Sunday, August 23, 2020 

Check-in : 1:00PM via Zoom Meeting

Lecture: 1:30PM

Speaker: Martin R. Schiller, PhD, Executive Director, Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine (UNLV) 

Dr. Schiller received a B.S. from Hofstra University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Utah State University. He has served on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, and is now a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on building and scientifically testing sequence and structure based bio-informatic tools and their application to HIV and human genetics. He has published 75 research papers in well-respected journals including Neuron, Nature Methods, Molecular Cell and Science Signaling. His research has been supported by 24 research grants for ~$33 M, mostly from the National Institutes of Health. He has designed and taught several undergraduate, graduate and medical school classes. Dr. Schiller has invented several new biotechnologies and has originated and served as CEO of several companies. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine (NIPM). In just four years since its rigination, NIPM has applied for over $110 M in research funding and won ~$20 M including a Center of Excellence grant from National Institutes of Health where Dr. Schiller is the PI.

Topic: Leveraging DNA analysis in Genealogy

 The utility of matching people’s DNA sequences has emerged and grown rapidly over the past decade. One major application is genealogy research. Dr. Schiller, an established molecular biologist and functional genomics researcher will discuss his experience and basic approaches to build family trees and validate relationships with DNA analysis. The lecture will cover the basics of DNA and inheritance, common online platforms such as Ancestry and Gedmatch. We will examine how to infer ancestors, match you family member DNA to human fossils, and build genetic signatures (haplotypes) for each of your ancestral lineages, which can be used to identify more cousins and infer origins and migratory paths of your deep ancestry.



The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC) was formed through the efforts of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia many years ago. Its’ mission was to collect, preserve, facilitate research and share the story of the Jewish communities of the Greater Philadelphia area. In 2009 the holdings of PJAC were transferred to the Special Records Collection at Temple University Libraries. With the support of many philanthropic individuals, an archivist position was endowed by PJAC. With our new name (Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia) and mission we will continue the great work of PJAC.

We encourage you to support the archives with donations and archival material. Donations may be made to the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection Endowment at:
Temple University Libraries
PO Box 71340
Philadelphia, PA 19176-9761

Donations can also be made through the library website: https://library.temple.edu/policies/10

Those interested in offering a donation of books or archival material to the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection should send a description of those materials to:

Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center

Email: msly@temple.edu


What’s New On Our Site!

August 2020 Meeting

Judy Baston: “Finding your Litvak Family” A handout is available by accessing the menu item, Archives>Meeting Summaries and Handouts.

Cemetery Records for Har Nebo Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. You can find these under the Menu item “Resources”, then click on  “Cemetery Data”

Miriam Weiner, our December meeting lecturer, was the subject of a recent article that appeared in the Jewish Exponent; “Genealogy Rock Star Discusses Digging Up Jewish Roots”.  The article can be found under menu item “Archives”, then click on “Newspaper Articles”.

January 2020 Meeting

For Frederic Blum’s Handout, “How to locate Holocaust Survivors Through Genealogy”, please go to the menu item, “Archives”, then click on “Meeting Summaries and Handouts”

November 2019 Meeting

A handout from Deborah Long’s Lecture can be found on our website under menu item, “Archives”, then click on “Meeting Summaries and Handouts”

October 2019 Meeting

A handout from Jordan Auslander’s Lecture can be found on our website under menu item “Archives”, then click “Meeting Summaries and Handouts”

September 2019 Meeting
Sarina Roffe’s Lecture Handout can be found on our website under menu item “Archives”, then click “Meeting Summaries and Handouts”

Rabbi Shalom Bronstein’s reflections of Congregation Beth Am Israel during the 1940’s to the 1960’s can be found under the menu item “Resources”.The synagogue was originally located in SW Philadelphia.  In 1973, the congregation moved to Penn Valley.

W. Todd Knowles’ Power Point Presentation on “Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research” can be found by going to the menu item “Archives” and clicking the “Meeting Summaries and Handouts” button.

Check out “An Ongoing History of Beth Emeth-B,nai Yitzhok Congegation” by Al Feldman. The synagogue was located in NE Philadelphia.  You can find this document under the menu item “Resources”

Other Information

“A Service to the Jewish Community Award” was given to JGSGP on May 2, 2019 by the B’nai Brith Educators Unit Charter 5290.

For information on the JGSGP (JGASGP) Library at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) look under the menu item, “Resources”.

To go directly to the our library collection at the  HSP, click here.