WELCOME! PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MEETING
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Check-in: 1:00PM Zoom Meeting ( Members will receive an e-mail invitation to join the meeting)
Speaker: Tony Hausner, Town Research Group Leader
Tony has a Ph.D. in Social/Community Psychology from the University of Kentucky. He worked for 26 years for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on research and policy projects. He played a leadership role in 11 town research groups, particularly Skala Podolskaya in Eastern Galicia, where his mother was born. He spent several weeks traveling to Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Great Britain, visiting ancestral places and other relevant places. He has published articles on these trips and has given several talks about the trips and other topics relevant to Jewish genealogy.
Topic: Jewish Internees on the Isle of Man in World War II
Tony’s parents, grandparents and other family members escaped from Vienna to England shortly after the German Anschluss. After about a year, the British government decided that people from Germany, Austria, Italy and several other countries could be classified as “enemy aliens”. Several members of Tony’s family were interned as “enemy aliens” with men and women housed in separate camps on the Isle of Man. His parents wrote letters to each other frequently. His mother kept his father’s letters which Tony donated copies to several museums. This talk will focus on the history of British internment and Tony’s parents’ experiences. He will also discuss the visit that he and his wife made to the Isle of Man in 2016, the exhibit they saw at the Manx Museum, their meeting with Museum staff, and their tour of the island.
From Fred Blum, Past 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 19176-9761
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
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!
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”
“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.