 2014.  Some of you made additional contributions that will sustain our organization and allow us to help each other in our quests.  Please note that the Board has approved a reduced rate if you renew through December 31st, $21 for individuals and $28 for families. On January 1st, dues go back to $23 for individuals, $30 for families, and $10 for students.   (p.s.  a little birdy told me that the mail won’t be retrieved in the first few days of January so if you get it in the mail now it’ll slide by.)

Have a very fulfilling and health New Year!

Best wishes,

Barbara


Barbara Hershey

JGSO President and Program Chair

 

P.S.  If you have not already done so, please complete the survey linked here.  We have heard from a good number of you and will be sharing what we’ve learned. http://goo.gl/Hsi0qr

It will take only 5 to 10 minutes to complete the Survey. Many thanks again to all of you who have done the Survey.

BH

A Message from the President, JGSO

As we complete another calendar year, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon thanks you for your support and participation. Your dues and generous donations are used to bring a variety of speakers to our monthly programs, obtain reliable equipment to use, and to increase educational resources. Together we can explore the history, culture and techniques that allow you to construct your family’s history.

It's now time to join or renew your membership for 2014. Please print the attached membership renewal form from the following link, noting any corrections or changes to your contact information, and mail it with your check or bring it to the next JGSO meeting.

2014 JSGO Membership Form

Please note that the Board has approved a reduced rate if you join or renew through December 31st, $21 for individuals and $28 for families. On January 1st, dues go back to $23 for individuals, $30 for families, and $10 for students. Membership dues cover a calendar year. Please make your check payable to JGSO and send it with the attached page to:

Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
PO Box 19736
Portland,Oregon 97280

We wish you a healthy and prosperous year filled with everything good for you and your extended families. May this year bring great genealogical achievements and knock down some of your personal genealogical “brick walls.” The next time your family gathers together, take the opportunity to share your family's unique history with older and younger relatives. Ask questions of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and others. Make sure that younger relatives hear these conversations. Perhaps one of them may become inspired and join you on the quest for information.

If you have friends who might be interested in Jewish genealogy, please refer them to JGSO. Thank you for joining or continuing your membership in the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon. We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings and other activities. We hope you will have discoveries to celebrate throughout the year.

Best wishes,

Barbara

Barbara Hershey
JGSO President/Program Chair
JGSOregon@gmail.com

PS. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey linked here. We have heard from a good number of you and will be sharing what we’ve learned.


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon 

 

E. Randol Schoenberg

Invites you, your family and friends to the

March 9, 2014 Program Meeting

Collaborative Genealogy

1:00PM (doors open at 12:30)

Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR

 

Learn more about one of the current trends in genealogy research:

working collaboratively with others, both online and off to improve your own research results.

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E. Randol Schoenberg is a board member of JewishGen and the CoFounder of JewishGen's Austria-Czech Special Interest Group. He is the author of the Beginner's Guide to Austrian-Jewish Genealogy and the coauthor of Getting Started with Czech-Jewish Genealogy. Schoenberg is a volunteer curator on Geni.com, and one of Geni's most active users, managing about 100,000 profiles.  Professionally, he is an attorney (who succeeded in returning stolen Nazi major art to the rightful heirs) and serves on the boards of various philanthropic, artistic and educational organizations. He presently serves as President of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. 

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Please remember that there will be time at the meeting to tell us your good genealogy research news and to ask others for assistance with your own research. 

Please come early if you would like help from other genealogists.

 

Cost: The program is free to 2014 JGSO members.  You will be able to renew your membership at the meeting.  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.


The following is an excerpt from an email sent to Ron Doctor from Rose Feldman of the  Israel Genealogy Research Association.

IGRA releases webinar on Ukrainian sources for research

This webinar, "Sources for Jewish Genealogy in Ukraine" was broadcast on December 23, 2013 as part of a meeting of the Israel Genealogy Research Association [IGRA] in Petah Tikva by Tomasz Jankowski.

The lecture covers the following issues:
- Main chronological and aerial divisions of genealogical sources
(overview of former lands of Galicia, Poland, Russian Empire, USSR).
- Primary and secondary types of sources (among others civil register, censuses, voter lists, property and school records).
- On-line and off-line databases.
- Practical tips for archival and field research.
- Limits and possibilities of research on individual Jewish families in Ukraine.

http://wp.me/p223PF-16A

Garri Regev
President, IGRA
www.genealogy.org.il

2014 February Daniel Horowitz CANCELLED

Other announcements:

March 9 meeting (same time and place) on Collaborative Genealogy with E. Randall Schoenberg.  Another notice about this meeting will be sent after our February meeting.
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is having an Open House with many sessions.  The GFO will be available to non-members of the GFO at no cost during the Open House periods.  You may follow this link to get more specific information  http://www.gfo.org/edu/open-house.pdf  - be sure to look at both pages.

The Benaroya Jewish Learning Academy is offering a course "To Be a Jew in the Free World:  Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History."  More info at: 
http://www.myjli.com/index.html?task=location&lid=11227

We are sharing these notices because they may interest you and because these partners share information with their membership about our programs.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Barbara Hershey
JGSO, President

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

A special December Program and speakers

Sunday, December 15, 2013 5:00 PM (Doors open at 4:30.)Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR
(Please note time as it is not a regular time for our meetings.)

Revival of Contemporary Jewish Life in Poland: A Historical and Personal Perspective Speaker

Karina Sokolowska, Country Manager of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee-Poland (JDC)

with

Introduction: Michael Novick, Executive Director-Strategic Development of the American JDC (www.jdc.org)

ABOUT THIS SPECIAL PROGRAM:
Karina has seen her country of Poland undergo monumental transitions: from suppressive rule that stifled all possibility for religious and cultural freedom, to a system that has provided a space for Jews to express themselves. She recalls that prior to JDC's involvement, the only real expression of Judaism in Poland was a box of matzot distributed to the Jewish community during Passover. Learn about Jewish life in Poland from first-hand experiences. You will also hear about JDC’s involvement related to communal property restitution in Poland, and support of FODZ, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland, and its multiyear claims process.


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Since 1994, Poland's JDC Country Manager, Karina Sokolowska, has been providing thousands of children and youth the precious opportunity to strengthen and, in many cases, entirely rediscover their Jewish identity. Karina's journey into Jewish identity began when she was a freshman studying Japanese at the University of Warsaw. A fellow student recognized Karina's German mispronunciations as Yiddish and asked her to lead the Polish Union of Jewish Students. That launched her into a long-lasting career as a Jewish communal worker. Karina's work as the Poland Country Manager involves Jewish renewal work across nine Jewish communities in Poland, including organizing conferences for Limmud participants to learn about Jewish identity and helping families learn about Jewish traditions. Karina is fluent in four languages: English, German, Japanese, and Russian.

Please remember that there will be time at the meeting to ask about your own research. We’ve had several of you write to us with questions. Please bring them to this meeting. Doors will open at 4:30.

Cost: The program is free to JGSO members.

We request a $5 contribution from non-members.

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

If you have not yet responded to the JGSO survey, please give us about 5 minutes and fill out the survey at this link:http://tinyurl.com/mp93p4c

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Invites you, your family and friends to the November 19th Program Meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 7:00PM
Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR


Using Family Stories to Expand Your Family Tree

 

A brief look at how "family stories" or "legends" can help guide you as you search to expand your family tree.  Knowing names and locations are great, but knowing something unique from a family story may be the key to identifying an ancestor.  Ensuring that those stories are preserved may be as valuable as the tree to help later generations understand your family history.
 
The presentation covers a few examples of the Freedland family stories and how they were used to identify people and events, to prove or disprove what might be a family legend.  Tom’s search has moved his tree back a generation, and helped him find tree branches that were previously unknown.
 
He will also bring some examples of what he has done with the material to expand his knowledge, such as the history of the ship his grandmother took when she traveled to America.
 
Bio:  Tom Freedland is a Tigard area chiropractor.  He has been maintaining "The Freedland Family Tree" for the last 25 years; however, it was not until this last year that started researching his family origins.  His presentation on Family Stories, Legends, and Fables explains how these oral and written snippets became tools in his search to answer the question: “Where did I come from?”
 
Please remember that there will be time at the meeting to ask about your own research.  Doors will open at 6:30.

 

Cost:  The program is free to 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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Michael Burke med


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Invites you, your family and friends to the
October Program Meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 7:00PM
Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, 

OR

The History of a Mystery, and How It Was Solved




Dr. Michael Burke’s interest in genealogy began in 2005 when his daughter had a school assignment. She chose to research Michael’s father, whom she had never known. He was from Bessarabia and came to the US in the 1920s. Much about his father’s family was unknown. Her successful project stimulated his interest to learn more of the family story. With the aid of Yiddish and Hebrew translators and many hours searching websites like JewishGen.org, Michael and his wife Andrea prepared to travel to Eastern Europe to search for missing relatives.

Their journey, and the discoveries they made, are the subject of the video Michael will present, “The History of a Mystery, and How It Was Solved.” He will also narrate a brief presentation of their visit to Baimaclia, the Moldovan village his father came from, and the ruins of a Jewish cemetery they found there.

Dr. Burke is a chiropractor in the Portland area. He and his wife Andrea share an interest in Jewish genealogy. Their research focuses on the Bercovici and Zheleznyak families in Baimaclia and Hinçesti, Moldova, and the ancestors of Samuel Lewis of San Francisco.

Please remember that there will be time at the meeting to ask about your own research. Doors will open at 6:30.

Cost: The program is free to 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.

Note: parking in the lot is available, but not abundant. We strongly encourage carpooling and
public transportation. The website for Trimet Trip Planner is http://ride.trimet.org/#/.
Street parking is available off Barbur just north and south of the building. If you are able to
leave parking lot spots for those with more difficulty walking, please do.
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The flyer for our September 22 program meeting is shown below.  We will start off the year with a wonderful, and frequent guest of JGSO, Steve Morse. He has a new program for us. He will demonstrate a case study of how you can research your family without having much information to start with. Please see the attached file for more details.

With the holidays so very early this year, we hope your New Year will be filled with sweetness and a curiosity to explore your family history with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon.

After the formal program you will have time to ask Steve about his website tools in more depth and to ask the roomful of genealogists about your particular questions. Several of us attended the recent IAJGS conference in Boston and are fresh with enthusiasm.

L'shana tovah,

Barbara Hershey for JGSO
images/2013 September Morse.jpg

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IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Announces Live!

I hope this finds you enjoying your summer.

The annual International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies' conference is next week in Boston. For those of you who will be unable to attend, there is a recent announcement that may well be of interest to you. I have attached the link for you below. The news is that 50 sessions (approx) of the conference will be broadcast live from the conference. You will even be able to submit questions to the presenter. What a convenient way to sample the conference offerings without leaving the comfort of your own home. Please read below for more information about this opportunity. I'd love to hear from you afterwards if you participated.

www.live.iajgs2013.org

I look forward to seeing you on September 22 where Steve Morse (of stevemorse.org) will open our program season. Steve has a new presentation planned that will be a case study of a genealogical search. It should be invaluable to beginners and have some good reminders for those of you more seasoned in doing genealogy research. More information will be sent in a month or so.

Good luck with your research!

Barbara Hershey

JGSO, President