WELCOME! PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MEETING
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Research Help and Registration: 1:00PM-1:30PM
Location: Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood, PA 19096
Speaker: Deborah Long, Author and Educator
Deborah Long has been researching her family’s Holocaust history and looking for surviving family members for more than 50 years. Her research in 2009 led to the discovery of surviving cousins in Sweden, Hungary, Canada, and most recently in Israel. Deborah is a professional educator, though typically her audiences are licensed professionals. She has written more than 20 books, including a memoir about growing up as a child of survivors titled “First Hitler, Then Your Father, and Now You.” She is the founder of the Triangle JGS in Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Topic: Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust
The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Deborah Long reviews the best (as well as some of the obscure) resources and methods for determining the fate of those involved in the Holocaust, including survivors and victims. Deborah will use examples from her own research to demonstrate the documents and artifacts she discovered.
Free admission for members. Non-members are charged $5.00.
*** IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ***
From Marilyn Golden, VP Membership
SAVE THE DATE!
May 3, 2020
40th Anniversary celebration of the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP)
Featuring the history of our organization with a special and very entertaining guest speaker, Daniel Goldmark, discussing the History of Jews in Rock!
Kosher brunch will be served. Location: National Museum of American Jewish History
As plans are worked you will be kept informed. Hoping that many of you will volunteer to help out in many ways this year!
From Fred Blum, President
I am pleased to report that after many months of work, we have joined with the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center to form a new organization.
Our new name is the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia.
The new society’s objectives include the following:
• To collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information about Jewish genealogy.
• To promote and encourage interested persons to engage in genealogical research.
• To stimulate and provide instruction in research methodology, the utilization of resources and adherence to standards of accuracy and thoroughness.
• To foster careful documentation and to promote scholarly genealogical writing and publication.
• To promote the preservation of genealogical records and resources.
• To hold meetings for the instruction and education of its members and the general public.
• To provide continuous assistance and follow up to prospective members and current members.
• To increase awareness of all the genealogical sources that are available for research.
• To continue the mission of the former Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC)
The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center 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 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 19176-9780
If you wish to discuss archival donations or have archival questions, Please contact:
Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center
Our society website will still remain at: https://jgsgp.org
We will continue to have outstanding speakers at our monthly meetings from September to June.
What’s New On Our Site!
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
A handout from Sarina Roffe’s Lecture 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”
“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) Click here.
To go directly to the our library collection at the HSP, click here.