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Read an article about our president, Fred Blum, run in the Winter 2013 edition of Inside magazine at
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From Recent Meetings...

Click here for Joel Spector's presentation entitled "The Growth of the Russian Jewish Population From Early Historical Data through the 1897 Census".
Click here for Alan Jordan's notes on probate, records, and wills from his talk in November, 2014.

Links From Recent Chronicles...

Click here for ZACHOR – Memories of the Jews of Bialystok by Mark Halpern from Winter 2014 CHRONICLES


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Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Main Line Reform Temple Speaker: Hankus Netsky, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and scholar and author of “Klezmer: Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia”

Hankus Netsky chairs the Contemporary Improvisation Departments at the New England Conservatory. Netsky is founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble, and serves as research director of the Klezmer Conservatory Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional Eastern European Jewish music.

Netsky holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. He has taught Yiddish Music at Hebrew College, the New England Conservatory, and Wesleyan University, and has lectured extensively on the subject in the US, Canada, and Europe. He has also designed numerous Yiddish culture exhibits for the Yiddish Book Center, where he served as Vice President for Education. He is currently an instructor in jazz and contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Program: Klezmer Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia

This is the 4th Annual Steve Schecter Memorial Program

Main Line Reform Temple and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia are proud to present a lecture and concert. Hankus Netsky, along with trumpeter Susan Watts, trombonist Dan Blacksberg, and clarinetist and accordionist Zoe Christiansen will perform. The Klezmer revival has figured prominently in a re-definition of Jewish identity as an ethnic and cultural heritage in recent years, inspiring large-scale performances and major festivals in the Jewish, folk-music, jazz, classical music, and World Music communities. Netsky’s lecture and the music accompanying it will highlight the music played at South Philadelphia’s Jewish weddings in the first half of the twentieth century.

Trumpeter Susan Watts and trombonist Dan Blacksberg are two of the major figures in Philadelphia’s klezmer music revival and are the organizers of the city’s “Community Klezmer Initiative, a non-profit organization that sponsors local concerts, dances, and educational programs focusing on klezmer as a cultural heritage.

After the program, attendees can purchase Netsky's recent book, Klezmer: Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia. The book presents a detailed ethnographic portrait of Philadelphia’s Jewish musicians, the environment they worked in, and the unique repertoire they performed at local Jewish lifestyle and communal celebrations.

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The JGSGP sadly announces the passing of our Vice President for Programming, trong>Steve Schecter, suddenly on September 30, 2013. Our society will miss the enthusiasm and leadership that he so freely gave us all.

 

Leonard Markowitz, past president of the JGSGP, passed away on September 29, 2014. Len was instrumental in leading our genealogy society early on when we were very small. He was very knowledgeable and was an effective people-person when he served as President of our genealogy society. He was the husband of the late Sonya, father of Larry Markowitz and Lynn (Alan) Pechinski.

SOCIETY NEWS

We now have a Speakers Bureau

To volunteer as a speaker or to request a speaker for your event,  click here and

please contact Stan or Shelda Sandler stanshel(at)msn.com

 

JGSGP Beginner and Intermediate Genealogy Workshops

Interested in attending or sponsoring a workshop for your Congregation or Organization? Send an email to Stan or Shelda Sandler stanshel(at)msn.com with specifics about your request.

 

Genealogy Help in New Jersey

James Gross is at the Cherry Hill Family History Center most Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 9:00.  The FHC is located at 252 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.  Please call ahead to confirm BEFORE visiting at 856-795-8841.

 

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A new feature! JGSGP members can ask for help from fellow members with their research challenges. Have an issue? Send a message to BrickWallQuestions@jgsgp.org.  Questions may be published in our quarterly journal Chronicles. Answers will be sent to the question originator only by email.

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