Mrs. Herz-Sommer, who died in London on Sunday at 110, and who was widely described as the oldest known Holocaust survivor, had been a distinguished pianist in Europe before the war.
Here’s a chance for a DIY program. Presentations at meetings are one of the things that seem to be the most difficult to find. Here’s a webinar that you can watch at your leisure, a sort of Do It Yourself presentation.
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.
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Keep up to date on archives, databases and genealogy in general and Jewish and Israeli roots in
particular with http://twitter.com/JewDataGenGirl
On January 8, 2014, Slate, the online magazine of some renown, picked up a story about Jewish surnames. The article, “Jewish Surnames Explained”, by Bennett Muraskin, has stirred up some controversy. Bennett Muraskin is a contributing writer to Jewish Currents magazine and author of The Association of Jewish Libraries Guide to Yiddish Short Stories and Let Justice Well Up Like Water:Progressive Jews from Hillel to Helen Suzman, among other books.
Dara Horn, a Jewish author writing in Mosaic, Advancing Jewish Thought, a blog, takes issue with Muraskin’s article. Here are links to each article.
The Slate article
The Mosaic article
The 1st Seder this year is April 14 and our meeting would have been April 13 so the Steering Committee has decided to cancel the April Meeting.
Here are the presentation handouts I originally created but turned out to be too expensive to reproduce on paper.
Thanks you to everyone at the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle. You all made me feel very welcome and I enjoyed doing the presentation.
I am doing a presentation for the Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society at a meeting of the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle. I wanted to provide a door prize so I thought how about a book on genealogy. So off to Barnes and Noble at Foothills Mall I went. I asked at the counter where their genealogy books are. He said we don’t have any in the store. He checked his computer and sure enough no genealogy books on the shelf and no plans to put any there. So I figured I’ll try Bookmans. I bought a genealogy book there several years ago. Apparently that was the last one they sold. They told me they don’t carry them anymore because they don’t sell.
I wound up going online to Amazon and bought “How to Archive Family Keepsakes”.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Southern Arizona
Sunday, January 12, 2014
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Call to Order & Introductions
WHO IS STEPHEN P. MORSE (and Why you Need to Know)
Q. & A. and Sharing as Time Allows
Second Program if time warrants
PUBLISH before you PERISH
Steering Committee meeting to follow.
We will meet on Sunday, January 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Catalina Room at the JCC on River Road. The Catalina Room is across the hall from our regular room, the Jewish Heritage Center.
In August 2008 Ancestry.com established a strategic partnership with JewishGen. Ancestry.com now owns and operates the servers that host JewishGen.org. In exchange, Ancestry.com gets to publish many JewishGen databases.
The above is nothing new but it was news to me so I though I would pass it on. For a peek at what Ancestry owns outright and who they have strategic partnerships with, go to ancestryinsider.blogspot.com.
To follow up on our brief discussion about why Jews became the economic force that in many instances defined them, I’ve quoted from GALICIA Digest for Sunday, December 22, 2013. The author is Suzan Wynne.
“While there were certainly cultural similarities among the Jews of Eastern Europe, the only place that was Galician was in Galicia, itself. Regionally, though Yiddish was spoken with different accents and local flavor, all Jews in Eastern Europe spoke Yiddish and shared a culture rooted in religion, food, and a longing for safety and protection from the dominant and usually hostile Christian societies surrounding them. All Jews of the region shared in the history of feudalism where societies had been heavily impacted by a rigid class structure. Everywhere in these feudal societies, Jews had an ambiguous place. They weren’t peasants (serfs) and they weren’t from the landowning noble classes or the guilds that controlled so much of the non-agricultural commerce. Rather, Jews were the “other” ….often dependent on the largesse of the noble classes; kept out of guilds; and prohibited from owning land and making a living at many occupations. These factors significantly shaped Jewish culture regardless of national boundaries. Jews were more mobile than non-Jews, moving for marriage, economic opportunity, religious reasons (to attach themselves to rabbis, yeshivas, etc.). Unlike serfs, they were free to move and they did.”
Suzan F. Wynne is the author of ”The Galitzianers: The Jews of Galicia, 1772-1918“