Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

         

Our October meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY,
October 2, 2019
starting at 7:30 PM
at Menorah Park
Miller Board Room
27100 Cedar Road
Beachwood

Getting Our Records Back
Brooke Schreier Ganz

Reclaim the Records Update—Via Videoconference

If you marvel at stories about “scrappy little guys” (think David vs. Goliath) fighting for better access to important government-held genealogical and historical documents, you’ll want to join us for our October 2 meeting at Menorah Park when our guest speaker is Brooke Schreier Ganz, founder and president of Reclaim the Records.

Reclaim the Records is a not-for-profit group that files Freedom of Information requests to get public data released back into the public. Their goal is to get these record sets put online for free, open to everyone. And if the government doesn’t comply, they take them to court. To date, they have been successful in reclaiming over 25 million records. Learn more about the work of Reclaim the Records, including their most recent success stories and what is on their “To-Do” list.

Click here for more information.

Brooke Ganz

Our November meeting will be held on
SUNDAY,
November 17, 2019
starting at 1:30 PM
at Landmark Center
25700 Science Park Dr
Suite100
Beachwood

Note the special date, time, and location for this event and the need for advance reservations.

Kirsten Fermaglich
Author of "A Rosenberg by Any Other Name"

Two sessions co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland (JGSC),The Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University, and the JCC Jewish Book Festival.

Free for Members of Lifelong Learning and JGSC, $5 per session for nonmembers. Reservations will be required.

Session 1: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
TOO LONG, TOO FOREIGN....TOO JEWISH?: RISE OF JEWISH NAME CHANGING IN NEW YORK CITY BETWEEN THE WARS

We tend to think of name changing as something that only immigrants do—or perhaps movie stars—hoping to escape their families and find their way in a glamorous, rich New World. But beginning in World War I and intensifying during World War II, thousands of native-born American Jews in New York City changed their names together as family units. Why would these ordinary Jewish Americans seeking jobs not as actors or singers, but as businessmen, lawyers, and secretaries change their names? We'll discuss their motivations, their experiences, and their struggles.

Session 2: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
I CHANGED MY NAME: CULTURAL DEBATES OVER NAME CHANGING AFTER WORLD WAR II

How did leaders in the Jewish community respond to name changing? How did Jewish comedians, writers, and directors respond? How did name changers' neighbors and co-workers respond? We will talk about negative responses from Jewish leaders after World War II, who tended to assume that name changers were trying to escape the Jewish community. Quietly challenging these negative images, however, were the voices of Jewish name changers who continued to describe themselves as Jews, explaining they changed their names so that their Jewish identities would not impede their ability to get through daily life.


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 Future Meeting Schedule
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 1:30 pm Landmark Center
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 1:30 pm Park Synagogue East
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 1:30 pm Park Synagogue East
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 1:30 pm Park Synagogue East
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 1:30 pm Park Synagogue East

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