Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2 - 4 p.m. (Mavens at 1:30 p.m.)
45 Manetto Hill Road
Henry Alsberg: Unsung Jewish Hero by Susan Rubenstein DeMasi
The years following World War I brought unbearable suffering to Eastern European Jews. Henry Alsberg, a foreign correspondent and aid worker, wrote about the terrors he witnessed and risked his life to assist his co-religionists. As a volunteer for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, he helped set up orphanages, farming cooperatives, and schools, and he arranged for the safe emigration of thousands of Jews to the Americas. Later, he brought his prized adaptation of the Yiddish classic, The Dybbuk, to the English-speaking stage and directed the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project.
Sue DeMasi, a librarian and writer, is the author of Henry Alsberg: The Driving Force of the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project -- the first biography of this long forgotten hero.
All meetings are held at the Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview www.miyjcc.org
Remaining 2017-2018 Meetings (Sundays, 2 - 4 p.m.) - For descriptions and speaker biographies, see the full 2017-2018 program
11/5/2017 Beginner’s Workshop
11/19/2017 Susan Rubenstein DeMasi: Henry Alsberg: Unsung Jewish Hero
12/10/2017 Nina Talbot: Faces of Dynow: Portraits, Stories of Family, Friends and Rabbis from An Ancestral Town in Galicia
1/28/2018 Ira Poliakoff: Synagogues of Long Island
2/25/2017: Susan R. Miller: New York's Genealogy "Textbook": The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer
3/25/2017: Dr. Andrew Zalewski: Galician Globetrotters, Barber Surgeons and Persistent Women
4/29/2017: Daniel Horowitz: Finding Relatives with MyHeritage DNA Matching
5/24/2017 (*Thursday*) Ron Arons: Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape
6/24/2017: Judi Langer-Surinamer Caplan: My Hashava Experience
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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Jewish Genealogy 101: Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots
JGSLI’s Annual Family History Workshop
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview
A review of the fundamentals of Jewish genealogy. Topics include interviewing relatives; identifying ancestral towns; Holocaust research; using censuses, city directories, ship's manifests, naturalizations, vital records, and other U.S. sources; European records; and internet resources. Early-bird rate (through Oct. 29): $45. After Oct. 29 and at the door: $55. Additional family member: $15. Fee includes a workbook (one per family, on a flash drive), a copy of Avotaynu’s Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy, a light lunch, and 2018 membership dues.
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