JGSGW January 10, 2016 Meeting Announcement #general


Robin Meltzer
 

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington will host its January
2016 meeting on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301
Montrose Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

1:00 PM Maven Table and Schmooze
1:30 PM Meeting & Program:
Speaker: Bennett Greenspan
Topic: "The DNA of the Jewish People"

Over the past few decades, an attempt has been made to discredit Ashkenazi
Jews by saying that they are not descended >from the historical Israelites of
the Fertile Crescent. For example, in "The Thirteenth Tribe" >from 1976,
Arthur Koestler attempted to show that Ashkenazim descend >from Khazars
who converted to Judaism prior to their migration into Eastern Europe. Other
books and papers published since then offer the same theory. In this
presentation, Mr. Greenspan will discuss the impact that direct-to-consumer
DNA testing for ancestry and genealogy has on the discussion.

Entrepreneur and genealogy enthusiast Bennett Greenspan founded Family
Tree DNA in 2000, the first company in the world to develop DNA testing for
ancestry and genealogical purposes as a commercial application. A Nebraska
native and University of Texas graduate, Mr. Greenspan's business experience
includes photo-imaging/industrial photography and commercial real estate.

JGSGW Guest Attendance Policy

As of January 1, 2014, a non-member may attend the monthly JGSGW meeting
as a Guest for a $5.00 fee payable at the sign-in table. The $5.00 Guest fee
may be applied toward payment of annual JGSGW membership dues if dues are
paid at the same meeting at which the guest fee was paid. JGSGW members
requiring personal assistance at a meeting due to a health condition or
disability may bring someone to assist them free of charge.

Robin Meltzer

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