At our December meeting we briefly mentioned Yizkor Books as a resource for locating information about a town or shetl. The following is taken from the JewishGen Frequently Asked Questions list about the Yizkor Book Project.
Yizkor books were written after the Holocaust as memorials to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust. They were usually put together by survivors from those communities and contain descriptions and histories of the community, biographies of prominent people, lists of people who perished, etc. They are often embellished with photos, maps, and other memorabilia.
Yizkor books are valuable to genealogists, since the books may include biographies or photographs of relatives, or may include family members in a list of people who perished. Yizkor books also give important background information about the history and Jewish life in a particular community.
Yizkor books can be valuable, not only to genealogists, but to anyone wanting to learn about Jewish life and culture in the communities that vanished in the Holocaust.
Here is the link to the JewishGen Yizkor Books Project Frequently Asked Questions.
The December Chanukah party was well attended and well received. We enjoyed latkes, egg salad, tuna salad, baba ganoush, pita bread and assorted fruit.
The party/meeting was unstructured but flowed smoothly with several members and guest sharing their recent genealogical successes. Discussions developed about Yizkor Books, about why so many Jews wound up in business, and passing the torch of family history to the next generation.
Next month our meeting is January 12. Our presenter will be Hal Hegwer. Program TBA.
The society will provide food and beverages including Latkes and other kosher catered lunch type food. Please bring some fruit if you are planning to attend. We will discuss just a few things but mostly it will be about the food.
Need a place to enjoy your Turkey Day Holiday? Gina, my wife is a fabulous cook. Let me know if you’d like to join us. Please bring your friend(s), family or otherwise not found on a genealogy chart!
We would love it if you can make it. Please do not RSVP on this blog, but contact me direct at:
Invitation from Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
Workshop at Temple Beth Am library Pinecrest Florida
Description: Free webinar “Searching Your Jewish Heritage Roots”
Have you ever asked yourself: How do I start my family history research?
Where do I find and save the information? How the technology can help me?
How do I share my research with my children and grandchildren?
You will learn about the origins of Family History, the main repositories
for information and the special places and cases for Jewish Genealogy. This
program will illustrate the methodology and procedures to perform a
genealogy research covering the basic subjects that must include and the
activities needed to collect information from and about family members:
Build a family tree, interview relatives, analyze sources, record all the
facts and involve other family members by sharing your discoveries. Daniel
Horowitz will show you how to start your genealogy with a different
perspective, not only more exciting, but also taking advantage of the latest
technologies and creative tools available to advance your research.
Daniel Horowitz was born in Venezuela, (1971). Has a B.Sc. in computer
engineering (2002), a Specialization in education (1994) & Management of
Educational Institutions (2004). Daniel was the teacher and study-guide
editor for over 15 years, of the family history project “Searching for My
Roots” in Venezuela, where his work received many awards worldwide.
In Israel since 2005, Daniel is today the MyHeritage Chief Genealogist,
Daniel holds board level positions in a few genealogical societies, he has a
deep understanding of the needs of today’s family history enthusiasts.
This webinar will be broadcast from the Library at Temple Beth Am in Miami,
FL, USA. in cooperation with JGS of Greater Miami
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – EST
If you would like to virtually attend please reserve your please now at:
Space is limited.
Even though Chanukah will have ended before Dec 8 we will celebrate at our Dec meeting.
The society will provide food and beverages including Latkes and other kosher catered lunch type food. Please bring some fruit if you are planning to attend. We need an accurate head count so do RSVP. Your family/spouse/partner is welcome just tell us how many. Send your RSVP to Phyllis Cohen (email@example.com).
Dues structure: $36.00 per year. Memberships run from January through December. Meetings are free and open to the public. If you prefer not to join the Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society we encourage a $5 donation. Dues can be mailed to our PO Box.
Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society
PO Box 13702
Tucson, AZ 85711-9998
This Youtube video is about 33 minutes long.
Some of you contacted me about wanting to know if there is meeting this Sunday, November 10. We are indeed meeting in the Jewish Heritage room at 1:00.
I found out the other day that no one was scheduled to run this meeting, so I will be running it.
Lee Levin brought this article to my attention and I wanted to share this with you:
The Phoenix JGS recently lost their leader and now they are convening to figure out how to move forward. I believe this Sunday’s meeting should be the same, as I will be stepping down from the steering committee as well.
Here are my thoughts:
- · We need a leader- you will note that I have not been in leadership role for almost a year.
- · I don’t think most of you want to dedicate the time a perceived responsibility to take on this role.
- · The leader needs to be an overseer, not a hands one person.
- · This Sunday, we all volunteer to run one of the 12 meetings scheduled for 2014. This includes programming for the volunteered meeting as well.
- · The workload is diminished for all and we all pitch in as meeting leaders.
It’s time to pay our annual dues. Please bring your checks for $36 per person.
Andy “Avi” Rosen, Steering Committee
Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society
Lithuanian Jewish Heritage Symposium in Philadelphia
November 10, 2013
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
The National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
No charge to attend, open to the public registration required.
RSVP by October 25 to http://usa.mfa.lt/index.php?1765366279, or online
using the URL below, or phone to 202-234-5860, ext. 118.
More information, the schedule, list of speakers and online registration, go