Sun, Dec 12, JGSGB panel: Reconnecting Lost Families: Finding Relatives from the Former Soviet Union and the Russian Empire #belarus


Sunday, December 12, 2010
Temple Emanuel
385 Ward Street
(Adelson Community Hall)
Newton Centre, MA

Program begins at 1:30 pm

Topic: Reconnecting Lost Families: Finding Relatives >from the Former
Soviet Union and the Russian Empire
Panelists: Aaron Ginsburg, Yefim Kogan, Carol Clingan
Many Jewish-Americans have roots in the Russian Empire, >from past
waves of emigration. And Boston has a large Russian-American
population who arrived in the more recent waves of emigration >from the

Former Soviet Union. The disconnect in communication between the US
and the Former Soviet Union (FSU) for a large part of the twentieth
century due to the Cold War played an important role in families
losing track of one another.

In this program, US descendants of immigrants >from the Russian Empire

and the Soviet Union report on finding relatives in the FSU, and a
recent Soviet emigre reports on finding descendants of his family who

came to the US in the earlier waves of immigration.

Aaron Ginsburg is a first-generation American and founder and
president of The Friends of Jewish Dokshitsy. He spearheaded an
international effort to help the local government of Dokshitsy,
Belarus restore and re-dedicate the town=92s Jewish cemetery and
recently organized a Dokshitsy shtetl reunion in Rhode Island. He has

been involved with cemetery restoration, shtetl and family history
since 1995.

Yefim Kogan was born in Kishinev, Moldova and emigrated >from Moscow in

1989. Since then, his extensive genealogical research has enabled him

to trace part of his family to the mid-eighteenth century and to find

relatives in the US who left Russia in 1906. Currently a graduate
student at Hebrew College with a focus in Jewish Cultural History in
Eastern Europe, he has presented papers on Jewish history in
Bessarabia and genealogy at IAJGS conferences and is a volunteer
JewishGen Coordinator.

Carol Clingan is a third-generation American whose grandparents came
from Belarus and Ukraine. During her nearly twenty years of research,
she has traced family back to the early nineteenth century and has
discovered family still living in the FSU. She is vice-president of
the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and co-chair of the

JGSGB Program Committee.

For more details, visit the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater
Bostonwebsite at, or contact us at info@... or

No cost. Refreshments will be served.
Also note the following upcoming program:

Jan 9, 2011: Annual Jewish Genealogy Lecture at Hebrew College:

No Way In, No Way Out: The Jews of Interwar Poland, speaker Prof. Adam

Teller, Brown University (more details at

Meredith Hoffman, Publicity Chair, JGSGB

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