Author of 'Jumping Over Shadows' to speak at March 11 Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting #general


"Filling in the Blanks on My Jewish Family History" is the topic of a
talk planned by author and blogger Annette Gendler for the Sunday, March
11, 2018, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Her
presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road,
Northbrook, Ill.

Registration, networking, and the JGSI research library and genealogy
help desk will open at 12:30 p.m. For more information, see or phone 312-666-0100.

Annette Gendler is a writer, photographer and blogger. She writes
literary nonfiction and focuses on photography of place. In 2014-15, she
served as writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak
Park, Ill. Her website is at

Her memoir, "Jumping Over Shadows," the story of a German-Jewish love
that overcame the baggage of the past, published by She Writes Press,
will be sold at the March 11 JGSI meeting.

Gendler has been giving talks at Chicagoland synagogues on "Becoming a
Jew in Post-WWII Germany" and also has been giving a series of workshops
on "Shaping Family History into Compelling Stories" at the American
Writers Museum as well as at WriteSpace Jerusalem. She has been teaching
memoir writing at StoryStudio Chicago for ten years, and in her day job
she does communications work for Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School.

At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, a genealogy "help desk" will
operate >from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Member volunteers will access online
databases and answer genealogical questions one-on-one for members and
visitors as time allows.

The JGSI library has more than 800 volumes of interest to Jewish family
historians. Many are available for borrowing by JGSI members for a
limited time. All are available for perusing >from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at
each regular monthly meeting.

Submitted by:
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

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