Valery Bazarov, HIAS- Guest Speaker at JGSCV Meeting- November 15, 2006 #general

jan meisels allen <janmallen@...>

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
(JGSCV) is delighted to announce its November program: "Genealogist As
Detective: Solving Mysteries Using HIAS Case Files." Valery Bazarov,
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)— Location and Family History Service,
will be guest speaker at a special mid-week, evening meeting, Wednesday,
November 15, 2006. The meeting is co-sponsored with and will be held at
Temple Adat Elohim, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Valery will speak on HIAS activity >from the first flood of the Eastern
European Jews in the 1880s, to rescuing the last Jews of Iraq during the
recent conflict— HIAS has been instrumental in bringing about four million
Jews to the US. HIAS played a major role in the organized rescue operation
during the Holocaust working in the territories occupied by the Nazis, in
bringing the thousands of Jews displaced after the war and the massive
exodus of the Soviet Jewry in 1970s.

By using case studies, with the help of archival documents, Valery will
discuss the scope of HIAS and YIVO archives "where to go for what" and that
reconnecting with family past becomes possible. It will be demonstrated
along the way that genealogy and detective investigation have more than
superficial similarity. Along with the demonstration of the case studies
the scope of HIAS and YIVO archives will be shown to acquaint the audience
with “where to go for what”.

Valery Bazarov a Russian emigre, born in 1942, immigrated to the United
States in 1988. He holds two graduate degrees >from Odessa State University
(1969) and Hunter College of the City University of New York (1994). Valery
Bazarov joined the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1988 and over the next
decade assisted the arrival of more than 200,000 Jewish refugees who came to
the United States under HIAS auspices.

Valery is currently responsible for the HIAS Location and Family History
Service, helping immigrants of different generations to find family members
and friends – often in other countries – whom they lost contact with over
the years, sometimes, decades. He is especially committed to finding and
honoring the heroes who rescued European Jews during the Holocaust. Valery
also researches HIAS history and presents his findings in lectures and
publications. He is a frequent lecturer at the international seminars on
Jewish genealogy talking about HIAS activities and projects. He is also
traveling to Eastern Europe (Poland and Ukraine) where he is working in
various archives and locating documents related directly to HIAS activities,
spanning the last 100 years.

Meeting Date, Time, Location:

The meeting is being held on a special evening, Wednesday, November 15, 2006
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

All are welcome and there is no charge to attend the meeting.

During the meeting there will be call for nominations >from the floor to
serve on the JGSCV Board of Directors. For more information on JGSCV,
please see our website,

For more information on HIAS go to: and for more information on
YIVO go to

We hope to see you at the meeting. For more information, contact Jan
Meisels Allen, president, JGSCV at president@...

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