Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


Previous Programs

Listed below are descriptions of selected programs we held in 2011

December 2, 2011
December 4, 2011

Annual Meeting and Elections
and a celebration of Jewish Book Month
with the Association of Jewish Libraries,
Greater Cleveland Chapter

Ellen Cassedy

On Friday evening, The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland and Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple joined in a Celebration of the move of the Genealogy Society Library to Fairmount Temple, the beginning of the 30th year of the Genealogy Society, the 25th anniversary of the Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning which houses the Fairmount Temple Library, and Jewish Book Month at Friday night services, followed by a Festive Oneg Shabbat and a talk by Ms. Cassedy, entitled:

Celebrating Jewish Genealogy: How Connecting to Our Roots Helps Us Build an Ethical Future

That was followed by our annual meeting and elections on Sunday, where Ms. Cassedy discussed the following topic:

Lithuanian Encounter: How One Woman’s Journey Into the Old Jewish Homeland
Changed her View of Bystanders, Rescuers, Victims – and Herself

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Luxenberg

Lost: Tracing Unknown Family History From a Single Clue

Using original documents, Steve revealed some of the specific techniques he used to unearth his own family secret and offer practical suggestions for obtaining hard-to-get records. For genealogists of all levels.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sally Wertheim

Remembering: Cleveland's Jewish Voices

Sally discussed "Remembering: Cleveland's Jewish Voices", which was recently published by KSU Press. Sally was the co-editor of the book.

July 6, 2011

Ken Bravo and Gary Silverstein

Breaching Stone Walls

Ken and Gary discussed what types of "Stone Walls" can cause problems that stop your research, and how to solve those problems by going through, over, around, and under those walls.

March 28, 2011

Ken Bravo and Cynthia Spikell

Computer Genealogy Tools for Beginners

This special workshop featured Wi-Fi internet and access to, which was available (for the first 20 registrants) if they brought their own Wi-Fi enabled laptop.

The program was free to paid up JGSC members and $15 for non-members. Non-members could have their fee applied to membership but no later than the conclusion of the program.

February 6, 2011

John Stoika

Family Tree Maker - What It Can Do and What It Can't Do for You.

John gave a presentation on the Family Tree Maker computer database program, and how it, and similar commercially available programs, can assist genealogists in their record keeping.