Sunday, April 14, 2019
Research Help and Registration: 1:30PM – 2:00PM (Please note later time)
Lecture: 2:00 PM
Location: Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street, Phila., PA 19123
Speaker: Dan Oren, author of The Wedding Photo


Dan A. Oren, M.D. has worked for thirty years as a psychiatrist and faculty member at Yale University, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the University of Rzeszów, Poland. Prior to publishing The Wedding Photo <RimmonPress.com>, Oren wrote Joining The Club: A History of Jews and Yale, and co-authored How to Beat Jet Lag: A Practical Guide for Air Travelers, as well as numerous scientific articles.

Topic: The Wedding Photo: When a genealogical tree bears fruit!
A visit to an abandoned Polish Jewish cemetery in 1993 launches a 20-year search to solve the mystery of “Who is Buried in Sarah’s Tomb?” A visit with a cousin unearths a breathtaking photo of a Berlin family wedding from 1926 and leads to discovering their unimaginable post-wedding history. An archivist in Prague discovers an unknown uncle whose life takes the reader from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Vatican. A memoir by Philip Roth shocks a daughter into unlocking a father’s concealed past. In The Wedding Photo Dan Oren shares inspiring stories and techniques of how the pursuit of genealogy opens new worlds.
Autographed copies of this book will be for sale after Dan’s talk.

Admission is free for members.  Non-members are charged $5.00.


What’s New On Our Site!

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”


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