JGSGW November 5, 2017 Meeting Announcement - Tante Freida was Almost Deported by the Feds! #general
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington will host the following events
on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd,
Alexandria, VA 22304
Event: Tante Freida was Almost Deported by the Feds!
Speaker: Rabbi Gary Gans
Date: November 5, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM
Rabbi Gary Gans' immigrant relative decided it was better in 1921, to claim to be
unwed and pregnant then admit the truth that she married an alien while visiting
Palestine. She should have been automatically denaturalized according to the U.S.
law then extant! She committed one of the few confirmed cases of voter fraud as an
undocumented resident living in the U.S.
This methodological approach will show the step-by-step approach that revealed
documents that the family was convinced were long buried. Over 30 years later, the
Feds caught her lie. Through disciplined research and good luck, he uncovered the
court records >from the 1950's, showing this 4 foot tall Yiddish speaking, old woman
in a housecoat, almost brought down the US government! This Cold War tale
involved governments behind the Iron Curtain, Israel, and the U.S.
He will also address the ethics of family secrets and confidentiality.
Is it ever OK to reveal what was previously hidden knowledge? Did he
violate his own family promises and privacy by going public?
Rabbi Gary Gans was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical
College and served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tikvah, Marlton,
NJ for 35 years. In 2016 he was elevated to Rabbi Emeritus. He earned
his Doctorate >from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Family
Counseling. Gans is a licensed therapist in NJ, specializing in family
relationships, grief, and the impact of life-cycle events. He is an
officer of the Crescent Memorial Cemetery, Pennsauken, NJ and
past-president of the South Jersey Board of Rabbis. In his free time,
Gary is a sworn chaplain with his local police department.
JGSGW Guest Attendance Policy
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.
Nancy C. Kotz
VP Communications, JGSGW