Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

         

Upcoming Programs

The monthly programs currently planned through the rest of 2022 will be scheduled to be on  Zoom.
The programs will be available to non-members at no cost,
but space is limited, and priority will be given to members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.
Advance Registration is required for each program and must be requested by noon on the day of the program.

Date and Time

Location or
Meeting Type

Program description

Wednesday,
June 1, 2022
7:00 pm EDT

Web Based
presentation

Meeting and Webinar

"Give Us Our Name: Genealogy and American Jewish Religion"
Presented by Rachel B. Gross

In researching their family histories, many American Jewish genealogists engage in an emotional experience that intimately connects them to specific stories of immigration from Eastern Europe to the United States. In her book Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, Rachel B. Gross finds that, for some Jewish genealogists, pursuing this family history can become a form of religious practice. Through their research and commemorative activities, Jewish genealogists ask and answer powerful questions about who they are and about their place in the world—the very work of religion.

Rachek B. Gross

 

Rachel B. Gross is Assistant Professor and John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She is a religious studies scholar who studies twentieth- and twenty-first-century American Jews. Her book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, is a 2021 National Jewish Book Award finalist in American Jewish Studies. She is currently working on a religious biography of the twentieth-century immigration writer Mary Antin.

 

To register for this program:

  • JGSC Members: Please click on the following link: rsvp@JGSCleveland.org
  • JGSC Non-members: Please click on the following link: rsvp@JGSCleveland.org and
    provide your full name, email address, and complete mailing address.

Requests must be submitted by noon on the day of the program.

Wednesday,
July 6, 2022
7:00 pm EDT

Web Based
presentation

Meeting and Webinar

"Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Research - Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy"
Presented by Nolan Altman

Headstone inscriptions provide one of the most important tools for those researching their Jewish genealogical history, patronymic naming. This presentation will familiarize the attendees with the evolution of family surnames and the practice of patronymic naming. Recognizing the components of patronymic naming, participants will learn how to take advantage of these clues to link their family through generations. I will go through an actual case study using headstone inscriptions and will show participants online resources to help find headstone information worldwide.

 

Nolan Altman

The next part of the presentation will show examples of headstones and what you’ll find if you take a trip to the cemetery. INolan will explain the meaning of symbols that you will find on stones. Even if you can’t read Hebrew, He will explain how you can understand the inscriptions. He will also show many examples of inscription trends, some odd inscriptions, and errors in inscriptions…even well-known ones. With a presentation on cemetery records, you wouldn’t expect to leave laughing, but I guarantee you will.

Nolan Altman is the Director of Data Acquisition responsible for growing JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), JewishGen’s Holocaust Database and Memorial Plaques Project database. His genealogy experience and expertise is extensive serving in many capacities with a wide range of organizations over the past several decades including president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island, coordinator of the JewishGen “Holocaust database” with JewishGen, Inc. & the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and at-large member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations. The recipient of the 2021 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award, Nolan is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on a variety of genealogy topics.

Wednesday,
August 3, 2022
7:00 pm EDT

Web Based
presentation

Program To Be Announced

Sunday,
August 21, 2022
through
Thursday,
August 25, 2022

Web Based Presentations IAJGS2022 logo

42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

For information about the conference, visit the Conference website at IAJGS2022.ORG

Wednesday,
September 7, 2022
7:00 pm EDT

Web Based
presentation

Program To Be Announced

Wednesday,
October 4, 2022
7:00 pm EDT

Web Based
presentation

Program To Be Announced

November 2022
(Date and Time to be determined)

Web Based
presentation

Program To Be Announced

Wednesday,
December 7, 2022
7:00 pm EDT

Web Based
presentation

Annual Meeting
Program To Be Announced