Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

         

Upcoming Programs

At the present time, all programs will be scheduled as virtual meetings.
We will post updates if there are any new developments.

Date

Location

Speaker/Topic

Wednesday,
March 10,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

"The View from Pittsburgh."
Presented by Eric Lidji, Rauh Jewish Archives Director, Heinz History Center

Although the cities of Pittsburgh and Cleveland are near one another, their Jewish communities developed in remarkably different ways, the result of topography, transportation routes, industry, and personalities. A look at the history of the Jewish population of Pittsburgh from its founding to its current history, with a few comparisons to Cleveland, can illuminate the experience of both communities. Eric will discuss the history of Jewish archiving in Pittsburgh, including recent efforts to document the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018 and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Jewish community.

Eric Lidji is the director of the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The archive includes more than 1,000 collections documenting all aspects of Jewish life in Western Pennsylvania. He is the author of "The Seventeenth Generation: The Lifework of Rabbi Walter Jacob" and a co-editor of "Her Deeds Sing Her Praises: Profiles of Pittsburgh Jewish Women" and "Bound in the Bond of Life: Pittsburgh Writers Reflect on the Tree of Life Tragedy."

Eric Lidji

Wednesday,
April 7,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

"The History, Adoption, and Regulation of Jewish Surnames in the Russian Empire"
Presented by Jeffrey Mark Paull

Wednesday,
May 5,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

"Researching your Litvak roots with LitvakSIG and More"
Presented by Judy Baston

Wednesday,
June 2,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

A Story of Rose’s: Creating a Personal Narrative to Remember and Investigate
Presented by Larry Volk

A Story of Rose’s is a biographical narrative about Rosette Alcabes Volk, Larry’s mother and a Holocaust survivor, whose journey brought her from Cuba to France, and later to the United States and Cleveland, Ohio. It is a son’s creative effort to know his mother through significant events that shaped and changed Rose’s identity. It is an act of remembrance but also investigation. Through a presentation of his work exploring his mother’s history, Larry will discuss the process of using the photographs and materials that are handed through generations to preserve family history.

Larry C. Volk is a Cleveland native and Hawken graduate (class of 1980). He holds an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a Professor of Photography in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. He is an artist, educator, and author and lectured nationally on digital imaging, portfolio production and art practice and has served nationally as a photographic reviewer. As a visual artist, Larry works with a range of photographic media in a variety of contexts. His work has been exhibited nationally and is held in both private and museum collections. He is co-author of No Plastic Sleeves: The Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for designers and photographers published by Focal Press in 2021. Larry’s collection of work and personal story can be found at larryvolk.com.

Wednesday,
July 7,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

Program Title to be Announced
Presented by Crista Cowan
Ancestry.com

Wednesday,
August 11,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

Program to be Announced

Wednesday,
September 1,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

"The American Jewish Cousins Clubs and Family Circles as a Genealogical Resource"
Presented by Robinn Magid

Wednesday,
October 6,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

Program to be Announced


November
2021

Web Based
Presentation

Date, Time, and Program to be Announced

Wednesday,
December 1,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

Program to be Announced